Feeling hungry is terrible. Enjoying nutritious or high protein snacks can prevent you from feeling famished and maintain your blood sugar. In addition, low nickel snacks can fill the gap between meals or allow you safer options than eating at a restaurant.
Finding processed snacks without foods higher in nickel can be challenging. Many traditional prepackaged snacks can contain whole wheat, nuts, oats, chocolate, soy all of which are high in nickel. Cautious to purchase and eat processed foods at all, there are some I have found. It’s always important to check the ingredients every time, even it it’s been okay prior, as food labels regularly change without notice.
Focus on the foods you enjoy and can eat. Prior to my systemic nickel allergy diagnosis, I loved to spread peanut better over celery, apples or a slice of bread. Now I substitute the peanut butter with spreadable brie cheese. Packing a lunch nearly every day, comprised of dinner leftovers, an egg salad sandwich or turkey sandwich gives me peace of mind. I make homemade white bread for my sandwiches or I buy a loaf of bread from a local bakery that does not use soy as an ingredient. My lunch will also contain a piece of fruit, carrot and celery sticks, yogurt, a cheese stick or a hard boiled egg. I’ll usually eat the various parts of my lunch over several hours throughout the day. Many individuals with systemic nickel allergies can tolerate white flour, just not whole wheat flour.
Fruits and vegetables are fantastic on-the go snacks that don’t necessarily need to be kept in a refrigerator. I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables weekly, depending on the season. Some lists identify raw carrots as higher in nickel than cooked carrots. It’s easy to steam carrots (or any vegetable) in a microwaveable bowl with a couple Tablespoons of water in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. I also like to make zucchini and sweet potato fries or chips in the oven with a little seasoning or brown sugar and olive oil. You can also dehydrate fruits using your oven.
Here’s a list of some low nickel snacks or finger foods that are easy to take with you wherever you go:
- Fresh fruits: apples, oranges, pears, grapes, peaches, nectarines, bananas, mango, strawberries, blueberries, cut up watermelon, pomegranate seeds, grapefruit, papaya and more
- Vegetables: carrots, celery sticks, cucumber, zucchini, bell peppers, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower and more
- Dried, freeze dried and/or dehydrated fruits. My favorites include raisins, apples, strawberries, peaches and mango. I avoid purchasing dried fruits with sulfur dioxide
- Smoothies using water or orange juice, yogurt, and fresh or frozen fruit
- Cheese sticks
- Rice Chex and Kix cereals
- Cottage cheese with fresh or frozen fruit
- Applesauce or Dole fruit packs, pre-packaged in small plastic containers
- Popcorn. I’ve cooked it both over the stove and recently found Simply Popped as Kroger grocery stores.
- Yogurt mixed with fresh or frozen fruit
- Deviled or hard boiled eggs
- Juice, personally I like to mix orange juice with cranberry juice!
- Processed foods I enjoy – crackers, Walker’s shortbread cookies, Good Thins Rice Crackers, hard candy, turkey or beef jerky- without soy sauce-however many contain natural flavors. Again, I recommend reading the label each time you purchase processed foods.
Let me know what types of snacks you like to eat, by commenting below. All and any snack ideas you have used are appreciated!