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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Following a Low GI Diet doesn’t have to be complicated! And, there’s no need to forever consult low gi food lists, once you come to understand that it’s really just about eating foods as close as possible to their original state in nature, with minimal processing.
Here are a few additional tips to help with a low gi diet lifestyle –
Reduce (or eliminate!) sugary foods!
Do we really need all of those refined sugar laden sweets, soft drinks, fruit drinks, desserts, cakes and biscuits? Probably not! There are many great alternatives so make a conscious effort to make more natural low gi diet choices. Check out the great low gi dessert and low gi snack suggestion on this website, or perhaps you could even invest in a great low gi cookbook.
However, you also need to mindful of all the hidden sugars in foods. Once you start reading more and more product labels, you’ll find refined sugar in just about everything on the supermarket shelves – from canned vegetables, flavoured tuna, savoury biscuits, baked beans … and the list goes on! And if we’re not careful, our daily sugar intake can climb rapidly without even being aware.
Eat small, regular meals
Missing meals is never a good idea! … Your blood sugar levels will fall too low causing fatique, mental … And it definitely won’t help with your weight loss goals either! Your low glycemic diet should start each day with a healthy low gi breakfast for sustained energy. Allow yourself a midmorning low gi snack, a good lunch, a low glycemic mid afternoon snack, and finally a balanced evening meal. It’s better to graze on smaller meals and healthy, low glycemic snacks than to eat three large meals a day. Also avoid the temptation for late evening nibbles that can also be disruptive to sleep.
Go for at least two low glycemic meals each day
Ideally it would be best if all of our meals were low GI, but with our busy lifestyles, together and the availability fast foods and takeaways, causes us to occasionally stray off course with our low gi diet. If we can strive for at least two solid low gi meals each day, we’re at least able to sustain relatively steady blood sugar levels for the most part, and can improve from there. A lifestyle of low gi eating becomes a habit with practice. Begin with a good breakfast and have lots of pre-prepared snacks on hand, and you’re half way there!
A low gi diet is really very simple, but it does take time to make it a way of life. You’ll feel better, more alive, and more full of energy, making it all worthwhile!