Many diabetics are good at following a low-glycemic diet, i.e. one that is low in sugar and carbs, but when it’s time for a snack, they may have difficulty making the right choices. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) warns that diabetics should limit their intake of the following foods:
- fried foods
- salty foods
- sweets, such as baked goods, candy, and ice cream
- beverages with added sugar such as juices, sodas, sports or energy drinks
So now it’s snack time — you need to have a snack in order to keep your glucose level from dropping too low — what can you choose? The snacks listed below are healthy, satisfying, and will help keep your sugar under control.
- Hummus and vegetables- made from chick peas, hummus is rich in plant-based protein, carbs, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fat. You can use hummus with vegetables, such as carrots, celery, and radishes.
- Hummus and crackers – for a more filling snack and better glycemic control, use this with whole wheat crackers rather than white as whole grains are high in fiber, which can be important in controlling glucose levels.
- Hard boiled eggs – rich in protein, healthy fats, essential vitamins and minerals, eggs are filling and will not cause your glucose level to spike. Another bonus is its weight-loss properties. One large egg contains only 78 calories.
- Almonds – rich in fiber, protein, carbohydrates and calcium – almonds have been found to have a positive effect on controlling blood glucose levels. However, they are also high in calories and may not be good for those wanting to lose weight in order to manage their diabetes.
- Cheese and crackers – another satisfying snack that is low on the glycemic scale. Therefore, it does not cause your sugar levels to rise quickly. Also, cheese contains Vitamin D, which can reduce a person’s insulin resistance. As stated above, you should use whole wheat crackers rather than white.
- Avocado – this works well as a spread on toast or whole grain crackers. Avocados contain high amounts of fiber and low amounts of sugar, carbohydrates, and are low in saturated fat. In addition they contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and are sodium and cholesterol free, making them an ideal food for diabetics.
- Apples and almond butter – Apples are low on the glycemic index, which is beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. When eaten with almond butter, you get a delicious snack with the added benefit of fiber. Almond butter also contains fewer carbs than peanut butter.
As a type 2 diabetic, you need to eat healthy snacks at appropriate times in order to maintain adequate glucose levels. The listing above is by no means exhaustive. You may have your own favorite snacks that fall within the guidelines given us by the NIDDK and other authorities, and that’s fine. But if you are searching for healthy snacks that will not spike your blood sugar, you will do well to include some of the snacks mentioned above so you can be on your way to managing your diabetes with little difficulty.
This article is not meant to be substituted for proper medical advice. Please consult your physician and do your own research before adopting any of the advice in this post.
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