3 Paleo-Friendly Snacks for Diabetics

Paleo and Diabetic Snack Bars?Here are 3 diabetic snack bars that will satisfy any sweet tooth – yet contain all-natural ingredients with low carbs, high fiber, high protein. Plus, as you might expect, they are gluten free as well.

Satisfied?

They are very satisfying because they are rich and dense due to their high fiber content (12-17 grams in each bar!) and good amount of fat. They are crunchy and chewy at the same time, so they satisfy that craving as well (You know – when you just want something to crunch in mid-afternoon?).

Note: However, don’t let the product name an labeling deceive you. Even if you are not diabetic, this is a great healthy snack if you want to stay regular or are looking for an easy (and tasty) way to incorporate more fiber into your diet.

The New Scrambled Egg Breakfast?

I like these bars as a healthy breakfast alternative that won’t spike blood sugar, yet provide as much protein as would those 2 scrambled eggs. If you are like many people, it can be challenging to fit in a home-cooked healthy breakfast, especially if you exercise in the morning and commute to work. These “diabetic” snacks are easy to carry with you, not to mention they require not time to cook. =)

Prebiotics & Fiber

Another cool thing about these protein bars is that they all contain Chicory Root. This ingredient contains inulin, a carbohydrate fiber, which is what makes the fiber content so high in these bars. It also provides a smooth and creamy texture to foods so there’s a better mouthfeel.

On top of that, inulin is a prebiotic which is healthy for our digestive systems. Some people even buy inulin as a supplement due to it’s health-enhancing properties – but we don’t have to since we get it in these paleo snacks for diabetics (and everyone else).

Problem? What Problem?

The one potential problem that Dr Weil sees is that people are more likely to over-eat inulin containing foods because they don’t taste like they are fiber rich. This can lead to gas, bloating or flatulence. So don’t feed your friends too many if you want them to keep being your friend…

Calcium Bonus…

Diabetic Kitchen bars also contain a good amount of calcium (8-15%). That’s nothing to shake a stick at. Combine it with that morning latte and you can be getting almost 50% of your daily recommended calcium! Tip: Choose the Peanut Butter Surprise flavor to get the most calcium.

No Extra Sugar Calories

Stevia is the all-natural sweetener used, so we don’t need to worry about the sugar spikes or extra calories from other natural sweeteners like dates, honey or agave nectar. Honestly, I’m a little surprised that more paleo protein bars don’t use stevia. I’d personally rather my calories go to protein or fat than to sugar-laden natural foods, if you know what I mean.

Diabetic Kitchen Snack Bar Ingredients

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Surprise:

  • Chicory Root Fiber, Whey Protein Isolate, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Peanuts, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Apples, Ground Flaxseed, Organic Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Stevia, Cinnamon

Vanilla Almond Bliss:

  • Chicory Root Fiber, Whey Protein Isolate, Organic Almond Butter, Almonds, Ground Flaxseed, Organic Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Stevia

Chocolate Cashew Crunch:

  • Chicory Root Fiber, Whey Protein Isolate, Organic Cashews, Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Cocoa, Organic Vanilla Extract, Ground Flaxseed, Sea Salt, Stevia