If you are a diabetic, chances are that following a strict diet pattern is a major challenge for you. Diabetic people also get hungry frequently. This calls for in-between mealtime snacks. However, given the fact that diabetics must watch their sugar levels throughout the day, the snacks have to be low calorie, healthy and must fit the overall daily meal plan. We’ve listed 10 everyday healthy snacks that can be incorporated within your daily diet plan. These snacks have been put together to add interest and flavor to your daily diet, apart from helping you stay satiated and healthy. However, check with your personal doctor before you add any of these items to your diet plan.
1. Raw Vegetables
Raw vegetables are full of valuable nutrients, water, and fiber. If you stick to raw vegetables that are low on natural sugars, the veggies will actually help regulate or lower your blood sugar. Try eating carrots, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, red and green peppers, and cauliflower.
To make the raw veggies interesting, make a dip using nonfat yogurt with a little Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Or you can make yourself a nice salsa or a hummus dip. Don’t use more than a tablespoon or two of dip.
2. Whole Fruits
Whole fruits make excellent healthy snacks and they can be carried anywhere with you. Eat whole apples, papayas, guavas and so on. You need to check with your doctor if you are allowed to eat fruits, since fruits may not be recommended if your sugar levels are uncontrolled. Fruits like grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, grapes, tangerines, and persimmons contain about 8-10% sugar. Get a list of the fruits that are allowed for diabetics in general and stick to that list.
3. Munch on Nuts
You can munch on whole nuts such as cashews, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and pecans. These contain high levels of healthy monosaturated fats, which help lower both cholesterol and heart disease risk. These nuts also contain fiber, which is good for blood sugar regulation and digestion. Note, however, that most nuts are very high in calories, especially calories from fat. Munch on nuts, but keep your portions small. A handful of nuts are sufficient to give you an energy boost and keep you satiated.
4. Sugarfree Hot Cocoa
If you feel hungry but are not interested in eating something, try a cup of hot Sugarfree cocoa made of 70% cocoa. The greater the cocoa percentage, the more heart-healthy the drink. The taste will still be rich, while the lack of sugar and fat makes it a healthy, filling liquid snack. Use fat-free milk and blend it with a sachet of sugar-free cocoa mix, and enjoy the calcium and antioxidant boost.
5. Baked Chips With Salsa
For an easy, filling and crunchy snack that tastes great, make some fresh salsa with tomatoes, onions, cucumber, olive oil, salt, pepper, and chilies if you want them. For an added crunch and nutrient boost, herb up your salsa with chopped coriander, parsley, and oregano. This will give you a necessary boost of vitamin C. Bake your chips instead of frying them to reduce the calories. A handful of low-fat baked chips will give you the necessary carbohydrates, potassium, and protein while the salsa offers freshness and crunch. This is one of the best snacks for those afternoon cravings.
6. Fat-free Popcorn
Popcorn is high-fiber, crunchy and very filling. The smell of popcorn kennels as they pop satisfies your senses as well. You can either opt for low fat microwavable or air-popped popcorn or pop your corn in a thick-bottomed pan. A single serving of popcorn, provided you don’t go overboard on the oil, will give you only 45 to 60 calories and a couple of grams of fat.
7. Thin Wheat Crackers With Hummus And Tomatoes
Crackers are a good way of keeping hunger pangs away. Choose thin whole-wheat crackers that are baked without butter or oil. Eat these with a creamy hummus dip made of chickpeas, garlic, and sesame tahini. This snack brings you several essential nutrients along with great flavors. Add a few slices of firm red tomatoes for the vitamin C. Restrict yourself to about 12 crackers at a time.
8. Colored Bell Peppers With Low-Fat Dip
Chop up green, red and yellow peppers into long thin strips. Eat them along with a homemade, low-fat dip of yogurt with seasonings and herbs. You can also try low-fat sour cream with seasonings.
The crisp, sweet peppers will give you a terrific boost of vitamin and nutrient goodness while the yogurt dip will give you the much-needed calcium. You can enjoy good quantities of this snack, as the raw peppers are very low calorie. Go easy on the dip though. If you are not confident of making a nice dip on your own, you can buy a good low-fat dip from any health store.
9. Fat-free Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt makes for a great snack at any time and it’s healthy as long as it’s fat-free. You can buy fat-free yogurt in different flavors; they make wonderfully sweet and nourishing treats. Yogurt gives you carbohydrates, protein, and fat. If you buy fruit-based yogurts, you get the additional vitamin C and fiber from the fruits as well.
A single cup of yogurt can provide you with 30 percent of your daily calcium requirements. Live-active cultures within the yogurt help calcium absorption as well, keeping your digestive system healthy.
10. Sugarfree Frozen Bars Of Fruit Juice
On a hot summer afternoon, what can be better than a cold bar of frozen fruit juice? You can buy these refreshing fruit pops or create your own. Frozen fruit bars are low in sodium and are predominantly fat-free. Puree different fruits, add your favorite sweetener to it and freeze it in Popsicle containers to make your own juicy frozen fruit pops.