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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,896
12/10/13 8:18 A

Generally apples have 15 carbs.....I think the point of the article is how blood sugar affects energy.

Add a protein with the apple....a light smear of Peanut butter or even a walnut half....maybe 1 ounce of low sodium cheese....Walnut Oil improves blood sugar control, stopping a troublesome blood sugar spike and slows down carb digestion.

low blood glucose can make a person hungry and tired...when glucose levels rise too quickly, your pancreas may produce too much insulin....you're hungry and tired and looking for more glucose...You can avoid low blood sugar by avoiding high blood sugar...skip refined flours in white bread and pasta, coffee, soda and sweets and it will help avoid the crash that creates cravings.

an apple usually fights fight fatigue when paired with a protein or even fiber....phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar...staying well hydrated will also ward off any afternoon slumps.

I also eat Granny Apples...the antioxidants from Granny Smith apples lessen your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke and the high fiber content of Granny Smith apples can help your weight loss .

Other energy boosters are...Granola and energy bars usually have sugar and additives. Your better off eating 20 almonds. You be surprised to see how fast you'll lose giving up the bars, just stay hydrated and you'll see more energy.

Oatmeal, the old fashioned type provides energy because of the B vitamins.

eggs, strawberries and avocados are energy boosters too

If you want crunch get red peppers, cut into strips and dip in salsa.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 12/10/2013 (08:19)
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12/9/13 2:01 P

I enjoy the Granny Smith apples because of the taste and because of the fiber (in all apples of course). I can eat an apple and be filled or be hungry again within 30 minutes.

With the yogurt, I think it was the frozen yogurt that was the one to avoid. I could be wrong, I just skimmed the article (trying to hit the major points). I eat the Yoplait 100 Calorie Greek Yogurt in the afternoon, especially after I do my strength training and it hasn't been a problem. Sometimes, I'll eat it after my cardio workout too...to vary up what protein I eat after a cardio session.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,740
12/9/13 1:50 P

I saw this article this morning and have a tendency to agree.

I do like apples as snacks but always eat them with a bit of protein to make them stick.

I believe they said yogurt wasn't a good snack. I disagree. Even some of the yogurt brands that are pure desert work for me. I figure that if I am craving cheesecake. I can eat something that is cheesecake like and a lot less calories. And I will be satisfied.

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12/9/13 1:44 P

Apples for me can go either way. Sometimes they fill me up and tide me over until the next meal and sometimes they make me hungrier than ever.

EELPIE Posts: 2,669
12/9/13 1:09 P

I agree about apples. The average apple only has about 100 calories, so yeah it's really not rib sticking quality food. Some people also have a problem with the carbs in an apple.

I snack on apples, though. I get the granny smith kind, and for me it really satisfies a sweet/tart experience I love.

I agree with this list, however. I tried pretzels in the beginning as a snack, and I don't know if it was the sodium or the carbs from the flour, but I ended up gaining a little bit :(

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
12/9/13 1:01 P

I would agree with most everything in that article.... so many things we think of as "snack food" is actually just one version or another of "refined carbs"... too many calories for the satisfaction you get, and they metabolize too quickly, leaving you hungry again too soon.

I like how they point out foods that "seem virtuous" like the "fat free pretzels" and the "pita chips" - both these things SOUND like they are "healthy" or at least "healthier than your typical junk food snack" when in reality, they are not much of an improvement at all!

I agree with what they say about the apple - I actually *do* like apples and would probably eat one for a snack and be fine, but time and time again i see people on here say things like "I ate an apple and now i'm even HUNGRIER than i was before i ate it!" - somehow, they just don't seem to have much "stick to the ribs power" for quite a few people!! - but as the article points out, add a little bit of protein and/or fat and an apple can be a very useful *part* of an afternoon snack.



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12/9/13 12:37 P

I saw this article on snacks you should avoid in the afternoon. What do you guys think? The only one that sort of surprised me was the apple. I guess I can see it. It seems that including some sort of protein rich snack in the afternoon would be the point of the article.

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