Snacks to Eat and Avoid for Diabetics

Diabetes patients need to be extra careful about what they eat and their portion sizes, but that does not mean that their food needs to be bland. Keeping tabs on blood glucose and insulin levels can also be done while enjoying delicious meals. Apart from the three main meals, the choice of snacks for diabetes patients in between meals play a vital role in maintaining blood sugar levels.

Meat, chicken or fish are rich in protein and carbohydrates, and eggs, soybeans, and nuts help in maintaining the required protein levels, so include all of these in a diabetes patient’s diet. Here’s a list of snacks for people with diabetes wanting to satisfy those cravings or hunger pangs in between meal times:

1. Fruit salad
Diabetes patients can have an apple, along with some strawberries, blueberries, pomegranates, and plums as they are rich in vitamins and fiber. They also help cleanse the body through detox.

2. Cereal
Cereal is one of the most standard snack options, but it is important to choose whole-grain cereal. Oats with milk is also another option that can be added to the list of healthy snacks for diabetes.

3. Sandwiches
Sandwiches with peanut butter and sugar-free jelly or jam are another great snack option for people with diabetes.

4. Crackers
One of the quickest snacks for diabetes patients, crackers with low-fat cheese is simply delicious and also good for the body.

5. Apples
Apples provide a range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A slice of apple and natural peanut butter makes for a snack rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and it helps in managing both hunger and blood sugar levels.

6. Nuts
Almonds are nutritious snacks with plenty of vitamin E and may help in controlling blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Walnuts and peanuts also contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Walnuts are especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them great snacks for diabetics.

7. Egg salad
This provides a protein punch and can be eaten with multigrain crackers to add fiber or a small serving of fruit like grapes. Eggs also contain very few carbohydrates, which may help keep blood sugar levels stable.

8. Tortillas
Have some warm tortillas made from wheat or corn once in a while for a different taste. They can be filled with sautéed vegetables for a healthy snack or meal.

9. Bonus tips
Avoid these three bedtime snacks:

  • Fat-free naturally flavored yogurt
  • Dried fruit
  • Frozen meals

To stay healthy and fit, here are some tips to keep in mind when picking snacks for diabetes patients:

  • Plan meals and snacks ahead of time.
  • Avoid or limit food with carbs near bedtime. Additionally, it is beneficial to adjust the dose of insulin or medication.
  • Most importantly, choose healthy snacks that are high in nutrients but low in empty calories and carbs.
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