Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Standard snack fare is often off the GL scale. Impulse eats such as sweets, chocolate, crisps, biscuits or muffins and soft drinks are designed to give you an instant energy buzz from all that sugar or caffeine, but you soon come crashing down into an energy slump. The following snacks have been chosen specifically for their protein and carbohydrate balance and their low GL (of 5N. Choose two for each day, to make up your 10 GL snack allowance. The snacks are important, as they help to keep blood sugar levels even between meals and stop you from reaching for less healthy alternatives.

Low-GL snack tips

You can eat a small apple or pear or a punnet of berries for 5GL whereas bananas and dried fruit have a much higher GL.

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Remember: rye bread has a much lower GL than standard wheat bread, so you can eat a whole slice of pumpernickel or sourdough rye bread for 5GLbut only half a slice of normal bread.

Oatcakes are another low-GL snack - you can have 3 for 5GL.

Protein foods such as peanut butter and hummus, or nuts, contain negligible.

... andjoyohoxing