Healthy Frugal Snacks
I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. If I follow the diet of a diabetic I'm fine. However, my problem is that if I don't eat something every 2 to 2 1/2 hours, I get a massive headache (the hangover kind!). I need cheap, healthy ideas for portable snacks.
If I leave the house right after breakfast, I can't afford to buy a snack at 10:00, lunch at 12:00, and more snacks at 2:00 and 4:00 before I head home for dinner.
The best kind of snacks would be finger foods (I'm on the go) and healthy. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
The key to feeding hypoglycemia is to always mix complex carbohydrates with protein and a little fat. Plain carbs metabolize into sugar quickly and will cause you to feel very tired, as your body must pump out excessive insulin to manage the higher blood sugar.
Here are some snack ideas:
For emergencies you can keep nuts and raisins or other dried fruit in the car. Carry a water bottle to make sure you are well hydrated.
When you come home from grocery shopping, repackage your snacks such as nuts, popcorn, rice cakes etc. into small plastic baggies. Put these packages into a convenient place and when you are about to leave the house grab a few of these to take with you. Also when ready to leave the house you can grab a carton of yogurt, an apple, whole-wheat crackers and cheese etc.
There are actually quite a few good, cheap, healthy things you can do.
This is for the person who asked for low-cost, yet healthy, snacks for someone who has hypoglycemia. I have this too, and here are the types of snacks that I bring from home and store at my desk at work in a small-insulated lunch bag:
Basically, it's a protein with a carbohydrate, and it's suggested to have a very small amount so the person doesn't eat too much between meals.
I, too, have to follow a diabetic diet. I find that protein works best for me as a snack. I also find that avoiding highly processed foods (chips, snack mixes, sweets, etc.) is very helpful.
Some of the portable snacks I eat are:
The more you fix the snacks and keep your eyes open to what you eat at home, the more creative you will become and before long you'll be coming up with a long list of varied and tasty snacks to keep you on track.
Here are some snacks my family enjoys. Probably nothing out of the ordinary, but pretty healthy and good!
Any veggies or fruits are great and very portable! The trick to this (as with almost any snacks) is being prepared. Shop on the weekend and get everything ready for the week. We visit the local farm to get veggies/fruits and part of our Sunday ritual is to clean/chop/package everything in individual containers ready to grab during the week. If you don't like them plain, get those little packs of ranch dressing to dip or package up little containers of your own favorite dip. A little peanut butter is a good dip, too.
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