What to snack on?

By AnneApple Latest Reply 2014-11-28 14:53:15 -0600
Started 2014-11-28 02:33:40 -0600

I have been diagnosed to have DM for over a month now. I am controlling it through diet and oral meds. I am following a low-carb diet. My question is this: What can I snack on other than veggies and beans that will not spike my BG?

8 replies

Glucerna 2014-11-28 14:53:15 -0600 Report

A lot depends on why you're snacking. If you're physically hungry, it might be helpful to think about a mini-meal instead of a snack and combine a food with protein with a fruit, vegetable or whole grain. Testing your blood sugar is going to help you figure out which foods and combinations of foods work best for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-11-28 07:16:17 -0600 Report

Nuts are my favorite snack. I like them all and so I can offer a lot of variety in my snack. Sometimes I will do lunch meat wrapped around mini dill pickles or cheese. You can have things like an apple or some fruit, but I would add something to them to take away the spike factor like peanut butter or or half and half over berries is really yummy.

AnneApple 2014-11-28 10:57:48 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, thanks for your reply. I reach for baked peanuts, but they are not really nuts; they do have a low GI. I am not really sure which fruit to grab, and since I like apples I slice them (with the skin) and mix them to my rolled oats. I'd like to try some steel oats but I cannot seem to find any in our grocery stores. (FYI: I live in the Philippines. I tried to skip the "state" part when I registered so as not to mislead anyone into thinking that I am in the USA; unfortunately, I cannot skip that part upon registering.) For fluids, I take coffee with 150 ml of soy milk and tea. No sugar. Not even the substitutes. Anyways, thanks for reaching out. I tell you, I get frustrated sometimes when I am craving for something and I know I cannot eat the comfort foods that I am used to, e.g., chips, soda, and all those food that led to my DM type 2 in the first place. My HbA1c on Oct 7 was 11.3 and a month after, 10.3. My BG has not gone beyond 100 since I have started my diet. I hope that by the time I take my HbA1C again in January, it would be somewhere near normal. Is that expecting for too much?

GabbyPA 2014-11-28 12:22:05 -0600 Report

Even after you eat you don't rise above 100? That is great. I think you will have a great lab test then.
Berries are often the best fruits. Small apples and fruit that is less ripe. I avoid bananas now.

jayabee52 2014-11-28 04:33:02 -0600 Report

Howdy Anne
You can snack on just about anything which is not made from simple carbs (like breads) or composed of starches (like potatoes or potato chips). It is a matter of serving sizes and some foods the serving sizes which would not spike you might be too small to really consider. What you might want to do is to do an experiment on your body by baseline testing your BG (blood glucose), consume a serving of the food or drink, and then 2 hrs after consuming it test to see how much your BG has risen. I give more complete instructions in the discussion here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...;

But as a general rule, nuts of most kinds are really healthy low carb snacks. Of course too many nuts raise your fat intake and when I have eaten too many nuts at one time, I had loose bowels (probably due to the fat intake sorry if that was TMI).

Praying God's best to you and yours

AnneApple 2014-11-28 11:14:28 -0600 Report

Hi jayabee. Thank you for your reply. Almonds are not in abundance here in the Philippines. What we do have a lot of are peanuts (which are not really nuts). Yup, I do monitor my BG, especially since I am new to all these. During the first 3 weeks of being diagnosed as a diabetic, my BG never went above 95. I'd like to credit my controlled diet, but my HbA1c was way beyond normal at that time that my endocrinologist bombarded me with meds that would flush the glucose out of my system soonest. On my next visit, I showed him my BG diary and he was impressed with the digits that he changed my meds. Right now, I am on 500mg Metformin after my first meal of the day. Then after dinner, I take Trajenta Duo (Linagliptin/Metformin) 2.5mg/1000mg. My BG since then has never gone beyond 106. And I get exasperated when I see a reading with 3 digits. Call me obsessed, but I really want my HbA1c closer to normal when I visit my doctor in January. God bless.

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-28 06:12:20 -0600 Report

Almonds are a great snack, they are good for you and you can only eat so many at one time before your tired of chewing.

jayabee52 2014-11-28 07:06:56 -0600 Report

So true! But I used to be able to eat a lot of almonds before I got tired. LoL! I am now on a Kidney friendly meal plan where nuts and a lot of other foods are discouraged to be eaten as I am on dialysis. So no more nuts for me.

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