I have just learned that I have hypoglycemia and was wondering what are some healthy safe snacks that would be good?

Reactive hypoglycemia is low blood glucose (sugar) that occurs within four hours after eating. People that have reactive hypoglycemia usually experience a fast heartbeat, shaking, sweating, hunger, anxiety, difficulty in thinking and irritability. You can certainly modify your diet to help control your hypoglycemia. First I would recommend eating smaller, more frequent meals vs. two to three big meals per day. This can help keep your blood sugar levels up and consistent all day long. Next focus on what you are eating at each meal. Make sure you are limiting sweet foods. If you eat them, have only small amounts along with, or following your meal. Sweet foods include fruit punch, soda, candy, syrup, jam and honey, sweet desserts, chocolate, etc. Now focus on filling up on fiber and protein. High fiber foods include lentils and dried beans and peas, whole grains (oats, barley, wheat, rye, brown rice), foods made from whole grains and whole vegetables and fruits. Healthy snacks could include Greek yogurt mixed with whole grain cereal, hummus and carrots, peanut butter on celery, low sugar protein bar, string cheese and almonds, cottage cheese with peaches, etc. Include high protein foods also such as low fat (and sugar) dairy products, lean meats, eggs, quinoa, soy foods, etc. Finally, make sure you are staying adequately hydrated. Choose water as your drink of choice. But if you are looking for a beverage with flavor, remember that Old Orchard’s Healthy Balance juice can also be included safely into your diet. It only has 6 grams of natural sugar and 100% of your daily need for vitamin C. It is not only good for you, the flavor varieties are wonderful and can provide a refreshing alternative to water.

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