Today we are going to take a closer look at the use of Protein Bars, in planning a good diet for someone with type 2 diabetes.
It is always better to eat as many fresh ingredients from your salads to your protein choices.
But what do you do when you are on the go, and you need to eat something?
Protein bars can be a better choice to a candy bar, and it is essential to know what to look for when choosing the protein bars or you may be getting a candy bar disguised as a protein bar.
Protein bars have been delicious for me to use in changing my eating habits on the job.
Before I was allowing myself to eat all kinds of things that are not good for you; mainly because it was so accessible, but once the decision was made to change the way food was viewed, having protein bars on hand made it easier to stick to the plan.
Are Protein Bars Good for Diabetics
To answer whether or not a protein bar is right for your diet or not comes down to the choice we make and how it affects our body in particular.
People are going to respond to protein bars in different ways; this is something that makes perfect sense, but we seem to forget that sometimes.
People with diabetes with type 2 diabetes need to be aware of how the food they are eating is affecting their blood glucose readings.
These readings are something that people do not think about; even with my background in operations and my job consist of monitoring operating conditions and adjusting the inputs to get the desired readings. I did not monitor my dietary intake very well!
Learning to read and interpret the nutrition labels is very important to know how a particular protein bar, or any food for that matter, will affect your blood sugar.
The only way to know is to how a blood glucose meter and use it to check out how each food is affecting you. The results of the glucose readings will answer the question of how the protein bar effects you.
Ingredients are the place to start, and then the company that is manufacturing the product must be an established company with good operating practices. Quality control is something that must be a priority to the company as well!
Healthy Protein Bars Diabetics
Protein bars for people with diabetes are going to need to fall with the zero net carb count or as close to it as possible.
A quick way to look at this is to take the Carbohydrate number on the nutrition label and subtract the Dietary Fiber and the Protein numbers, and the result is the Net Carbs.
Another point to make here is the Sugars number is usually in grams and is broke down in Sugar and Sugar Alcohol separately.
The Sugar Alcohol portion will not affect your blood glucose reading as much as regular sugar because it is broke down by the body much slower. This reading is about half as much as regular sugar so that you can subtract half from the text.
Amount of calories are significant too; when considering the addition of these bars, it is easy to overlook the calories they have, and if you’re not careful you could very easily consume more calories than you wanted.
Just like choosing the size of our plate and the breakdown of the contents; 50% from veggies, 25% protein, and 25% carbs, use the same approach in picking the right protein bar for your needs. I look for more protein content which helps to balance the extra carbs from salad dressings.
Protein Bars Diabetics Recipes
One of the best ways to know what you are getting is to make it yourself at home. When time permits there are many good recipes to experiment with and make your protein bar at home.
The consistency is the hardest thing to get right; at least that has been my experience, but the good thing is we tend to be more forgiving about the texture if we know what the ingredients are!
I started with making fat bombs when we both were looking into the ketogenic diet plan and trying to get the fat-bombs that I liked.
I have backed away from trying to do the keto plan diet because of the risk involved, and it just does not seem like I can sustain that diet plan for life.
Making a life change is why I am trying to learn what I can from experience and adapt it to a modified protein bar recipes that will work for a diabetic diet and for a regular diet that is low carb, low fat and higher in protein content which is better suited for the diabetic diet.
Homemade Protein Bars Diabetics
Here is a good recipe for a snack that does not spike my blood sugar and maybe you could try for yourself.
Two tablespoons of peanut butter
Four tablespoons of Erythritol
1 cup Bear Naked granola with Almonds
1 cup unsweetened raw coconut
1/4 cup of lily chocolate chips sweetened with Stevia
1 scoop of Avisae Indulge Protein Shake
The best way that works for me is to take the Erythritol and place it in the mixing bowl first. The Erythritol allows the peanut butter to be mixed and it does not stick to the sides of the dish very much.
Stir it until all the Erythritol is mixed into the peanut butter, then add in the granola and stir it in until mixed up well, then add the coconut and continue to mix until everything is blended up, lastly add the chocolate chips and mix them until evenly distributed.
It is ready to eat with a spoon but if you put it into a pyrex square glass bowl and place it into the refrigerator for a few hours or let sit overnight, it will get hard enough to cut into bars, but they will not be hard enough to carry around without a paper towel under it.
This dish is the most friendly homemade recipe for craving something sweet that I have tried.
There is a good reason for this; which is funny to me, I never figured out the nutritional information until just now, and it surprised me a little. When adding up all the ingredients it looks like this:
Here are the totals for the whole 2 cup serving in the picture:
Carbs = 170 grams
Fiber = 57 grams
Protein = 50 grams
That comes out to a Net of +63 carbs; which if you divide into 1/2 cup portions, that gives you eight servings at 7.8 grams each.
That is not very good when comparing to the Pure Protein Bars, but these are much more satisfying to a sweet tooth.
Oh well, I guess we all can pay closer attention to what we are doing. Just goes to show you that even though our intentions are right, the outcome can be wrong.
I am looking for something to replace the Granola that will bring down the carb content and make this balance out to a net zero carbs but will still taste good. If anyone has any good ideas that would be nice.
It falls to each of us to follow up on our choices and to verify that we are getting the response that we are searching to find.
This result is one of the biggest things that I have had to change about my outlook and approach to my diet. We can so easily dilute yourself and even lie to ourselves if we are not careful.
The demands on our time can so easily distract us and derail any of the best intentions, its best to take some time to care for yourself, which at times can be hard to do when you are looking out for other people all the time.
So for the caretakers just a friendly reminder to take care of yourself!
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