It is important to make plans for major meals of the day, if you are diabetic. What about snacks, if you are diabetic? It is also utmost important to plan what snacks to eat if you are diabetic. Planning about snacks, plays an important role in management of diabetes, because we eat snacks frequently. If what snacks to eat are not planned by diabetics, it may be very difficult to manage blood sugar.
If you are a diabetic and eat snacks you love, like a non diabetic, it is sure to elevate blood sugar level beyond your imagination and you will be surprised. Because, when it comes to snacks most of us know about high calorie (with high fats and high sugar) snacks such as French fries, fried foods and many more high calorie items. But there are other healthy options that are suitable for diabetics as well as non diabetic normal individuals.
It is wise to have fresh fruits, whole grain/cereals, and/or vegetables (salad for example) as snacks. These are low in calorie and high in nutrients, in compare to salty, fried snacks. Control portion size and total quantity of snacks you eat in a day.
Here are some great ideas of snacks, which contain less than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, hence try them:
4-5 baby carrots
One hard-boiled egg. Better if you consume only the egg white, because egg yolks have high cholesterol content, although egg yolk has many other essential nutrients, apart from bad cholesterol. If you decide to eat egg yolk, do not eat more than one egg yolk a day.
- One bowl of cucumber slices (as salad) with ranch or little black pepper dressing
- A cup of cherry tomatoes with ranch
- One small bowl of green salad with cucumber and olive oil or vinegar
- 10 to 20 green olives
- One cup of homemade pop corn
- Approximately 20 grams (or 2 tablespoon) of pumpkin seeds
- Three to five celery sticks with adequate butter
- Half a cup of fruit salad such as blueberry, strawberry or any other fruit
- One half of average size guava
Take any of these above mentioned snacks when you feel like having something and reduce your hunger and at the same time control your blood sugar. Select your snacks wisely, because you may be eating snacks frequently, at least more frequently than meals. Each serving the snacks mentioned here contain less than 5 grams of carbohydrates, but it contains some fats and proteins as well, so keep that in mind while eating several servings of these snacks a day. Have foods good for diabetes and control blood sugar well.