Great Snack Ideas for T2D’s!

November 7, 2016

As promised, here’s a list of some great snack ideas with only 15-20 grams of carbohydrate per portion! 

One of my biggest issues with T2D is that I’ve believed that less is better.  UNTRUE! Skipping snacks can be likened to skipping meals. It disrupts the balance of our blood glucose levels. Therefore, it’s important to include appropriate snacks in our daily food intake.

Maggie, my Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator, gave me the following ideas, regarding those all important snacks:

  • 3 cups popped popcorn (no fat added) or 94% fat free mini microwave bag
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free pudding
  • 3 cups of any combination of baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumber, pea pods, belly peppers, radishes, tomatoes, or zucchini with 1 tablespoon of dip     IMG_4416
  • 25 Soy Crips
  • Kasha TLC Bar
  • 15 Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Chips, Sea Salt, Cheddar, or Southwest Ranch
  • 5 Reduced Fat Triscuits with 1 teaspoon Almond or Peanut Butter
  • 1 Pack Special K Pastry Crips (various flavors)
  • 1 cup Edamame beans
  • 41 Gold Fish Baked Snack Crackers
  • Skinny Cow No sugar added Fudge Bar or Blue Bunny brand
  • Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownie
  • Nature Valle Dark Chocolate Granola Thins
  • Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bar
  • 8 oz. Vanilla or Chocolate Almond Breeze Milk

That’s 15 delicious snack ideas! Visiting your Diabetes Education Center will reap many more snack ideas, along with lots of helpful information. What have you got to lose?

P.S.  Important Information:  NO FRUIT AT NIGHT!  I can’t believe I didn’t remember that. Obviously, it’s important NOT to eat fruit and other sugar-rich foods before bedtime.

REMEMBER:  Always check with your physician before making ANY changes to your Diabetic Treatment Plan.



Disdain for the “Doggy Bag…

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I’m grateful for the “Doggie Bag.” It helps this Type 2 Diabetic with portion control. If I ask for a container when I order my food, I put half in it as soon as my dinner hits the table.  This prevents me from “enjoying” it too much, gives me a meal for the next day and prevents waste. I just wish they wouldn’t use styrofoam containers (Our poor planet!); depending on what I’m eating, I often ask them to wrap it in aluminum foil.

There’s an interesting history behind the proverbial “Doggie Bag.” In many countries, asking for a take-home container is considered vulgar. In the U.S., this practice is commonplace and sometimes applauded — even in fine-dining restaurants. It’s looked at as a way to avoid waste and this is great in helping our environment.

The Eiffel Tower

In Paris, the City of Lights, the practice of taking home leftovers after dining has long been a faux pas. Thanks to the 21st Century, Parisians are finally accepting this practice.  A law was passed and went into effect on January 1st., in an effort to cut down on the enormous amount of food waste. The French have replaced the term “le doggy bag” with “le gourmet bag.” 🙂


On the Italian front, the “cartoccio” or Italy’s version of the “doggy bag” is finally being embraced. Combatting food waste has become a priority, as a result of a summit in Italy on global food sustainability.

Interesting, No?

Step By Step — One at a Time!

July 30, 2016

I’m convinced this is the only way to do it.


What’s that?  🙂

“This” is the simple, easy, healthy way to live. If I follow my regimen one step at a time, I’ll succeed. We can all follow through with one step, then the other, then the other.


During this “time” of my Dental Dilemma, my food consumption has been on a downward spiral.  The reality is, that I can’t chew most foods.  I can handle pasta, meatballs, fish, that kind of thing. I’ve grown fond of soups. Somewhere along the line, I realized that cake fit into that category of “easy to chew” foods.

NO! STOP! DON’T DO IT!  Those are the words I screamed at myself, but to no avail —  I caved, on many occasions. It didn’t seem to effect my blood sugar, because I wasn’t eating MUCH food of any kind. I guess the sugar filled in where the quantity was lacking?


I lost 21lbs some weeks ago and, although my doctor wasn’t thrilled at the speedy weight loss, secretly, I guess I wasn’t too upset about it.  As a result, I didn’t think the cake would “hurt” too much. I looked down this morning and noticed that my stomach seemed to have expanded.  OH, NO!  I guess “it” caught up to me.

My Dental Dilemma is just about coming to a close — I should be able to eat like a “normal” person within the next week or two…what will happen then? Fear is setting in. Will I binge? Will I gain all the weight back? Ugh.

GET WITH THE PROGRAM, Kathy! …and I will. Back on track, doing the right thing — one step at a time — that’s what I’ll do.


I’ve decided that I’m going to get a head start. I’m going to chart every morsel that passes my lips — starting right now! By the time the nonsense with my teeth has come to an end, I’ll be back on track with eating properly, monitoring my blood sugar, walking, and logging it all.

Wish me luck! Hopefully, I won’t need it.