When you have diabetes, lifestyle changes are necessary to take care of your overall health. Unfortunately, that means that everyday things we may be used to – like snacking, for example – can become a lot more difficult. That said, it doesn’t have to be a challenge to keep foods that don’t spike blood sugar on-hand for a quick bite! These snacks for diabetics are equally tasty and healthy.
Due to their blend of fiber, protein and healthy fats, nuts can help stabilize blood sugar. From cashews to almonds, these healthy snacks are filling and low in carbs. Opt for unsalted varieties and stick to about a handful for a nutritious snack that’s great on the go.
Apples with peanut butter
Just like the childhood favorite, apple slices with peanut butter make a great treat at any age. Add in all of the vitamin, mineral and antioxidant benefits of apples, and you’ll see why the ADA continues to recommend them as atop choice for people with diabetes.
Fill up on fiber and protein with hummus, a popular spread made from healthy chickpeas. While hummus does have carbs, the body digests them slowly, helping to avoid a blood sugar spike. Try it with veggie sticks for a wholesome, anytime option.
With the possibility that weight gain from lockdown has led to a growing number of children with diabetes, many parents are searching for diabetic-friendly snacks that kids love. Trail mix tends to be a hit! When portioned out appropriately, the combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit is full of nutritional value, while the sweet and savory blend puts a smile on kids’ faces.
Endlessly versatile, eggs make an excellent choice for those looking to control their blood sugar. They’ve been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, while promoting long-term control, as well. To make them extra convenient for snacking, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or meal prep quick and easy egg muffins.
The probiotics in yogurt help your body metabolize foods that contain sugar, which can lower your blood sugar levels overall. Combined with their high levels of protein, especially Greek yogurt, and this is a snack that can be enjoyed in several ways. Have it as is, add berries or even make a parfait.
Air-popped popcorn has become a favorite snack among those looking to manage their blood sugar levels, and with good reason: It has healthy wholegrains, low caloric density, and plenty of fiber. It can also be a smart choice for anyone looking to control their weight.
The combination of fiber and healthy fats in avocado can prevent your blood sugar from spiking after a meal. Another versatile food, eat it by the slice, as a dip or on whole-grain toast for a satisfying snack.
A good source of omega-3 fatty acids, tuna has the potential to lower inflammation and manage blood sugar levels for diabetics. Whip up a tuna salad with celery, onions, and a bit of plain yogurt for a quick option that will keep you feeling full.
Because cheese is packed with protein, it’s one of the best bedtime snacks for diabetics to prevent middle-of-the-night cravings. Low-fat, unprocessed cheeses are best, and to round out your plate, try pairing your cheese with fruit or whole-grain crackers.
Snacking when you have diabetes
Once you get the hang of what to look out for, it’s easy to find all kinds of healthy snack options for people with diabetes. As a general rule of thumb, sticking to foods that are high in protein and fiber, as well as healthy fats, will help with managing diabetes. Limiting your carb intake and preparing grab-and-go options ahead of time will also influence healthy choices when you’re in the mood for a snack. With the right strategy, snacking can even become a beneficial part of managing your blood sugar levels!
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