Healthy Snacks for People with Diabetes
Diabetics also feel the need to snack and it is important that they do when hungry. But they need to be aware of the healthy snacks for people with diabetes. These diabetic snacks should have the right mix of carbs, proteins and fat, just like a meal for diabetics.
Tips on Diabetic Snack Foods
Diabetics should aim to have a snack that contains 15-30 grams of carbohydrates which would limit their calories between 100 and 200. Some foods that they can have as snacks include:
- Salad with lots of vegetables but low-carb dressing.
- Broccoli with melted cheese
- Cucumbers with rice vinegar and olive oil.
- Mozzarella salad with tomatoes.
- Peanut butter, with celery or alone.
- String cheese.
- Cottage cheese.
- Cheddar cheese.
- Blueberries or strawberries with low fat yoghurt with no sugary additives.
- Vegetables with hummus.
- Nuts with complex carbs.
- Pepperoni with cheese.
- Green peas cooked with lemon juice and cooled in it.
- Nuts in moderation.
- Sautéed Spinach.
- Whole grain crackers.
You need to be able to know the right mix of carbohydrates, protein and fats when choosing your snacks from foods given above. Some ideal combinations are given below:
- Whole-grain crackers with grapes and cottage cheese – Some of the whole-grain crackers include cracked wheat, rye, whole wheat and quinoa. These can lower your blood sugar while cottage cheese helps to stabilise it. When arranging your snack on a plate, place two crackers, one-fourth of a cup non-fat cottage cheese and the same measure of grapes. This gives you 138 calories which are balanced with the right amount of nutrients.
- Vegetables with fresh yoghurt – Yoghurt is an excellent food for curbing hunger pangs, maintain blood sugar and provide calcium for making the bones strong. You can add veggies to it for complete nutrition. Stir 300 grams of non-fat yoghurt and add two teaspoons of dill weed, one teaspoon fresh lemon juice, one-eighth teaspoon of salt, and fresh ground black pepper as per your taste. This makes your yoghurt dip. Carrots, broccoli or celery filled in half a cup can be dipped in this for a healthy snack. You gain only 31 calories with this snack, of which carbohydrates would be only two percent of daily recommended intake.
If you follow these diabetes snack tips, it would serve the purpose of satiating you as well as provide nutrition. You can try other combinations of foods mentioned in the list above. But refer to a nutritionist to inform you about the nutrition value of these snacks. Snacking for diabetes should be based on food combinations with a view on this.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 20, 2012
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