Monday, September 17, 2012

A couple things I'm obsessed with right now...

I'm always looking for new foods that I can toss into my meal plans. I'm definitely boring a creature of habit in terms of what I eat. I tend to stick with a lot of the same foods until I'm sick to death of them, and then I start switching it up.

The first thing I'm super obsessed with right now is CINNAMON!!! I've started adding it to all kinds of stuff. I especially love it added to vanilla yogurt, I also toss in some strawberries or kiwi. I love that it adds sweetness to whatever you're eating without the added sugar!

I've been looking at adding some new staples to my breakfast routine and have rediscovered my love for waffles!! My mom makes the best waffles ever but now I've been stepping up to the plate in my attempt to recreate them. For my birthday I got my own waffle maker so I've been doing up big batches of waffles and freezing them. In the morning I just pop them into the toaster oven for 5-8 minutes and they're ready to go! I've discovered new ways to eat them so it feels as though you're eating something a little different every day. I got a lot of these ideas from Courtney over at The Petite Athleat. This girl puts everything on her Paleo waffles! I just stick to the regular recipes  (switching out the sugar for Splenda of course). I'll put a fried egg and salsa on my waffles, vanilla yogurt with fruit is also a good substitute. And then there's old reliable - butter and sugar-free syrup!
Protein shake, waffle topped with fat free vanilla yogurt, strawberries and kiwi!

One of the things that I struggle most with in terms of eating with diabetes is eating on the run. This is almost next to impossible for me now, but I wanted some quick items I could grab and eat on the way to the gym or on the way to work in the morning. Most of the mainstream granola bars at my local grocery store are loaded with sugar and have very little fibre. I came across these great bars at Costco. They're called "Nice & Natural" and there are 24 in a box for about $12. The box contains 3 flavours - Rich Peanut Butter, Pomegranate Almond and Simply Sweet Seeds. They're all natural, low in sodium, 5g each of protein and fibre and only 5-9g of sugar depending on the flavour. They taste really good and work well as an in-between-meal snack. They won't fill you up for long but do the trick.

Next, I wanted to find something quick that would actually fill me up somewhat. Scully over at Canadian D-Gal raves about her Cliff bars so I thought I would give them a whirl. I picked up mine at Costco again because they're quite pricey at Safeway and they only sell them per bar. I got a box of Cliff bars for just under $15. I was originally worried when I bought them because they have on average 20g of sugar per bar. I don't really know how much is too much sugar in a snack but it seemed a little high for me. But, I bought them anyway because Scully seems to know what she's talking about and if she recommends them, then I'm game too.
So, it turns out I LOVE these bars!! First off, they taste amazing!!! My box came with Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip (to die for) and Chocolate Almond. Second, they fill me up big time! I can have one one my way to work and be good for a couple hours. I would highly recommend them and even with the 20g's of sugar, my blood sugars stay totally stable after I've eaten one.
I'm always looking for new meals and food ideas.
What are some things that you love tossing into to your meal plans?
(** Please note; I have not been contacted by any of the companies mentioned in this post and have not been asked to promote their products. I have found these products all on my own after scouring grocery stores for hours on end reading nutrition labels. **)


  1. I like to throw spinach in wherever I can. Scrambled eggs, omelletes, smoothies, spaghetti sauce...can't really taste it and it gets extra veggies in!

  2. Scully is a pretty awesome gal, isn't she? Love that she got you hooked on Clif bars. :-)

    When I first looked at the picture of the waffle, I thought it said "protein shake waffle" (you know, I'm good at missing important details, like commas and stuff). Haha!