November is #Diabetes Awareness Month.
This year’s theme for American Diabetes Month® is “Eat Well, America!sm”
During the month of November, The American Diabetes Association® and Move Your Mountain are sharing a timeless message—that eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and enjoying delicious, healthy food helps with diabetes management.
Believe me, I know how hard it is to eat healthy, well balanced and delicious tasting meals all the time…especially as someone who has a full time job and teaches group fitness classes in the mornings and evenings. I am constantly running from the gym early in the morning, to my 9-5 job during the day and back to the gym after work. I don’t always get to cook my meal let alone sit down at the table and actually eat. Some days making healthy and smart food choices is the hardest decision I have to make all day. And usually what I really want to eat is a big, giant chocolate ice cream sundae!
If I gave in everyday, not only would I be fat and lethargic, I would be VERY unhealthy.
Just like everyone else’s body, mine works to build muscle and recover 24 hours a day, not just during my sweat sessions at the gym. That’s why it is so important that I DON’T compromise what I put in my body (stay away from the ice cream). Instead, I make SMART pre and post workout snack choices.
Just because you or someone you know has diabetes or is pre-diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t snack too and enjoy what you are snacking on… Here’s the real deal – It’s the type of snacks that we decide to eat that could make or break our diets or make us unhealthy. The statistics are real, according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Just like the meals we eat, snacks should be a combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. We should aim to eat a snack that consists of 15 -30 grams of carbohydrates and 100 to 200 calories (According to Health.com).
Here is a few snacks that get the thumbs up from not only diabetes educators and nutritionists, but most importantly this fitness and chocolate fanatic:
- Apples & Nut Butter
- Cottage cheese & Fresh Fruit
- Dried Fruit & Nut mix (1/4 cup only)
- Light homemade Popcorn
A great tip that I have learned is to always have some of these snacks on hand so that you aren’t tempted to make those bad food choice. For example, I try to throw an apple or banana in my gym bag every morning so that when I need it, and I’m on the go and my stomach starts growling, that’s what I grab.
Of course I have to satisfy that chocolate craving every now and again…just so that I don’t over indulge. Being in the fitness industry, I say to my clients during our workouts together “GO BIG OR GO HOME.” So that’s just what I do when I really need to satisfy my HUGE sweet tooth, I GO BIG – for the good stuff! Chocolate Chip cookies.
Check out the recipe on diabetic living® to these delicious chocolate chunk cookies that I promise will hit the spot. There are smart ingredient swaps that include dried fruits and nuts to help make these delicious cookies carb and sugar conscious…and fit into any healthy eating plan.
Check back next week for another healthy, delicious and chocolate filled snack idea to take on the go! #MoveYourMtn