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Snacks suggestions

scotcaz22

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Type 2
I am doing okay with the main meals....I think! The only problem is between meals - especially in the afternoon and late evening, I find myself hungry and wasn't sure what snacks I should have. The last few days I've been tempted to buy Doritos (cheesy tangy) crisps as it is my number one favourite snack but didn't give in to the temptation and it was hard!

Instead, I had plain biscuits and some fruit (pears & apples - although I'm sad to see that pears are high in sugar as I had one then had a blood sugar check some time later and it spiked! ugh!) this past week.

I would like some ideas/suggestions for snacks which are quick to make or can be shop bought.

Thank you in advance :)
 

rebrascora

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Cheese... good quality hard cheese not the processed stuff.
Boiled eggs with or without s spoon of full fat mayonnaise
Nuts... ideally brazils, hazelnuts or walnuts as these are the lowest carb. Peanuts and cashews are higher carb so be careful with those..
Veggie sticks (peppers/mushrooms/cucumber/celery/tomato/carrot) with a sour cream and chive/garlic dip... Ideally from the chilled counter not the highly processed Dorritos stuff in a jar.
Cooked meat with or without coleslaw... I like cheese coleslaw... full fat, not low fat.
Cooked high meat content sausages or salami
Pickles... A few pickled gherkins or silverskin onions or slices of beetroot.
A packet of pork scratchings... watch your fillings!!
A tub of olives with or without feta cheese.

Hopefully some of those might appeal to you. I know a few are an acquired taste!
 

Leadinglights

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
If you increase the fat content of your meals you may find you don't need any snacks. Otherwise things to try are nuts, piece of cheese, Nature Valley do some protein bars which are 10g carb or Aldi do similar protein bars or some carrot or celery sticks with a dip. A drink may take the edge off any hunger.
Good suggestions there from @rebrascora, she types faster than me.
 

Kath Newman

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hi, sorry nothing to add as only recently diagnosed but really interested to read the answers. I’m trying to snack on cherrries, strawberries, hard cheese and almonds - are they bad? It’s a minefield isn’t it
 

Leadinglights

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hi, sorry nothing to add as only recently diagnosed but really interested to read the answers. I’m trying to snack on cherrries, strawberries, hard cheese and almonds - are they bad? It’s a minefield isn’t it
Cherries are quite high carb but the rest of the things are pretty good.
 

Sharron1

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I am doing okay with the main meals....I think! The only problem is between meals - especially in the afternoon and late evening, I find myself hungry and wasn't sure what snacks I should have. The last few days I've been tempted to buy Doritos (cheesy tangy) crisps as it is my number one favourite snack but didn't give in to the temptation and it was hard!

Instead, I had plain biscuits and some fruit (pears & apples - although I'm sad to see that pears are high in sugar as I had one then had a blood sugar check some time later and it spiked! ugh!) this past week.

I would like some ideas/suggestions for snacks which are quick to make or can be shop bought.

Thank you in advance :)
I have almonds. May be an oat cake. If the urge to snack is too strong, i tend to have some water. That usually solves the problem
 

adrian1der

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I make flaxseed crackers from Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet book. 1g of carbs per cracker. I can eat them plain, with butter or with butter and cheese. His almond soda bread is also pretty good although I tend to reserve it for cheese on toast
 

scotcaz22

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
These are great suggestions! Thank you for taking time to type these down, really appreciate it!
 

scotcaz22

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I have almonds. May be an oat cake. If the urge to snack is too strong, i tend to have some water. That usually solves the problem
Yeah water does help sometimes! I think I’m too used to eating all day with so many junk food but am trying my best to cut all that down and keep to 3 meals a day with a couple of snacks here and there! Oatcakes are lovely! Thanks :)
 

scotcaz22

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I make flaxseed crackers from Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet book. 1g of carbs per cracker. I can eat them plain, with butter or with butter and cheese. His almond soda bread is also pretty good although I tend to reserve it for cheese on toast
Thanks for the suggestions!
 

rebrascora

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
I’m not sure what you mean by this? Could you clarify please and give some examples? I would appreciate it, thank you

When you cut down on carbohydrates in your diet you reduce a large portion of the fuel (calories) from your diet. Carbs are broken down pretty quickly and hit the blood stream usually within a couple of hours. Fat and protein take longer 2-8ish hours to break down and produce much less glucose so it is slow release energy. This means that it sustains you for longer, helping to prevent you from feeling hungry and keeping your Blood Glucose levels more stable.

