Snack Ideas to Keep Your Diabetes Under Control

What do you do when you start feeling a little lightheaded or weak? When you’re diabetic, you have to worry about your blood sugar levels being too high as well as too low – neither of which are great things to deal with. It’s important to have some healthy snack options on you at all times to keep everything in check.

Keep in mind that though you may want to keep snacks around regularly, mindlessly snacking is not the direction to go. Know your portion sizes and how many carbohydrates you need, and prepare your snacks accordingly so that there’s no chance of binge eating. You’ll then be able to successfully manage your blood glucose levels and avoid weight gain.

So what are some healthy snack ideas that will keep you energized and health keep your diabetes under control?

String Cheese & Whole-Wheat Crackers

Low-fat string cheese that’s individually wrapped is so easy to slip into your purse or a bag you bring with you to work. Because cheese is filled with protein, it makes it much easier for a diabetic’s body to process carbohydrates. You can also slice an appropriate portion of fresh block cheese and place it atop whole-wheat crackers.

Hummus & Veggies

Filled with fiber and nutrients, hummus is great to munch on with baby carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, or peppers. There are also many different ways you can spice up your hummus so you won’t get bored with just one flavor.

Nuts & Dried Fruit

Almonds and walnuts are both loaded with proteins, again making it easier for your body to process carbohydrates. Remember to steer clear of the salted variety though. Pairing this with dried fruit is a good way to satisfy your sweet tooth while also utilizing the protein of the nuts to process the carbohydrates in the fruit.

Tomato Soup

If you’re in need of a warm, comforting food, tomato soup is an easy way to get some veggies into your diet which brings with it protein.

Greek Yogurt & Raisins

Often times, yogurt can actually be packed with sugar, but sticking with Greek yogurt combats that. A light and fresh snack, you can try adding in some raisins or blueberries for an added burst of flavor.

Egg Salad

Hardboiled eggs are a great source of protein. Put egg salad in a container for an easy-to-travel-with snack. It’s perfect paired with several multi-grain crackers, spread over one slice of whole-wheat bread, or even with grapes.

Banana Berry Smoothie

All you’ll need is half of a small banana, a half-cup of berries and a half-cup of no-fat milk or yogurt. Thicken up your smoothie without adding calories or carbohydrates by mixing in ice. Keep your smoothie within the 150-calorie limit by carefully measuring your ingredients beforehand. You can even try throwing in a little protein powder.

Fresh Fruit

So easy to bring with you throughout the day, fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s also often full of sugar as well, but pair it with a protein like cheese, and it can help counteract the effect.

 

5 Tasty Snacks for Diabetics

Diabetes can make snacking a guilt-ridden, nerve-wracking experience. Society provides us with an array of sugary, carb-saturated quick fixes for our mid-afternoon or late-night cravings. For diabetics, these constantly available treats—cookies, crackers, soda pops, and the like—can seem like the only options. And those options don’t look good. Your average supermarket snack will force your blood sugars to spike and your health to plummet.

 

Luckily, though, there’s a variety of healthy snacks just as vast and tasty as anything the neighborhood donut shop has to offer. By focusing on nutrition and taste, you can ensure long-lasting, body-boosting results.

Grapes and Cheese

This one may come as a surprise to some people. Grapes are relatively highly caloric and sugary, and cheese is relatively high in fat. Shouldn’t that make this a nasty decadent cocktail for someone with diabetes? Not so, say many dieticians. The reason is this: when you have diabetes, your blood sugar will spike when it gets filled with unadulterated sugar. But combining that sugar with proteins and fats will help your body digest carbs at an efficient pace. Grapes will give you a good burst of energy, while the protein and fat in the cheese will help your body process that energy at a reasonable pace.

Carrot Sticks

The nutritional benefits of carrots are well established. Ask ten people to suggest a healthy food, and chances are most of them will say carrot before you’ve even finished asking the question. And the reputation is much-deserved. Carrots are one of the most nutritious things you can eat. And unlike that pack of crackers, carrots will actually fill up for more than twenty minutes. If you’re not used to plain carrots, don’t worry—there are plenty of ways to get used to them. Cook them, or dip them a little ranch dressing.

Walnuts

Walnuts are low in carbohydrates, which will keep your blood sugars happy. What’s more, walnuts are high in good fats and protein. This non-carb energy bomb will keep you full and satisfied; your glucose will stay balanced. It should be noted, however, that the fat content of walnuts could get you in trouble. Walnuts are packed with the so-called good fats—polyunsaturated and monounsaturated—and are not nearly as detrimental to your health as other fatty snacks, but they’ll still bulk you up if you overindulge.

Low Sugar Yogurt

Like many of the other products listed, yogurts tend to be packed with protein, ensuring that sugars get processed at decent rate and helping to stabilize your blood sugar. There’s a catch with yogurts, though, and that catch is this: many of them are absolutely loaded with sugars. As a diabetic, you’re already aware of the dangers of high sugar. Lots of yogurts brag about being low-fat, but the real thing you should watch for is low-sugar. Keep an eye on your labels, and you’ll have a delicious, high protein snack in yogurt.

Popcorn

Like yogurt, this one doesn’t always apply. To keep popcorn at acceptable levels, you’ve got do ti right: air pop it, leave the butter and salt out, etc. And even at its best, popcorn has moderate levels of carbohydrate. Furthermore, popcorn’s benefits are more related to what it doesn’t have than to what it does have; frankly, popcorn’s reputation is based on its lack of bad things, not the presence of dense nutrients. Watch your carb points, and use popcorn as a treat.