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One of our followers is frustrated in making time to eat healthier on a regular basis. She asked about recommendations for snacks she could prepare for a whole month. Good question – here are some ideas for diabetes snacks for a month.
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It Started With a Request
After filming a recent best snacks video, we received a request from a viewer to put together a video on the best snacks that can be made a month in advance, so a healthy snack is always available. Thanks for the suggestion. Our viewer struggled with having time to shop and prepare healthy snacks regularly, but I’m sure some of you find that planning ahead isn’t your strong suit.
Here Are My Tips
So, in today’s video, I’m going to walk you through how to accomplish this task of being prepared with great food choices when you are having a very busy day….or week….or month (which I know is more often than not). I have three tips.
Tip 1 – Prepare Ahead of Time
First, I need to point out that several of the snacks mentioned in the Best snacks video are snacks that you can prepare ahead of time. For instance, the chia pudding recipe, kale chips, and parmesan crisps or hard-boiled eggs can be prepared a week ahead of time. Or nuts, nut butter, cheese, fruit, jerky, whole grain crackers, or popcorn do not need any ahead of time prepping, you just need to have them stocked in your kitchen, and all of those food items can be stored for a month ahead of time. So tip number 1 is to use some of the snacks discussed in the best snacks video.
Be Sure To Check Out – What Are the Best Snacks for Diabetes?
Tip 2 – Find Your Favorite Recipes to Prepare
In addition to these choices, there are a couple of recipes that I have found to work well with prepping ahead. I’ve prepared an easy egg, broccoli, and cheese muffin from a recipe from the American Egg Board website. This recipe uses eggs, chopped frozen broccoli, cheddar cheese, and spices. I have also made a version of this recipe using canned vegetables. The mixture is placed in muffin tins which are super helpful for portion control. I’ll share the link to the recipe. After preparing them, I placed the egg muffins in the refrigerator and used these low-carb protein snacks or entrée options for over a week, or I’ve also placed them in the freezer, so they were available to reheat and eat at a later date. I also landed upon a fabulous recipe for low-carb peanut butter cookies. Check out my video on the how-tos for making this delicious treat. I prepare a batch of these cookies and then place them in the freezer so they are available as a grab-and-go. These cookies can be a dessert or a great snack that offers only 4 grams of the carb while having a good source of protein with 5.8 grams. So, tip number 2 is to find your favorite recipes that you can prep and refrigerate or freeze. Make sure to choose recipes that have the nutrition facts, so you know how to fit them into your meal plan.
Tip 3 – Stock Up!
And, tip number three offers my best advice for having snacks available, which is to stock your refrigerator and pantry with good food choices. There are foods that can be stored in the pantry or cabinets of your kitchen, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer. I have a list of foods that are my staples. If I’m running low on these items, I make sure to replenish my stock each week. If you have some staple items like cheese, plain yogurt, fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts and nut butter, whole-grain crackers or whole-grain bread, or popcorn, you will be able to prep quick snacks and meals. Stay tuned for an upcoming video on what to stock in your kitchen.
Until next time, Cheers to your health.
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