Low Carb Tortillas: Say Hello to Burritos Again

TortillasOne of the foods I miss most on my gestational diabetes diet is burritos.  Nothing says comfort and easy cooking like burritos, but with more than 30 grams of carbs per traditional flour tortilla, burritos are a thing of the past for most people on a low carb diet.

I was so happy to discover low carb tortillas and a return to my wayward eating habits!  Surprisingly, they are inexpensive too, so even low carb dieters on a budget can enjoy burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas again.  I have researched several brands of low carb tortillas and have summarized the different brands available.  If you have found a brand not listed here or would like to share other ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below – I would love your input! Continue reading

Low Carb Shopping Guide: Low Carb Snacks You Can Buy When You’re Out and About

Vending MachineLet’s face it: We don’t always remember to pack low carb snacks for on the go, which leads to the opportunity for failure. I rarely remember to pack myself healthy low carb snacks because I’m simply not that organized. So when hunger hits and you’re out on the road, how do you maintain a low carb diet without just buying a block of cheese to gnaw on?  I’m putting together a low carb shopping guide to help you make informed decisions about what you can eat when you find yourself hungry and away from your stash of good foods. Continue reading

The Master List of Low Carb Snacks for Low Carb Diets, Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes

Chilled Yogurt with BerriesLooking for a list of low carb snacks to give you some ideas? This list will be frequently updated as I come across more snack ideas that work for low carb diets, gestational diabetes and diabetic diets. Since most of us don’t have time or the inclination to cook elaborate snacks, most of these can be thrown together in a matter of a few minutes. If the snack item on the list requires a recipe, the name of the snack will link to its corresponding recipe.

Carb counts next to each item will need to be verified with your own brands, but this gives you a good estimate for each snack. Continue reading

Low Carb Flax Muffin Recipe with Video

I just checked my blood sugar one hour after trying this low carb flax muffin recipe, and I’m a happy camper.  I ate one of these for lunch with meat and cheese slices, and topped it with about a teaspoon of homemade raspberry jam.  Friggin’ awesome!  This is the easiest flax muffin recipe ever, with a total time investment of less than 5 minutes, and best of all my blood sugar was a cool 86 even with the raspberry jam.  It was so good, in fact, that I ended up making two – my three-year old son stole the first one.  I topped his with a bit of honey and he ate the entire muffin!  If you have a three-year old, you probably know what an amazing feat that is. Continue reading

Bedtime Snacks for Diabetics and Gestational Diabetes: Beat the Dawn Phenomenon

Sweet DreamerBedtime snacks go against everything we are taught in our nutrition classes.  I have always known that eating after 8 p.m. will make me fat, so I avoid it.  That all changes when you have diabetes, however.  Bedtime snacks can become a critical component of managing blood sugar levels, particularly your fasting blood sugar.  Although you would logically expect to have low numbers after eight hours of sleeping, some people with diabetes and gestational diabetes notice higher than expected fasting blood sugar numbers.  This is due to what is known as The Dawn Phenomenon. Continue reading

Low Carb Recipe for Cheese Crisps in the Microwave or on the Stove – with Video

I came across this low carb recipe for cheese crisps on YouTube the other day and just had to share it.  It fits all the criteria for the perfect low carb snack – quick, easy and tasty!  I also really like the versatility of being able to cook it either in the microwave or on the stove.  I’ve included a recap below the video for those of you who would rather just read about it. Continue reading

Healthy Diabetic Snacks for Kids

Fruit Kabobs Make Healthy Diabetic Snacks for KidsGetting kids to eat healthy foods is hard enough, without throwing blood sugar and carb counts into the mix; when you are looking for diabetic snacks for kids, planning meals can become so challenging.  Sometimes I wonder how my kids can manage to get satisfied on like, 2 bites of a sandwich, but they do!  Healthy diabetic snacks for kids can be fun and exciting, though, and by choosing colorful, fun foods, you can encourage your little one to eat a balanced and healthy diet without making them eat foods they don’t enjoy.  The following tips and list of snacks will help you win the battle for healthy snacking. Continue reading

10 Low Carb Cheese Snacks That Are So Easy They Almost Make Themselves

CheeseCheese is the low carb dieter’s manna from heaven.  Not only are low carb cheese snacks extremely easy to find, they are jam-packed with protein to help keep blood sugar levels even.  Cheese makes an excellent protein to eat with a dose of carbs, or it can be a filling treat all by itself.  Cheese is also one of those foodie-foods, so there is incredible variety, from super expensive and rare sheep cheese to the everyday staple, cheddar.  We literally go through pounds of the stuff every month at our house, especially since my gestational diabetes diagnosis.  Low carb cheese snacks are my go-to when I’m not feeling very creative – I can just hack off a chunk and be satisfied until dinner. Continue reading

5 Low Carb Peanut Butter Snacks

Low Carb Peanut Butter SnacksPeanut butter is quite possibly the best food in the world, if you ask me – which you must have, because you’re here!  It was first created in 1895 to help patients who couldn’t eat solids, and I bet they would have agreed at how wonderful this stuff really is…at least until the 20th day in a row of eating it.  If you are counting carbs and love peanut butter, you probably could use some tips on low carb peanut butter snacks.  Each of the snack ideas in this article are under 20 grams of carbs and pack a good protein punch to help carry you through to your next meal. Continue reading

How Many Carbs Can I Have in a Gestational Diabetes Snack?

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If you have gestational diabetes, don't try this at home!

The Gestational Diabetes Snack

Eating the right foods is not the only important part of managing gestational diabetes.  We must strive to keep a steady supply of proteins and carbs throughout the day.  This means having three small meals and at least two small snacks, spaced evenly all day long.  Since you’re having two of them per day, your gestational diabetes snacks are pretty important in the scheme of things.

When I was first diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I was really upset with myself.  I felt like I should have done more to prevent it this time around.  I discovered after delivering a 9 pound, 10 ounce baby in 2010 that I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes with her.  We nearly lost her from the rough delivery and her difficulty breathing afterward.  I vowed to do a better job of taking care of myself this pregnancy after coming so close to tragedy last time. Continue reading

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