Have you ever been caught snack empty-handed?
You know what it’s like; it’s 3 PM and you are starving because you didn’t eat enough protein for lunch. Starbucks is calling your name. Since there is really nothing healthy to eat in the near vicinity, a vanilla latte and a muffin sound great. Except come 5 pm, you are now crashing, cranky, and tired. I can’t tell you how many times I have been there.
Luckily, I have found a new ally in my war against low-blood sugar hunger pangs – raw nuts. I stash little snack-size Ziploc bags of nuts in my car, my purse, the diaper bag, or the pantry – essentially any place that I may need to grab a little blood sugar stabilizer during the day. Sometimes I sprinkle in just a few unsweetened dried blueberries or cranberries and some pumpkin and sunflower seeds make a great clean eating trail mix. I have found them to be a perfect addition to my PCOS diet.
Since nuts are high in calories, it is important to know what is actually in a serving size. Have no fear, research has shown that people who eat nuts are less likely to gain weight than those who don’t (1).
Here are my favorite nuts and the serving size (pieces):
Cashews 16 – 18
Please comment and share your favorite portable PCOS diet snacks!
1: J Nutr. 2008 Sep;138(9):1741S-1745S.