Snacks are great, but when you are diabetic there can be trouble at every turn. There are plenty of snacks that are pre-packaged and claim that they are good for diabetics, but are they really? Your best bet is to pack your own snacks – with foods that you know you have enjoy without risking a blood sugar spike. Below are the best choices when you are in need of a snack that will not spike your sugar levels.
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and cashews contain the healthy monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And because they’re packed with protein and “good” fat, they won’t raise blood sugar as much as crackers or pretzels do. Because many nuts are high in calories (almonds are the lowest), stick to an ounce, or about the amount that will fit in the palm of your hand.
Whole-Grain Crackers & Peanut Butter
You’ll eat more protein and fewer carbs than if you have a bigger pile of crackers with no peanut butter, and your blood sugar won’t rise as much.
Get in an extra serving of vegetables by nibbling on grape tomatoes, carrots, red and green peppers, cucumbers, broccoli crowns, and cauliflower. Eat them plain or dip them into nonfat yogurt, a light salad dressing, or hummus (stick with 1 to 2 tablespoons’ worth).
Cook non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, onion, celery, green beans, and squash in some vegetable or chicken stock. It’s filling, full of veggies, and low in carbs.
Small Decadence Isn’t Too Bad – Occassionally
Have a snack of three dried apricots, a small piece of dark chocolate (about the size of a Hershey’s miniature chocolate bar), and three walnuts or almonds.
Combine half of a chopped banana, 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, and a non-nutritive sweetener, and blend until smooth.
Frozen Grapes & Bananas
Seal them in a sandwich bag and throw it into the freezer. Once frozen, they’re a refreshing and healthy treat. You can eat 20 red seedless grapes and still consume only 100 calories.
Eat an Apple
An apple with the skin contains about 3 grams of fiber. The skin packs a double whammy, carrying healthy soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and antioxidants that fight free radicals and lower the risk of diabetes complications.
Low-Fat String Cheese
Each one contains only 80 calories. These are one of the few portable goodies rich in sugar-steadying protein.
Frozen Fudge Pop
They taste delightfully chocolaty but contain only about 80 calories.
Black Bean Salsa & Eggplant Slices
The salsa has only about 15 grams of carbs, 80 calories, and 1 gram of fat.
Whatever It Is, Don’t Eat It Straight From The Bag
Eat straight out of the bag and you’re guaranteed to eat more, whether it’s chips, pretzels, or cookies. Instead, put a small portion on a plate, seal up the bag and put it away, then sit down and enjoy your snack.