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6 Diabetic-Friendly Snacks for Eating on the Go

6 Diabetic-Friendly Snacks for Eating on the Go

Diabetes is on the rise today, with the Centers for Disease Control estimating that 1 in 10 adults in the United States are living with the disease. However, just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up one of life’s little pleasures – snacking. What you do need to do is make the right choices when it comes to what snacks you do eat.

The following recipes will help you choose the right snacks that will fill you up while also helping you keep your blood sugar levels under control.

1. Trail Mix

While you can buy trail mix in your local store, it is often bland and, not to mention, expensive. You can spice things up if you make your very own trail mix right at home. To make things even better, you will save money along the way.

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  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup raw or roasted almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 oz unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup raisins

Just mix them together and you have a tasty snack that is filling and diabetic-friendly. If you want to spice things up a bit, try adding sunflower seeds or walnuts.

2. Fruit and Cheese

Mixing fresh fruit and cheese is truly a snack that anyone, especially diabetics, can easily enjoy on the go. There are several types of fruits that you can use, including:

  • Apples
  • ¾ Cup Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • 4 oz. Grapes

For your cheese, try using:

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  • 1 oz. of Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 oz. Of Colby Jack
  • Part skim Mozzarella String Cheese

Mix it up for real variety or stick with one of each kind, if that’s what your tastes prefer. No matter what, you will find that the combination of fruit and cheese is a match made in heaven and will satisfy your hunger when you just don’t have time to sit down and eat.

3. Popcorn

You can never go wrong with freshly popped light popcorn. If you don’t have time to pop it, you can always buy it at the store. Typically, the serving size for popcorn is about 3 cups, assuming you don’t load it down with many different seasonings. This treat will give you something substantial to munch on to cure those hunger cravings while still being safe to eat.

4. Crackers

The next time you head to the grocery store, pick up a box of your favorite crackers. They come in a wide assortment of flavors perfect for any taste and they make a fantastic snack for the diabetic on the go. When buying crackers, be sure you pay attention to the serving size on the back of the box to make sure you don’t go overboard with your snack. Typically, you will want to aim for about 6 crackers to be sure you keep your sodium and carbohydrate levels in check at about 120-130 mg of sodium and 20 grams of carbohydrates.

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5. Kale Chips

Chips no longer means fried potatoes. Today, there is a huge assortment of different types of chips, and some are more healthy than others. For a truly healthy and tasty treat, try baking some kale chips at home. Simply add a little olive oil on top of fresh kale along with whatever seasoning you deem necessary and bake them in the oven on a baking sheet.

Allow them to bake until the kale becomes crisp, and you will have a great tasting treat that you can crunch on whenever you get the urge for a snack. Kale chips are much healthier than traditional chips and don’t have the added starch of potato chips, making them the perfect snack for diabetics.

6. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has become quite popular in recent years because it is a great source of protein and calcium. Today, you can find Greek yogurt in a variety of flavors in your local grocery store alongside traditional yogurt. However, it is much better for you than regular yogurt and contains much fewer carbohydrates per serving. If you want, you can always just buy vanilla yogurt and add a little fresh fruit to it as well, although this will increase your carb intake, so you must be careful. No matter what, Greek yogurt can be a very healthy and safe treat for any diabetic looking for something a little sweet.

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If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to remember that you don’t have to give up on snacking. You just have to make the right decisions with your snack choices so you can keep your blood sugar in check while also getting the food you need to to stay satisfied. These snacks will help you do just that by giving you a tasty treat that is good for you and your blood sugar.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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