We always say people should enjoy their food without feeling guilt. There is no shame in liking food. Calling some foods “good” and others “bad” puts a moral judgment on food that is unjustified and unhealthy. All food contains energy your body needs, and anything can be enjoyed in moderation. Nothing should be off-limits. The minute you put something off-limits, it becomes forbidden fruit that you fixate over.
Having said that, some foods are hard to eat healthily for people with blood sugar concerns. Some foods are so high in carbs and low in fiber that they can be challenging to work into a great diet. If you carefully calculate your day, you can eat small portions of these foods. But a better option is to make healthier low-carb versions of your own. That way, you can still enjoy all the flavor without building your whole day around the treat! No food should be off-limits. But sometimes it’s much healthier to make your own version of them.
Many people love snack cakes. We’re talking about the ones wrapped in plastic that are usually bought at gas stations. For many of us, they are a sweet-tooth treat that takes us back to our childhood. But the amount of sugar and simple carbs in them is shocking. Today we are sharing four recipes for beloved snack cakes that won’t upset your blood sugar.
Not only does this cake remove the sugar from Ding Dongs, but it also adds some elegance! This four-inch version of a Ding Dong is perfect for sharing and has all the flavor you love. It’s easy to make, and the only special piece of equipment that you might not already own is a four-inch cake pan. You could also double the recipe and make a larger cake with the classic taste. A serving has 236 calories, 6.9 grams of carbs, 3.6 grams of fiber and 20.1 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
MoonPies are always a divisive cookie. People love them or hate them. They claim they are too sweet or too crumbly. Or they say they are the best cookie ever invented. Some say they are any any-time s’more; others say they are a waste of time. Even people on our team disagree. You probably have a strong opinion of your own. We can all agree that, as these can be stored for months in the fridge, it’s nice to have a snack cake that’s always on hand! Our final verdict is to try this version of them before you knock ’em. A serving has 237 calories, eight grams of carbs, three grams of fiber and 21 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
Cosmic Brownies are beloved by children and the young at heart. They’re fudgy brownies with creamy frosting with colorful candy buttons on top. Little Debbie hit it out of the park. The nicest thing about cosmic brownies is their denseness; this recipe perfectly captures that! A serving has 192 calories, 10 grams of carbs, two grams of fiber and 14 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
It’s a myth that Twinkies never go bad. They actually have a pretty short shelf-life. But it’s no myth that they are filled with chemicals and carbs. These homemade Twinkies are the by far the lowest fat option we have today and the most fiber. These are the Twinkies you can enjoy without thinking twice. You will need a Twinkie pan to make them. But a Twinkie pan is useful for so many small cakes that we think it’s a great piece of bakeware to own! A serving has 120 calories, 13 grams of carbs, seven grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes bring you as much joy as their store-bought counterparts!