If you have diabetes, you might be craving a healthy snack. But as you know, it’s important to monitor the amount of carbs you eat. Here are some tried-and-true healthy snacks for diabetics that will keep you going, whether you have type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes.
When snacking with diabetes, it’s best to avoid snacks that are very high in fat and sugar, sodas, fried foods, chips, and processed foods. Also, remember when snacking to keep the calorie level to under around 250 calories.
- Avocado. Eating avocado can keep your blood sugar spiking after a meal. Eat it alone or as a simple guacamole dip with salt, garlic powder, and lime juice.
- Air-popped popcorn. This fun snack will leave you feeling like you’re having a treat while it’s actually low in calories. Drizzle with your favorite olive oil to make it tastier.
- Veggies and hummus. Try an assortment of fresh, raw veggies with hummus dip. This healthy snack offers protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that will keep you going.
- Black olives. If you love salty snacks, olives are a great choice. They are high in monounsaturated fat, which is a staple of the Mediterranean diet. They’ll fill you up and satisfy your salty snack craving.
- Hard-boiled eggs. Full of protein, these are an easy and healthful snack to keep ready in the fridge. Add a dash of salt to boost the flavor.
- Apple slices with peanut butter. This fiber-rich snack can help combat the effects of diabetes. Be sure to choose a natural peanut butter, since the brands commonly found in the grocery store can be chock full of sugar.
- Cottage cheese. This simple snack can be combined with tomato or avocado for a filling snack. Filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals, this snack can help lower blood sugar and change up your snack routine.
- Turkey roll-ups. These carb-free sandwiches are easy and filling. Roll up turkey with Swiss cheese or other veggies like cucumbers or bell peppers for a flavorful snack. Use a little cream cheese to stick the ingredients together and add a kick.
- KIND bars. These simple nut bars are organic and pure. They’ll help you stay full and still feel like a sweet treat.
- Almonds. Almonds are a simple snack to fill you up, and have even been shown to help control blood sugar levels. Season with salt or add them to a trail mix. Be careful with the items you add to the trail mix, since chocolate and dried fruit contain a lot of sugar.
When snacking with diabetes, a good balance of carbs, protein, and fat is key. Time your snacks between meals so you’re not snacking too much.
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