Saturday Snack Spotlight – Trail Mix

Trail mix is a veeeeeery broad term, and there are countless varieties!

When putting together a trail mix, I like to keep it diabetic-friendly, as dried fruit has had the water removed, thus concentrating the sugars.

This ones perfect for me (especially because I am obsessed with coconut!)

Trail Mix

Great for hitting the hiking trail, a day at the beach or pool, or fun with the kiddos!

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Mascarpone, Blueberries and Flaxseed

Ohh yum! You get a little of everything here, huh?

Simple, tasty snack that won’t break the carb bank… thats a win!

Mash ¼ cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese and top with flaxseed. Only 5g of Net Carbs, which is awesome!

Saturday Snack - Mascarpone, Blueberries and Flaxseed

Would you try this? Do you like any of these things separately?

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Hummus

Who’s a fan of hummus? I love it, and so doesn’t my husband!

Hummus is made of chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and salt. Sometimes it has other added ingredients, like red pepper or pine nuts. It makes a fantastic dip for raw veggies, crackers, pita bread… it also makes a nice topping on a sandwich!

Hummus is calorie-dense but also offers fiber and nutrients, which is perfect for a Diabetic!

Do you like hummus? Do you have a favorite kind? My faves are roasted red pepper, and spinach and artichoke – SO yummy!

Saturday Snack Spotlight – String Cheese

Where are my cheese lovers at?! I LOVE cheese, I always have, and I’d bet the farm that I always will. So many different varieties!

A stick of string cheese actually makes a fabulous snack, especially if you are on-the-go, because its packed with protein and calcium, and there are minimal carbohydrates, so your blood sugars shouldn’t be affected by this snack. With 80 calories, and 6 grams of Fat, this snack will satisfy you without throwing your nutrition out of whack.

string cheese

I like the Mozzarella the best, but I do also like the Cheddar and Monterey Jack one offered by Cracker Barrel.

(And yes, I eat it string by string, not bite by bite!)

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Kashi Crackers Original 7 Grain

Snacktime! I LOVE a snack…. but snacks also bring with them a different set of challenges – what constitutes a snack size, what nutritional targets are we seeking, etc.

Kashi’s Original 7 Grain crackers are made with their unique blend of 7 Whole Grains & Sesame — oats, hard red winter wheat, rye, long-grain brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat and sesame seeds. So there’s goodness baked right in.

These little guys let you feel good about snacking because they’re made with seven whole grains and without any trans fats — so there’s nothing you won’t love.

15 Crackers nets you just 16g of Carbohydrates, and also 4g of protein. I find them delicious and a wise choice for a Diabetic snacker, personally. Have you ever tried them?

Whats one of your favorite snacks?

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Nuts

Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and cashews contain the healthy monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And because they’re packed with protein and “good” fat, they won’t raise blood sugar as much as crackers or pretzels do. Because many nuts are high in calories (almonds are the lowest), stick to an ounce, or about the amount that will fit in the palm of your hand.

Diabetic Friendly Nuts

My husband likes to keep a container of cashews on our living room coffee table – I will dabble here and there, but I don’t think nuts get enough credit. I think many people just don’t view them as a snack, they are more of a topping or something. But they make a great snack, give it a try! 🙂

 

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Peanut Turtle Bars

I first discovered this company a while back when my Mom was encouraging me to get free samples of any and all glucose gels, diabetic-friendly products, all that jazz. I brought a glucose gel pouch with me on a hike, in addition to other diabetic-friendly snacks, so as to ease my mind that should a problem arise, I had it covered.

I didn’t need the gel but, I will admit it made me feel better to have it. So I branched out and tried some of their other stuff. It should be noted I have an INCREDIBLE weak spot for caramel… which is probably why I was drawn to these.

Peanut Turtle Bars

 

I thought it tasted pretty good, and for 10g of carbs, it seems reasonable. Not an excuse to eat the whole box (though tempting it may be…), but this is a healthier version of all the other chocolate/caramel/peanut bars out there.

For $6, you get 4 bars… not the cheapest, but certainly reasonable (at least in my opinion), and you can order them online too! They are a good source of protein, and certified low glycemic.

Overall, I would recommend not only this product, but this company. You get the sense that they do their homework, their research, and are committed to helping those of us with Diabetes

 

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Dehydrated Snacks!

So, we got a food dehydrator for our bridal shower (I was DYING to have one so of course it was on my registry!)

Close friends of ours (one of whom is a chef!) got it for us and we are SO excited! The possibilities are pretty much endless with this thing.

I love that I can control what goes in stuff such as seasoning for beef jerky, and all of that. I like that I am in control, and I can make healthy, portable snacks for myself!

We recently took a test run with some beef jerky (the future husband is a NUT for beef jerky), and it came out great! There is a bit of a learning curve but I think in no time we will master it!

Next up is strawberries, banana with cinnamon, grapes… Ohhh, I am so excited, can you tell?!

Do you dehydrate anything?

This is what we have, the Ronco Food Dehydrator… 5 trays of awesomeness! 🙂

Saturday Snack Spotlight – Cinnamon Toast Rice Cakes

This spotlight is on a recently discovered find of mine – I LOVE cinnamon toast, whether raw or toasted. It’s one of my favorite things to eat!

LOOK AT THIS. CINNAMON TOAST RICE CAKES! Oh my gosh, YUM!!! A couple of these makes a GREAT snack when you are looking for something crunchy! These tasty little babies weigh in at 80 calories per rice cake. They contain 0.5 grams of fat, 20g of Carbs per rice cake, 1g Dietary Fiber, 3g Sugar, and 1G Protein. And they are delicious!

Do you like rice cakes? Would you give these a try?