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8 Healthy Snacks for a Diabetic

By on January 26, 2013 in Health with 0 Comments

Well-chosen snacks are an important part of blood sugar management.  A combination of resistant starches (high-fiber and slowly digested) with quality protein will not increase your blood sugar level while keeping hunger at bay.So as not to exceed your calorie limits, snacks should be considered part of the next meal, not something extra.  In other words, three modest meals and two or three healthy snacks are better for diabetics than three large meals.

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Here are 8 suggestions for healthy snacks

 

1. Walnuts: Walnuts are high in protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat which means that they are nutritious and slowly digested, leading to a steady release of sugar into the blood. There is evidence that they may boost insulin sensitivity and protect the endothelia or cells lining the arteries.

2. Whole-grain: Whole-graincrackers are also slowly digested.  Combine with cottage cheese and a handful of grapes, or top with a sugar-free nut butter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon which seems to keep blood sugar levels steady.

3. Avocado: Half an Avocado, with or without a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar, is high in fiber and healthy fats, plus potassium which can help prevent diabetic neuropathy.
4. Popcorn: Popcorn made from scratch is a natural food without additives and artificial flavorings.  Make sure it is labeled non-GMO and pop it yourself in a large pot using a small amount of mildly flavored oil.
5. Sweet Potato: Baked sweet potato“fries”have a lower glycemic index and may help lower insulin resistance and stabilize blood sugar.  Their high carotenoid content also helps.
6. Apples and cheese: Apples and cheese make a winning combination. Fiber in the apples (or pears) and protein from the cheese release energy slowly from this delicious snack.
7. Yoghurt: Unsweetened Yoghurt is packed with calcium and vitamin D, a combination thought to help prevent insulin resistance. Eat as it is, topped with fresh or frozen berries, or make into a dip for celery, carrots and other crunchy vegetables.
8. Black Beans: High fiber and protein content make black beans an excellent food for diabetics. Mix with chopped tomatoes, celery or cucumber, bells peppers, garlic and lemon juice for a filling snack.

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