This post is sponsored by Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
If you are one of the millions of people who has any form of insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome, you’re not alone. I have close family members who have pre-diabetes as well as type 2 diabetes, so I know from personal experience that maintaining balanced blood sugar levels can seem overwhelming.
Helping to support your loved one as they manage their blood sugar is so important.
With the risk of these disorders causing our loved ones serious side effects like weight gain, loss of vision, nerve damage, fatigue, arterial damage and more, I have spent the last year looking for ways to support my loved ones in any way that I can, including finding healthy (and delicious) recipes to help them balance blood sugar!
Even if you aren’t at a high risk for developing diabetes or heart complications, poorly managed blood sugar can lead to health implications like increased fatigue, weight gain and sugar cravings.
But the good news is that many times, these side effects are preventable.
How can you manage your blood sugar?
Balanced blood sugar levels are sustained through a combination of eating a balanced, healthy diet, getting regular physical activity and balancing your body’s most important hormones through healthy lifestyle habits like proper sleep and reducing stress.
When cortisol levels are elevated due to stress, this interferes with how insulin is used, and the the timing of your meals as well as regular physical activity all have an impact on how the body manages blood sugar.
When it comes to a healthy nutrition plan, most people know that blood sugar is raised by glucose, which is the sugar that comes from eating many different types of foods that contain carbohydrates. But what many people don’t know is that blood sugar levels are the result of the many choices you make, meal by meal, day by day.
Blood sugar swings are primarily impacted and managed by the amount and type of carbohydrates and added sugar you may eat.
When it comes to managing blood sugar, one of the choices you can make to help manage blood sugar is to pay attention to what you’re eating. I’m passionate about raising awareness of the importance of nutrition in making everyday progress.
Keeping blood sugar balanced may feel overwhelming, but for individuals who need to monitor blood sugar, they can easily incorporate small steps to manage blood sugar into their daily routine.
Here’s the nutritional breakdown:
- 1 carb choice, 4 sugars
- 10 g of protein
- 180 calories
They’ve been designed as a snack or meal replacement, but there are many fun ways you can turn them into a healthy snack. If you want to help manage hunger, help manage blood sugar spikes, and help manage sugar cravings, these healthy frozen fudge pops are for you!
If you or someone you loved is working to manage blood sugar, replacing one meal or snack a day with Glucerna is a part of something you can feel good about doing – at home or on the go.
And if you want to make it fun, give this quick and easy recipe for healthy frozen fudge Pops a try:
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk milk
- 1 Rich Chocolate Glucerna Hunger Smart® shake
- 1 3.5-ounce package sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 ½ cups lite frozen whipped topping
- Wooden popsicle sticks and popsicle mold
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond milk and Glucerna Hunger Smart.
- Add the pudding mix and continue to whisk for 1 minute.
- Fold in the whipped topping.
- Spoon mixture into molds.
- Insert wooden sticks or spoons and freeze about 5 to 6 hours or until firm. Unmold and serve.
- Note: this recipe is for your own personal use- but if you have pre-diabetes or diabetes you should always talk with a doctor before making any nutritional changes.