Creative Diabetic Snacks
By Randi Morse
Being given a diagnosis of diabetes can feel extremely overwhelming. One day you're eating whatever you want, the next day you must restrict the sugar and carbohydrates going into your body. With the help of a good dietitian you should be able to get on a routine with your eating habits. Once you learn how to properly read nutrition labels and what foods are good for diabetics, as well as which foods are not, you'll find that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are much easier to plan for. Snacks, however, are another story.
We all get a craving for a snack now and again. Some people crave a snack in the hours between lunch and dinner, while others crave a snack before bedtime. There are even those who crave a snack mid-morning. While it's easy to learn how to prepare healthy meals that are low in sugar and carbohydrates, finding low carbohydrate snacks can be extremely difficult. Here are some creative snacks that are low in carbohydrates and are an excellent choice for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Chickpeas are sometimes called garbanzo beans. They are incredibly healthy, incredibly delicious, and incredibly versatile. A 1 cup serving of chickpeas has around 15 grams of protein in it as well as 13 grams of fiber. There's also been some research that has shown that eating chickpeas regularly may help to prevent diabetes progression.
A nutritionist I once went to said that the avocado should be the diabetics best friend. This is likely because it has an extremely high fiber content and is high in monounsaturated fatty acids as well. Monounsaturated fatty acids have been shown to help prevent blood sugar from rising quickly after a meal has been consumed. So eat an avocado by itself, or turn it into guacamole, and enjoy.
If you're looking for a sweet, tart mid-morning snack, yogurt with a side of berries is a great option. Berries are high in antioxidants that can help prevent further damage to the pancreas cells. They're also an amazing source of fiber. The probiotics contained in yogurt are also believed to help the body metabolize foods more efficiently. Protein-rich yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is an excellent snack option.
There is a wide array of prepackaged snack options available for those who are constantly on the go. While it's best to try to plan ahead and create a snack section in your refrigerator, if you find that you need to grab a snack on the go, just make sure you're reading the label and that you're looking for snacks that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
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