I remember when I was a kid. If I wanted an evening snack, I typically got a big bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. Now as an adult with Type 2 diabetes, tonight's evening snack consists of a glass of Soy Slender chocolate soy milk and a Kashi oatmeal dark chocolate cookie. Not a tall glass of regular cow's milk and a pile of cookies. That sounds delicious but the feeling I'd have later is not something I want to deal with anymore. My special snacks cost more than what I used to pay for my B.D. (before diabetes) snacks. However, I only eat one Kashi cookie per sitting and I limit myself to one carton of Soy Slender (chocolate or vanilla) per week. If you look at the price per serving (and you know that no one eats the recommended serving size with Oreo cookies, so let's be realistic here), my expensive snacks wind up costing less.
Oh how I'd love to be a spokesperson for Kashi. Their products as so yummy, low in carbs, high in fiber, and did I say YUMMY! Soy Slender has allowed me to have a nice tall glass of chocolate "milk" without the guilt. Yes, the flavor takes some getting used to at first, but when you're really in the mood for something chocolaty without the extra carbs, you quickly get used to it. The vanilla is also yummy on Kashi's Go Lean Crunch cereal.
Most people I know who have a dietary restriction seems to crave the things they're not supposed to have now and then. I'm not sure which foods would be the hardest to resist, but from personal experience I'd have to say carbs. As the mom of five kids, I've found that budget friendly meals are usually carb-centered. Our plan is to grow a large garden with plenty of low or non-carb veggies that I can indulge in as much as I'd like.
For now, I'm going to get the last few drops of low-carb chocolate soy milk from the bottom of my glass...