Aug 26, 2015

Extend Nutrition Taste Test

My family is very active. We are always on the go volunteering at many non-profit organizations for which we have personal connections, going to school/work and traveling all over the city for sporting games. So when I was asked to give Extend Nutrition a try, I thought, “Sure, why not?” When I read about Extend Nutrition products and how they help stabilize blood sugar for 6-9 hours I was excited! Our family of 5 consists of two Type 1 diabetics; my girls, Nora, age 14 (diagnosed at 4) and Evelyn, age 21 (diagnosed just before her 18th birthday).

Nora is my super athlete. She plays sports year round and has delayed lows from all her activity. We have to be careful with how we treat her blood sugar readings as she will have an in range reading before playing followed by a higher out of range reading going into her game as her adrenaline kicks in. She follows her games with a blood sugar check and dinner. Many times we only correct for the carbs eaten as we know the dreading six hour crash will come. Over time we have learned that a single slice of bread spread with peanut butter keeps her numbers in range but many times she grows tired of peanut butter sandwiches. And that’s where Extend Nutrition fills that void.

Evelyn is my full time college student, Nanny to a Type 1 boy and part time employee at a local furniture store. Many times she is leaving one place to go to another and trying to find time to eat something can be somewhat of a challenge. The hectic life she leads makes Extend Nutrition a healthy and smart option.

Extend Nutrition sent us a variety of snacks to try. We had Mixed Berry, Cookies & Cream and Chocolate & Caramel Anytime Bars along with Caramel Drizzle Anytime Crisps. My girls readily went to the Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Caramel Anytime Bars. They were easy to throw in a sports bag or purse and go. I had to taste test too…I mean chocolate, caramel and berries…yes, please! I liked the Mixed Berry Anytime Bar. I am a runner and pace group leader for a local running store. I found that eating the Anytime Bar was good nutrition after my run. It filled me up and kept me from eating the entire refrigerator contents when I came home from my long runs! I loved, loved, loved the Caramel Drizzle Anytime Crisps. I made the mistake of telling my girls they were good and then they were gone!

I could tell you the science behind the Extend Nutrition and how it involves a complex carbohydrate which is not digested fully and converts to glucose slowly but you can read that on the website. What I want to share with you is that the flavors are tasty, my girls (and myself) enjoyed them, they ARE Gluten Free and Kosher. Bottom line, Extend Nutrition does what they say they do…help stabilize blood sugar 6-9 hours and that it works for my girls.

Give them a try! They have many products to choose from and I can easily find them in my local grocery stores and pharmacies.