This is why most of the snacks that I have suggested (cheese, nuts, eggs, pork scratchings) are high in fat or a mixture of fat and protein. These will help to fill you up and stop your hunger cravings much better than a packet of crisps or a biscuit.
 

scotcaz22

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
When you cut down on carbohydrates in your diet you reduce a large portion of the fuel (calories) from your diet. Carbs are broken down pretty quickly and hit the blood stream usually within a couple of hours. Fat and protein take longer 2-8ish hours to break down and produce much less glucose so it is slow release energy. This means that it sustains you for longer, helping to prevent you from feeling hungry and keeping your Blood Glucose levels more stable.

This is why most of the snacks that I have suggested (cheese, nuts, eggs, pork scratchings) are high in fat or a mixture of fat and protein. These will help to fill you up and stop your hunger cravings much better than a packet of crisps or a biscuit.
Oooh that makes sense now - thank you! :)
 

AngelSprings

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At risk of diabetes
Hi adrian1der,
Just made Tom Kerridge's flaxseed crackers on your recommendation, and they are so good. They've just come out of the oven and I couldn't resist trying one. Ideal for snacking and I know I shall soon be having another one with some Cambozola cheese. As you mention, at 1 carb each they are ideal for low carbers. The recipe made16, enough to keep me going for a week. And I like the fact that they are made of flaxseed, very healthy.
I've been into healthy eating for many years, and got rid of my rolling pin because I wasn't into making pastry. So before I could start the recipe I had to go out and purchase a new rolling pin! But I feel sure I shall be making more of the crackers so it will be used.
Thank you for the recipe!
 

Ratbag

Active Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hi, sorry nothing to add as only recently diagnosed but really interested to read the answers. I’m trying to snack on cherrries, strawberries, hard cheese and almonds - are they bad? It’s a minefield isn’t it
Yes cherries are bad and can only really have a couple of strawberries
Think you'd be better with an apple with peanut butter. An egg. Protein yoghurt. Kvarg protein are lowest sugar.
 

helli

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
got rid of my rolling pin because I wasn't into making pastry. So before I could start the recipe I had to go out and purchase a new rolling pin!
As a student, wasting valuable beer tokens on a rolling pin was considered sinful. So, I used a bottle to roll out pastry and the like - we always had one or two of them in the house :rolleyes:
 

Leadinglights

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Yes cherries are bad and can only really have a couple of strawberries
Think you'd be better with an apple with peanut butter. An egg. Protein yoghurt. Kvarg protein are lowest sugar.
Weight for weight Strawberries are half the carbs of apple. Yes I like the Kvarg deserts (low carb, low fat but high protein)
 

AngelSprings

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At risk of diabetes
Sorry, I've got to retract my enthusiastic comment yesterday about the flaxseed crackers. When first out of the oven they tasted really good, however when they'd cooled down not so good, very dense and doughy. Perhaps I didn't get the egg whites stiff enough. They need some work doing on them, must get my thinking cap on. In essence they are ideal for low carbers, l gram per cracker, perhaps other contributors can offer a solution?
 

Paulbreen

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Type 1
Hi, sorry nothing to add as only recently diagnosed but really interested to read the answers. I’m trying to snack on cherrries, strawberries, hard cheese and almonds - are they bad? It’s a minefield isn’t it
Cherrie are pretty packed with sugar, strawberries in moderation, cheese and almonds are good
 
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