Snacky Time: Meatballs.
Trader Joe's has some of the tastiest food options I've found since moving to CT (we didn't have a Trader Joe's in RI waaaaay back in the day like three years ago whoops digression and a run-on - yay), and their aisles appear to be crammed with almost entirely organic options. Which is nice for a diabetic who is making attempts to be healthy.
But I find that a lower-carb lifestyle leaves me hungry sometimes. Not like The Hulk-type hungry (You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry!) but more that gnawing stomach rumble that seems to be quieted only by a nice slice of toast.
Thankfully, Trader Joe (whoever he is) made meatballs. And it is good
These round mounds of seasoned deliciousness are substantial enough to take the edge off my hunger and they pack a protein punch of 12 grams per two meatballs. Clocking in at only 5 grams of carbs per two, a bowl of meatballs can give me 36 grams of protein and only 15 grams of carbs. Coupled with Chris's homemade red sauce, this snack option does it for me.
I've also been working on trying to not treat lows with juice or glucose tabs, but instead with "real food." Stop & Shop also has these smoooooshed fruit bars from Fruitabu that are organic, delicious, and 10 grams of carbs apiece. I've used these to treat lows over the last week or two (lows like 60 mg/dl, not lows like 40 mg/dl) and the hardest part has been sitting and waiting for the carbs to take effect. But I'm not inclined to over-treat when the snack is portioned out into one 10 gram slam, and since they taste so nice (grape is my favorite so far), it's almost like a treat.
Food is a huge part of that equation we're trying to balance on a daily basis, and I remain thankful for the things that actually WORK OUT. (And I'm also thankful for the fact that the word "smoooshed" is used in the Fruitabu marketing campaign. That's quality.)