The dietitian at the office says that including protein with all your meals and snacks helps control blood sugar. I have tried it and it seems to keep my energy level more stable... which is great! If you eat just fruit, for example, she says your blood sugar goes up, and then your body produces insulin to lower it, and then it may be too low and you feel like low energy... she says combining with protein prevents that.
For example, don't have just fruit as a snack... always have some almonds, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, or a cheese stick with your fruit. A few days ago I tried grapes with peanut butter and I absolutely loved it.
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When you buy a new loaf of bread, take the stale loaf and make up a bunch of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Don't forget to measure and use lower fat, lower sugar ingredients. :) Put them in individual sandwich ziploc bags and freeze them. Any time you need a quick grab n go meal, you can pop one in the toaster oven for 5 minutes, and you have a great toasted PBJ. You've saved money (didn't throw out the bread, didn't buy meal bars), and you know exactly what you're eating. And yummy!
You need a toaster oven. Benefits: convenient protein, fruit snack
I sit behind the computer all day, in order to keep myself from snacking without thought, I limit my snacks to 2. I pack them with my lunch and eat them at specific times in order to keep it under control and not consume too many empty calories. When the snacks are gone, they're gone!
Good snacks = protein bars, fruit, turkey jerky, and nuts
I always overpack my lunchbox - not because I want to overeat, but because I love having options. Having the option to choose whether I want to eat an orange or an apple, yogurt or string cheese, really helps me stay on track with my food choices. If I limit what I bring, I'm more likely to not want it and snack on something I shouldn't be eating. But having the choice of choosing what I want makes me eat something that I want instead of HAVING to eat what is there.
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