The last thing we want to do to our health is spike our blood sugar levels drastically from consuming too much sugar, especially refined sugars found in various desserts, “treats” and flour products. Unfortunately in USA and Australia, many snacks contain shocking levels of different sweeteners including cane sugar, honey, agave, syrups, and dried fruit. It is these additives that are making us overweight and loaded with health issues. So, I have come up with a list of my personal favorite “go to” snacks that are either high in fiber, protein or fat, or all of the above to keep blood sugar levels stable. My clients love them and I want to share them with you in this week’s blog post:
Take your pick of smoked salmon for a boost of anti-inflammatory omega 3s, boiled eggs for some satiating fat and health enhancing fat soluble vitamins, sliced deli meat (beef and turkey are two of my refrigerator staples), roast chicken (go for the wings and the legs for a delicious protein snack), and high quality sausages and jerky.
*Veggies with dip
Go crazy for snow or sugar snap peas, carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli florets, bell peppers, celery and cucumber dipped in hummus, baba ganoush, tomato salsa or guacamole for a fiber rich snack.
Seriously, all you have to do is slice one down the middle, squeeze some lemon juice on top, add a pinch of sea salt and you are good to go with a snack that curbs cravings and fills you up with beneficial fats. Simply eat it out of its skin with a spoon.
*Fruit with nuts and / or seeds
Fruit is nature’s sweet treat and the best way to enjoy it is to pair it with nuts and seeds to make it a low glycemic snack. I personally like to make my own trail mix with coconut flakes, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and cashews (yum) to enjoy with a piece of fresh seasonal fruit like a juicy ripe peach. When I have this snack, I have enough energy to get through my morning or afternoon without experiencing an energy crash between meals.
Try this recipe – enough said. It is amazing – and perfectly balanced with fiber, plant protein and beneficial fats from nuts, seeds and avocado. It makes for a nourishing breakfast or hearty snack when you don’t have time to enjoy a sit down meal during the day.
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