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As a hypoglycemic and as a human being, you really should try to limit your consumption of processed foods. This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight. However, also as a hypoglycemic, you have to carry tons of food with you at all times, so some processed foods, such as protein bars, are inevitable.

Zone Cookie Dough bars in a box

One of my favorite protein bars.

One of my favorite protein bars is the Zone Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar. It really DOES taste like cookie dough! The only difference is, you don’t get the grittiness of sugar.

Hints:

  • My only complaint with this bar is that it’s really soft and there is nothing as far as packaging to keep it from being swished in my purse. I contacted Zone to suggest they come up with a carrying case, but haven’t heard back from them (something that drives me nuts as a professional marketer). But, for short-term travel and to up the anty of “real” cookie dough even further, I keep mine in my refrigerator to keep them firm.
  • They are usually in the diabetic section in the pharmacy in most local stores.
  • If you can’t find them at your local grocery store, Target usually carries them.

Overall, two cookie-dough covered thumbs up to these bars!

Other valuable posts:

Outline of a Hypoglycemic Diet

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

How I lost the weight (and keep it off)!

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As a hypoglycemic, I eat a lot of fruit. Particularly, I love pineapple. But, I hate cutting one up. So, when I found this Pineapple Slicer and Wedger at Bed, Bath and Beyond a year or so ago, I got really excited.

So is it worth the $9.99 price tag? Nope. Skip it. Here are my complaints:

  • I get a lot less pineapple with this than if I cut the pineapple myself.
  • I”m not convinced it saves time.
  • Despite the demo video on Beth Bath and Beyond’s website, it’s really hard to drive it down into the pineapple. Think of me comedically putting all of my body weight on top of the darn thing to have enough pressure to get it into the pineapple.
  • Again, despite the demo video, the core of the pineapple always ends up stuck in the Pineapple Slicer and Wedger. Getting it out has left me with many bruises and one bloody hand.

I’ll go back to the old-fashioned way thank you very much.

Pineapple Slicer and Wedger

This Pineapple Slicer and Wedger is not worth it!

Cutting board with cut-up pineapple and 7 containers full of pineapple.

Back to the old-fashioned way of cutting up a pineapple. But look how many servings I got! 7!

Other valuable posts:

Outline of a Hypoglycemic Diet

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

How I lost the weight (and keep it off)!

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A sign on a Boston Market table that reads "Where's the salt shaker? Salt shakers are available at the beverage station, their new home, as Boston Market focuses on reducing sodium while delivering the same great taste."

Kind of fuzzy, but you get the idea

Dear Boston Market,

First, let me say how much I like your food. Seriously, I used to drive an hour and a half for your food until I moved to Houston. Now, conveniently, there’s one much closer.

But, we have to chat about your new signage and salt shaker policy. I saw this in the restaurant I visited yesterday. I’m glad you are taking a stand against high levels of sodium, but I think you are taking the wrong approach for the following reasons:

  • Putting the salt shaker 15 feet away isn’t going to stop me. I just walked over and got it.
  • A much better approach would be to LESSEN THE SODIUM IN YOUR FOOD! I had the 1/4 chicken white with mashed potatoes and green beans. I saved my cornbread for later, but since that’s part of the meal, let’s factor that in too. According to your Boston Market nutritional information, the sodium in that meal equals 1,970 mg. According to the Mayo Clinic’s healthy eating standards, the recommended sodium intake for a standard 2,000 calorie diet is 2,300 mg. So, my seemingly healthy meal from Boston Market had approximately 86% of an average person’s sodium intake for the day. And that’s prior to me adding salt.

So, as a friend, I’m recommending you rethink your solution to the sodium problem and remove the stupid signs.

Your friend,

Nicole

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Homemade pita chips and corn salsa

Homemade pita chips and corn salsa, ready to go for the party!

I always try to take something healthy to holiday parties so that I make sure and have something healthy to snack on. Above is a photo of the homemade pita chips and the homemade corn and black bean salsa I made for my friend’s party. Below are the recipes. Both of these recipes I adapted from a healthy eating seminar I attended at work.

Homemade pita chips (a healthy alternative to store bought)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take a piece of pita bread and split it into two lengthwise as if creating a pita pocket.
  3. Using kitchen shears, cut the pita into wedges.
  4. Place wedges “rough” side up on a clean surface. Spray with water.
  5. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt.
  6. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake approximately 8-12 minutes depending on desired brown/crunchiness.
  7. Enjoy!

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained.
  • 1 small chopped onion (I prefer a sweet onion).
  • 2 Tbs chopped cilantro (or an amount depending on your liking)
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • Salt, pepper, chili power, and cayenne pepper to taste.

Serve immediately or refrigerate (although I think it tastes best fresh).

Other valuable posts:

Outline of a Hypoglycemic Diet

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

How I lost the weight (and keep it off)!

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