If you have diabetes, you need to watch your blood sugar closely. Eating healthy snacks that won’t raise your blood glucose levels too much is important. Here are some great options for diabetic snack ideas that will keep your energy up without making things worse:
Walnuts in Any Form
They’re also a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Walnuts contain more fiber than any other nut. They have the highest levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid that can help reduce blood pressure and inflammation in the body.
Walnuts have a mild flavor, so they blend well with other foods and are sturdy enough to eat out of hand or add to salads or baked goods without being too crumbly. The only downside is that walnuts are more expensive than other nuts, but if you buy them in bulk, they’re much cheaper per ounce than most other nuts on the market.
Pistachios are a great source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and potassium. They also provide zinc and vitamin B6 as well as folate. They’re small in size but big in nutrients.
Cheese and Cucumber Snack Pack
This snack is a good choice for people with diabetes because it’s low in calories, carbs, and fat. It can be made with either cream cheese or goat cheese. If you choose the latter, make sure to choose an option that’s lower in fat content.
Nut Butter and Celery Sticks
Nut butter is a great source of protein as well as fiber. They can be spread on celery sticks, apples, bananas, or other fruit. You can also use the nut butter in baking and smoothies. Nut butter should not be heated, so it won’t raise your blood sugar levels if you eat them cold!
Green Peppers and Salsa
Green peppers are low in calories and high in fiber, making them an excellent choice for diabetics. They are also rich in vitamins C, A and B6 as well as potassium. You can buy green peppers at any grocery store or farmer’s market.
Hummus Dip with Veggies and Rice Crackers
If you’re looking for a snack that will boost your protein, fiber, and healthy fat intake all at once, this is the one for you. It’s also high in iron, which helps to increase your energy level. The hummus dip is made with chickpeas, which are full of fiber and other nutrients like vitamin C and folate that have been shown to help lower blood pressure (which can be an issue for people with diabetes).
One study found that a diet high in chickpea-based foods was linked to lower blood pressure than those who eat less hummus or none. Add sliced bell peppers, carrots or celery sticks, and whole-grain crackers, and you have an easy meal!
As per Tandem Diabetes expert advice, “These are not one-size-fits-all suggestions.”
It’s important to remember that the foods you eat can be something other than diabetic-friendly. Many people with diabetes may be able to enjoy some of their favorite unhealthy snacks in moderation. But if you want some healthier options and still want to get the taste of your favorite foods, then these snacks are perfect! They’re all delicious and easy to make at home, too, so there really is no reason not to try them out today!