As someone who’s always enjoyed food and loved snacking on comfort foods and soul-nourishing goodies, my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2013 forced me to search for new recipes and new ways of enjoying my favorites.
The good news is, I discovered there are so many ways to eat low-carb and still feel like you’re indulging!
Here are three of my go-to recipes. For all the carb counters out there, these are simple, diabetes-friendly, and also delicious.
Pepperoni cheese chips and dip
Snacking can be a great way to boost your energy. But if you have type 2 diabetes, the type of snack you choose is especially important since it could either help stabilize your blood glucose levels or cause an unwanted spike.
While it’s helpful to plan food in advance, it’s not realistic to think that impromptu snacks won’t ever happen. You want to be sure to honor your hunger cues and eat when you’re hungry, especially if it’s been three or more hours since your last meal.
In fact, one of the most detrimental things you can do to your metabolism and blood glucose levels is to forbid yourself to eat when you’re truly hungry. More often than not, this leads to overeating at the next meal and can cause low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and a slowed metabolism in the meantime.
All of this being said, snacks can and should be a very healthy, enjoyable, and nourishing part of anyone’s daily eating plan. Here are four tips on how to do it right, along with 14 of my favorite on-the-go snacks!