Besides your breakfast, lunch and dinner, healthy snacks are important to help keep your blood sugar stable.
It’s totally normal to reach for fast food, junk food or soda when you’re in a pinch, but a majority of your diet should consist of whole, healthy food. Eating a healthy diet isn’t as hard with a little thought and planning.
Healthy snacks should not only be delicious, they should contain protein, little to no added sugar, healthy fats, low GI carbohydrates and plenty of fiber to keep you full and satisfied.
What snacks are good for people with diabetes?
Here are a few examples of healthy, balanced (and tasty!) snacks that won’t spike your blood sugar.
Apples & nut butter
Slice a small or medium apple and smear 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter on each slice, or dip them! When choosing a nut or seed butter, look for no added sugars!
Chia seed pudding
Combine ½ cup of unsweetened yogurt, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of your favorite milk. Let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight. Top with fresh berries.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, then dry them well. This will prevent them popping in the oven. Coat well-dried chickpeas with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and your favorite seasoning mix. Cook until crispy, checking every 5-7 minutes.
Remember, nobody’s diabetes is the same, so each person’s diet will vary.
Working with a diabetes educator can help. They can work with you to figure out what a healthy diet looks like for you on the day-to-day, and offer support to help you reach your goals.