What are your "Go To" Snacks and Substitutes?

By DebLovesDegas Latest Reply 2018-08-06 22:36:04 -0500
Started 2018-07-16 12:38:40 -0500

We all have them … those "go to" snacks when we're really craving something sweet or salty; or the substitutes we use when we want pasta or a crusty piece of bread. I thought it would be fun to share our tried and true tips and tricks that don't compromise our BS or A1C progress.

My sweet treats: Berries, an apple with almond butter, Caramel nut roll Atkins bar (on occasion), SF jello, SF Jello Pudding, SF Ice Pops.

My Salty Treats: Roasted peanuts, pickles, pork rinds, pickles wrapped in salami, smoked salmon with capers and red onion (and yum, sometimes I put that on a toasted Smart Pocket with some cream cheese, and I don't even miss the bagel!)

My crunchy snacks: Carrots (in moderation), radishes, pickles, pork rinds

My Bread & Pasta substitutes: Toufayan Smart Pockets (11 net grams carbs, 5 protein) - toasted for sandwiches or topped with crushed tomatoes, mozz, etc. for pizza; Zucchini spiral "noodles" topped with crushed/diced tomatoes or low sugar marinara.

Ok, let's hear 'em!

7 replies

Jack Chase
Jack Chase 2018-07-30 15:07:44 -0500 Report

I look at the total grams of carbs on all packaging. Or I look on line. I am sometimes surprised! Regular Cool Whip might have less carbs thsn sufar free. I love SF gelatin or SF pudding with a little whipped cream (or low carb something similar). That topping makes almost everything a little special. I ate a large amount of sugar free ice cream ONCE. I do better with reading the container and eating an amount that fits in with my carbs for the day. I love quinoa. I put Sweet & Low & Cinnamon on it for breakfast & that sweetness helps my cravings. I have learned which sugar substitutes I can use without unpleasant side effects. When I am tired of just water & want a little flavor I make a sugar free lemonade or tea & usually double the water the mix calls for. That helps my cravings too. I did a search for foods that would help lower blood sugars & found food I really liked. That boosted my emotions and increased my options. (I like Brussel sprouts, so I suggest everyone make their own list. Sharing is good, but adding Brussel sprouts is probably not the best sharing.)

Habibi62 2018-07-19 13:44:04 -0500 Report

New here! I was diagnosed as Type 1 in October 2017, at 50 years old. If I am looking for a snack that won't raise my blood sugar, I choose almonds or parmesan crisps. Parmesan crisps make me feel like I'm eating chips, but they have a pretty strong flavor, so a little goes a long way. If I'm just a little on the low side, peanut butter spread on a slice of toasted Healthy Life wheat bread.

Type1Lou 2018-07-17 07:29:37 -0500 Report

My go-to snack is one square of good quality dark chocolate (e.g Lindt) topped with a tablespoonful of all natural (Smuckers) peanut butter…about 7 grams of carb and so much better than a Reeses PB cup. I use almond flour in many recipes and to coat fish or chicken instead of breadcrumbs. I like zucchini spirals instead of spaghetti pasta…all of the flavor is in the sauce anyway. I sprinkle sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds on top of my salads instead of croutons. I'll grab a handful of peanuts or mixed nuts for a savory snack instead of chips. Plain Greek yogurt (Fage 5%) is part of every breakfast for me but, if you must sweeten plain yogurt, use a spoonful of your favorite sugar-free gelatin mix to do it…lots less carbs than buying the flavored yogurts.

DebLovesDegas 2018-07-17 07:39:56 -0500 Report

Hi Lou - I LOVE the SF gelatin mix idea for the yogurt - I'm definitely going to try that! I haven't done the dark chocolate thing yet, but loving the idea of topping it with some all natural PB … thanks so much for posting!!