Recently, I had to go on injections twice a day to help control my diabetes. I decided that it was time to get serious about my health. Losing some weight would help not only with my diabetes, but with my high blood pressure as well. So I have started eating a more nutritious diet. I am eating more lean meat, vegetables, and whole grains. (I'm sure my body has gone into shock as a result.) I am watching my portions (most of the time) and really trying to behave. I am losing weight and feeling better! Losing weight has never been easy for me.
Even though I'm diabetic, I still have a love for sweets. Quite a sweet tooth, in fact. But I know that I can't just eat any dessert or candy I want. So I have found a wonderful solution that has helped me greatly with my overall diet plan. It's called Atkins Endulge-Caramel Nut Chew Bar. I don't know about you, but I've found many of the so called diet candy bars to be lacking in flavor, or just plain out bad tasting. But this particular bar is the closest one to a "real" candy bar that you'll probably ever find. (Even some of the other Atkins bars aren't all that tasty, particularly the meal bars.) Be sure and get the snack bar, rather than the meal bar, as it tastes a lot better to me. It's chewy and chocolaty and satisfying. (Well, okay to be honest, I wish it was bigger-lol!)
Now here's the great part. It only has 130 calories, and 1 gram of sugar. As a diabetic, we are taught to look at total carbs, and not just sugar content. But to get the correct carbohydrate count, we look for the total carbohydrates (which in this bar is 17 grams), and then we subtract the fiber, which in this bar is 6 grams. That equals 11. Now if you're not confused enough already by the math, there is also something called Net Carbs. If you're counting carbs, these are the carbohydrates that actually impact your blood sugar. (How they figure this out exactly, I don't know.) But here's the good news. In this Atkins snack bar, there are only 2 grams of Net Carbs. And you'll just have to trust me--that's really great! If you're familiar with the Glycemic Index, this means that the bars have a Low-Glycemic Impact. (If none of that matters much to you, just remember they actually taste good! LOL!) And you don't need to be on the Atkins plan to benefit from them. They also have meal replacement bars, but they are higher in calories, and don't taste as good to me. (Just My Opinion.)
When I am having a chocolate meltdown, I know I can eat one of these bars, and my blood sugar won't be too adversely affected, like it would be with a regular candy bar (or my favorite candy-M&Ms.) The Atkins snack bars are low in calories, and high in flavor. I highly recommend this snack bar as a part of your healthy eating plan.