Low GI Snacks are different to low gi meals. They’re a great low glycemic diet aid to have on hand in-between meal times to prevent your blood sugar levels falling too low. However, do keep in mind that snacking can be the quickest way to undo all of your health, or weight related, efforts. A “snack” should always be a small snack! Definitely not another meal!
It’s also important to keep in mind that a late evening or midnight snack is not a good habit. Remember too, that it’s best not to skip meals or allow yourself to feel overly hungry, as you’d be undoing your health-related and weight loss goals in the process. It only causes more spiking and plummeting of blood sugar levels, whereas we really need to be keeping those blood sugar levels steady.
When snacking, usually a small handful is sufficient to keep you going. Stay on track by making some healthy, low glycemic diet choices when you get the munchies.
Try these smart Low GI Foods as Snacks:
• A small handful of mixed nuts
• A small bowl of freshly popped popcorn
• A few mixed grain crackers topped with ricotta cheese
• Celery or a banana topped with natural peanut butter
• Wholegrain pita chips topped with hummous
• Baked corn chips with fresh salsa
• Fresh or dried fruit
• A hardboiled egg
• Fresh cut vegetables
• An oat bran muffin
• Lentil dip with fresh carrot sticks, celery and cauliflower
• Yoghurt topped with muesli
• Banana smoothie
• Trail mix made with dried fruit, nuts and seeds
Foods to avoid:
• Sweets and lollies
• Potato chips
• Salted, roasted peanuts and other nuts
• Pastries and cakes
• Biscuits and crackers
Just remember to keep some at the ready in your pantry, desk drawer, or handbag, so that you won’t be tempted by other less healthy options. And enjoy making up new options for healthy low gi snacks!
Low GI Desserts? Absolutely! After eating good low gi meals, you never need to be missing out on dessert in any low glycemic diet! You can still enjoy many tasty low glycemic diet treats, in fact the possibilities are endless, once you get the idea of how to put one together. If you use a piece of fruit as your starting point, you can bake it, blend it, add toppings or puree it in a sauce. And if you stay with fresh seasonal fruits, your recipes will stay fresh with the seasons.
To get you started, try some of these Healthy Low GI Desserts:
• Fruit salads – try different combinations with fresh, frozen, or even canned varieties
• Homemade gelati made with frozen berries blended with a little natural yoghurt
• Homemade rolled oat biscuits
• Fruit crumble topped with natural muesli and flaked coconut – most fruits work well
• Poached fruit
• Coconut coated baked bananas
• Baked apples with dried fruits and nuts
• Two or three scorched almonds (not the whole box, though!)
• A small piece of dark chocolate (with >70% cocoa)
Things to avoid:
• Cream and icecream
• Full fat sweetened yoghurts
• Desserts made with refined sugar and white flour
• Pastries and cakes
The possibilities of good options are endless – buy a new low gi cookbook – or have fun rummaging through your old ones. You’ll find many low gi recipes, perhaps with just minor modifications, to make excellent low gi desserts!
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