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Sep 17, 2012 08:38 AM

Need ideas: what food to pack on a 48 hour bus ride + for a diabetic.

The guy is a man who would eat anything between bread. But I'm trying to switch it up and make sure he has at least some food (because he could easily go without and then live off a cheap muffin and a morning coffee all day). Thanks in advance!

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  1. Beef jerky, nuts of any kind, cheese, celery stuffed with peanut butter, and something sweet in case his sugar gets too low.

    1. Nuts, trail mix with dried fruits (I believe raisins, dried apricots, dried cranberries are OK for diabetics), baby carrots, string cheese.

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Actually raisins and other dried fruit are high in carbs and thus not too good for us. Of course, anything in moderation is okay. Dried fruits would be good to treat a low blood sugar though.

      2. My neighbor gave me his list of allowable snacks. Here are some that I thought might travel well.

        12-15 grams of carbohydrate of 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch) exchange

        1 small apple
        8 animal crackers
        1/2 cup chow mein noodles
        3 dried dates
        3 gingersnaps
        3 graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
        15 grapes
        5 slices melba toast
        3 peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat exchange)
        24 oyster crackers
        15 grapes
        12 Bing cherries

        Less than 5 grams of carbohydrate

        3 celery sticks +1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
        5 baby carrots
        5 cherry tomatoes + 1 Tablespoon ranch
        1/4 cup fresh blueberries
        1 piece string cheese stick

        About 10-20 grams of carbohydrate

        1/2 cup almonds or other nuts
        1/3 cup hummus + 1 cup raw fresh-cut veggies (green peppers, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, or a combination)
        2 rice cakes (4" diameter) +1 Tablespoon peanut butter
        5 whole wheat crackers (or 3/4 oz) + 1 piece string cheese

        1. Lots of diabetics and their loved ones who cook for people with DM on the Special Diets board!

          1. The sugar content in dried fruits is concentrated and a very little of it goes a long way in a diabetic diet. I'd rely on some simple carbohydrates RtizĀ® crackers, Wheat ThinsĀ®, and similar items with fiber. Those snack bars that are available in everything from granola to fruit bars are something we carry on trips and they can be purchased selectively to keep the sugar content low (we generally look for 6 grams or less) and if he drinks milk a thermos of that would also be a good choice. Whole milk digests slowly so it's not a shock to the system like sucrose might be.