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I am a recently diagnosed pre-diabetic or diabetic if you don't consider pre-diabetes real. I also need to lose about 40 more pounds. Looking for suggestions for low carb, low calorie, snacks that really serve to curb late afternoon and evening munchies. Taste is definitely important.

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  1. The key is to always have a little bit of protein with your carbs and stick to complex carbohydrates. For example a small piece of cheese with an apple. A piece of whole grain toast with natural nut butter (almond, cashew, etc). A hard boiled egg with carrot sticks and celery sticks is a good snack. Stay away from refined sugars (jams, juice, white bread and pasta).

    I wish you well. I believe it is possible to see great, immediate improvements with Type II Diabetes with small dietary changes and moderate exercise.

    1. Hummus with celery! Low-fat mozzarella sticks are nice, maybe with a few Triscuits or other whole grain cracker which offers complex carbs.

      1. Turkey teriyaki jerky

        a cup of lentil soup

        hummus is a good suggestion, you could probably get away with a whole wheat mini-pita or two with it as well

        Non-fat Greek style yogurt with some cut up strawberries or frozen blueberries

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        1. re: Chowpatty

          I think the yogurt with fresh fruit is a good idea, but I would add a small amount of fresh, not roasted, almonds or walnuts for some extra protein.

          Where do you get turkey teriyaki jerky? Sounds tasty. My "bubbie" used to make beef jerky years and years ago. Haven't had beef jerky in years, but turkey jerky sounds interesting.

          1. re: pescatarian

            I get turkey teriyaki jerky at Trader Joe's, but I'm sure they have it at regular markets.
            The nuts are a good idea, but you have to watch the calories, and Greek-style yogurt has quite a bit more protein than regular yogurt.

          2. re: Chowpatty

            where do you get turkey jerky without a lot of sugar & salt? especially teriyaki

            1. re: budlit

              Maybe Whole Foods...but I don't find the sugar and salt to be a problem in the amount that you would normally eat. Salt doesn't bother me at all, because I don't eat fast food or processed foods, I use as much as I want otherwise.
              And there's not that much sugar in one serving of beef or turkey jerky, unless you're on an extremely strict low-carb diet.
              Both ingredients are fairly necessary for good flavor.

          3. I love me some edamame in the pods. Not only do I love the taste, the mere act of me having to pick or push it out of the pod makes the whole snacking process fun (playing w/food) and makes it last longer than just shoveling it in.

            I also love almonds and dried cranberries. Those two are my latest obsessions.

            1. I like low-carb yogurt, cheeses, pepperoni chips (microwave sliced pepperoni on paper towels until crisp - "crispy" is a nice change when you're following a lower carb way of eating), lettuce wraps with deli meats and cheeses, egg salad, avocados, etc.

              I haven't had to worry about calories (I use low-carb for weight loss/maintaining that loss and keeping my cholesterol and triglycerides down) so I never watched the fat/calories, so I think that's about the end of my helpful hints. (I go through a ton of butter, heavy cream, sour cream, avocados, bacon, cheese, bleu cheese dressings, etc with fresh veggies.)