There are numerous products in the stores that are marketed as healthy when they are in fact high in sugar, processed oils, and high sugar syrups. These so called healthy items can send your blood sugars on a roller coaster ride only contributing to unhealthy sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Instead focus on planning on consuming whole unprocessed snacks that will not raise your insulin levels listed below:
- Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats and vitamins.
- ¼-1/2 cup raw nuts or seeds including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. If you have a sweet craving add 1-2 tablespoon of 70% dark chocolate chips into the serving of nuts.
- Fresh washed fruit including berries, apples, grapes or cherries chopped and washed in snack size bags.
- Snack size containers of Wholly Guacamole Minis, use carrots, cucumber, celery and grape tomatoes to dip the guacamole. Avocados are an excellent source of heart healthy fats that will help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.
- Snack size mini containers of hummus, use fresh vegetables like carrots, grape tomatoes and cucumbers, etc. This is also a healthy source of fat and fiber.
- All natural almond butter (Justin’s Nut Butter) with apple slices or cucumbers. Another healthy source of heart healthy fat that will keep you feeling full for a long period of time.
- Lara Bars are slightly higher in carbohydrates but they contain unprocessed ingredients that can help curb sweet craving without consuming processed ingredients.
- Quest Bars are a higher protein, lower sugar and carbohydrate option that can be used as a small meal replacement or snack. This is a great supplement to anyone’s diet who struggles to get in enough protein and calories per day.