Snacks are essential to keep your blood glucose levels as low and balanced as possible. But, of course, just as you would be mindful of what you eat during your main meals of the day, you want to create or choose the best, natural foods for your snacks, too. Here are a few of Dr. Cheryl's own blood-sugar savvy favourites...
CREAM CHEESE BOMBS
You can have a number of different flavours for your cream cheese bombs and they can include mini dark chocolate chips, natural peanut butter, peppermint, instant coffee, lemon zest, orange zest, a pinch of cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, vanilla, pistachio, almonds, coconut and the list goes on.
4 oz cream cheese or Vegan cream cheese
2 tbsp butter spread of choice, or coconut oil or coconut butter
2-3 tbsp powdered sugar or erythritol or erythritol Stevia mix
Soften the first two ingredients.
Combine everything until smooth: using a Hand mixer yields smoothest results
Spread into a container, or use a cookie scoop to scoop balls onto a parchment-lined plate. (If batter is too soft, just chill until firm enough to scoop.)
Freeze to set
If using a container, cut into squares or bars. You can also cover them in melted chocolate at this time if desired.
Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
Dr. Cheryl's Holistic Tip: While these are designed to balance your blood sugars, moderation is key. Enjoy 2-3 between meals.BACK TO TOP
Fresh salsa is jam-packed with good-for-you ingredients, like tomatoes, onions, and peppers, that team up to form this nutrient-filled condiment.
Servings: 4 servings (¼ cup = 1 serving)
1 large organic tomato, seeded and chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup packed chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon jalapeno, seeded and chopped (or leave veins and seeds for a kick!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour
Serve with whole wheat pita, cut into triangles, tossed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic powder to taste then baked until golden brown or enjoy with sliced cucumbers.
Dr. Cheryl's Holistic Tip: Having superfood snacks such as this salsa readily available is a lifesaver! Being ready for the unexpected is the name of the game with Diabetes and this is one recipe that will keep you from reaching for something that may throw your sugar levels out of whack.BACK TO TOP
CRISP & COLD YOGURT BARK
Enjoy a cold treat without the guilt! Topped with blueberries, strawberries and granola, it’s perfect for snacks, dessert or even breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
2 cups of firm Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of stevia (which is equivalent to a 1/4 cup pure maple syrup - or a 1/4 cup of honey is another option it has the sugar, yet some medicinal benefits)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fresh, organic lemon juice
A pinch of Himalayan salt
3/4 cup of strawberries, washed, pat dry and sliced (or raspberries cut in half)
3/4 cup of blueberries, washed, pat dry
1/2 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside
In a large mixing bowl combine yogurt, syrup, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt; mix until thoroughly combined.
Transfer yogurt mixture to baking sheet and spread it until it is an even thickness
Top with berries and nuts, pressing them down a little so they are set well in the yogurt
Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm.
Cut into pieces and serve.
Keep in the freezer.
Dr. Cheryl's Holistic Tip: Add whole blackberries, wedges of kiwi, sliced papaya, whatever you fancy. Frozen varieties are just as healthy as fresh fruits.BACK TO TOP