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repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 05:08 PM

I would like to find packaged snacks, beside the granola bars, that a diabetic would enjoy. Doing a google search I found very little available except from specialty shops, or items which appear to be less for 'fun' and more for survival.

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    DarkRose RE: repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 05:48 PM

    My father always made sure he had something like a can of unsweetened orange juice with him in case he was out and about and needed a bit of something, as well as one of the following: cheese cubes, peanut butter crackers, packet of raisins, packet of peanuts. I'm sure there were more, but those are the ones I remember.

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      PeterL RE: DarkRose Mar 1, 2008 08:02 PM

      The first thing my doctor told me not to drink when I was diagnosed was orange juice (there is not such thing as unsweetened oragned juice, sugar is part of the juice naturally). One glass of orange juice, without any added sugar, contains the sugar of 3 oranges. Raisins are also forbidden, as one grape is like a pure shot of sugar.

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        DarkRose RE: PeterL Mar 1, 2008 08:47 PM

        Fine, if you want to argue semantics, how about no sugar added orange juice. The label on the can says unsweetened, so if you disagree with that, kindly take it up with the folks at Dole.

        And no, you shouldn't drink "a glass of orange juice" as your normal beverage to accompany a meal. But when you're crashing? It's the beverage of choice, and a six ounce can of unsweetened (oops, sorry. "no sugar added") orange juice and a bit of protein is the quickest way to keep you from face planting.

    2. applehome RE: repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 07:53 PM

      You have to be careful - snacks just for snacking, or snacks for getting your blood sugar up? I wouldn't eat a package of raisins just for snacking, but might consider it for when I'm beginning to feel hypoglycemic. Snacks that I have around for just being hungry and that would not swing your blood sugar much include some fruits (a small apple, pear or orange is good - but not a banana), slim jims and cheese sticks (but watch the fat content), and popcorn (smartfoods type - also watch the fat if cheese flavored).

      Here's a good list:
      http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/art...

      1. PeterL RE: repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 08:00 PM

        I can only find Adkins Plus snack bars to carry when I go to the gym. it has one gram of sugar. All other kinds have at least 16 gms of sugar. How much sugar is in the granola bar? I am going to make my own snack bars from now on.

        Nuts are good, so long as you don't over do it. My nutritionist said no more than six almonds a day.

        1. soypower RE: repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 09:24 PM

          here's a website with a ton of sugar free options:

          http://www.diabeticdirect.com/sugar-f...

          the bacon flavored wisconsin cheese bites look very interesting...:o)

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            foodperv RE: soypower Mar 2, 2008 10:13 AM

            i am a diabetic as well
            don't waste your time on the bacon flavored cheese been there done that
            it has that fake smoked flavor thing about it

          2. goodhealthgourmet RE: repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 10:02 PM

            i'm assuming you mean regular snacks for times when blood sugar is in check...

            string cheese
            unsweetened greek yogurt
            single-serving "on-the-go" cottage cheese cups
            pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios
            pumpkin or sunflower seeds in the shell
            jerky
            popcorn

            and not necessarily pre-packaged as single servings, but very easy to prepare for portability:
            peanut butter and celery [or even a few apple slices or carrots if your sugars are really stable]
            raw veggies with hummus or other bean dip
            high-fiber, low-sugar cereals - cheerios, kashi good friends, etc. - portioned into baggies
            deli turkey roll-ups with lettuce, tomato & whole-grain mustard

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              Erika L RE: repulsewarrior Mar 1, 2008 11:37 PM

              One of my cycling partners is both a Type I and a Type II diabetic (and was just diagnosed celiac, too) and has taught me a lot about it. Eating when you're diabetic *is* about survival--your food choices are driven by medical necessity, not by considerations the rest of us get to think about. Nuts are satisfying and portable snacks, or check out the chips aisle for soy crisps--some are very good, it's a matter of personal preference which flavors you'd like. He's fond of wasabi peas, too. I cannot imagine being a diabetic chowhound--I wish you the best in your search for appropriate and fun snacks.

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