Blood Sugar Levels

Healthy Snacking

Fruit snack

Healthy snacks give you energy, increase nutrient intake, stabilize blood sugar levels, and keep you satisfied. What makes a snack, healthy? Other than it being real and fresh food, healthy snacks contain all three macronutrients -- protein + fat + carbohydrates. 

Protein is necessary for muscle growth, tissue repair, and movement. Protein makes up skin, hair, muscles, nails, ligaments, tendons, enzymes, blood + hormones. 

Sources

Animal protein: sustainably raised animal food, fed with grass. Buffalo, poultry, beef, bison, pork, eggs

Plant protein: whole grains, beans, legumes nuts, seeds, algae, nutritional yeast, spirulina

Fats store energy, make hormones, transport vitamins, strengthen immunity, increase cognitive function and keep the brain healthy, stamina, and improves skin health, hair, and eyesight. 

Sources

Animal: wild caught oily fish, pasture-raised butter and animals, egg yolk, raw milk, cheese

Plant: nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, coconut, flax seed, chia seed

Complex Carbohydrates offer a quick source of energy, regulates protein and fat metabolism, plus they contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients. Carbohydrates are made up of three components: fiber, starch, and sugar. Fiber and starch are complex carbs, while sugar is a simple carb. Depending on how much of each of these is found in a food determines its nutrient quality.

Sources

Grains: quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, oats

Fiber-Rich Fruits: apples, berries, bananas, pears, dates, etc. 

Fiber-Rich Vegetables: broccoli, leafy greens, carrots, etc. 

Beans/Legumes: kidney, black, black-eyed, chickpea, lentils, etc. 

SNACK IDEAS

  • sardines + avocado

  • hummus + vegetables

  • spiced nuts + extra virgin olive oil

  • cottage cheese + seeds + raw honey

  • raw energy bars

  • soft/hard boiled eggs

  • kale chips + nutritional yeast

  • chia pudding with nuts and seasonal fruit

  • fruit + vegetable smoothies and juice

  • pesto + vegetable sticks

  • thai vegetable and/or chicken spring rolls

  • vegetable soups

  • seasonal fruit

Getting to know your FIBER

Fiber

 

The road to health is paved with good intestines. Eating a diet rich in fiber helps to feed the good microbiota as those friendly-bacteria feast on the fermentable fibers. A diet rich in fiber also maintains healthy blood sugar levels by slowing down the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. So what is FIBER?

Fiber is a plant-based nutrient that cannot be digested or absorbed in the gut. Therefore, fiber passes through the gut optimizing digestion and regularity, removing toxins, maintaining healthy weight levels, and reducing cholesterol. 

There are two different types of fiber: Soluble and Insoluble Fiber. 

Soluble fiber dissolves in water allowing it to absorb excess liquid in the colon, creating a thick gel  and bulk as it passes through the gut. 

Soluble fiber comes in fruits + vegetables like:

Avocados, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, pears, collard greens, carrots, mango, peas, apples, banana, beets, okra, potato, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, and peaches.

and... legumes, grains, nuts + seeds

Black beans, lima beans, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, hazelnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, barley, oat bran

Insoluble Fiber

This fiber is found in the rough skin of raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and the bran portion of whole grains. It comes any plant food that is rough, stringy, has a hull, peel, pod, or seeds and it adds bulk to clean the colon and regulate bowel movements.

Insoluble fiber promotes fullness and moves through the gut to remove waste and toxins. This fiber is best in preventing constipation.

We're looking at... Whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, berries, pineapple, apple skin, cauliflower, sprouts, cucumbers, dates, prunes, melons, green beans, granola, cabbage, bok choy, leafy greens, onions, fresh herbs, broccoli, and eggplant.

In general, you will want to drink adequate amounts of water daily to help fiber pass through the colon smoothly.

If constipation is health challenge that you struggle with most, follow these tips:

  • Optimal grams of fiber per day: 40g
  • Make sure your mineral intake is sufficient. You may have to increase your sodium intake, especially during the first few days. Also, try 400 mg of magnesium citrate - it helps with constipation.
  • Eat good fats: Seeds, avocados, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil to improve digestion and reduce intestinal inflammation.
  • Make sure you don’t eat too much protein.
  • Get a fiber-supplement like psyllium husk, only if needed.
  • Be more active, go for a 30 minute moderate brisk walking.