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The Best Snacks for Diabetics

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2020 10:50 AM

When it's time for that midmorning or midafternoon snack, reach for something that will not only quell your hunger but also help keep your blood sugar steady between meals and before exercising.

"You may be watching the unhealthy fats and sugars in your meals but have you thought about the snacks in between meals?" asks Tara Gidus Collingwood, M.S., an Orlando-based nutritional expert who is the team dietician for the Orlando Magic pro basketball team. "Snacking is a good way to prevent overeating at meals by bridging your hunger, but if you have diabetes, skip the vending machines and try these snacks instead."

  1. Smoothies. Make a smoothie of fresh or frozen fruits such as berries, bananas, peaches, mango, or pineapple with lowfat or nonfat yogurt. This makes a great healthy snack for kids, too.
  2. Precut veggies with hummus. Carrots, cucumbers, and celery sticks with hummus make an excellent colorful snack loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Vegetables are naturally low in calories, sodium, cholesterol, and fat, while hummus is made from chickpeas, which offer a healthy dose of protein and antioxidants.
  3. Bean dip. According to Healthgrades.com, beans have as much protein as meat with much less fat, and they are chock full of healthy fiber. You can buy ready-made bean dips at the supermarket or make your own using canned, drained, low sodium beans and mashing them with plain, lowfat yogurt or salsa.
  4. Nut butters and bananas on toast. Together this combo provides whole grains, fruit, and nut butter, which can manage hunger and keep blood sugar levels steady. Toast a slice of whole wheat or whole grain bread and add a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter topped with a few banana slices.
  5. Grab a fruit on the go. A piece of whole fruit like an apple, peach, pear, or a bunch of grapes satisfies your sweet tooth without the sugar and fat of a candy bar. It's nature's perfect snack and provides antioxidants as well as essential vitamins.
  6. Popcorn. Skip the oil, butter, and salt and enjoy air-popped corn that's full of fiber and magnesium. You can flavor the popcorn with a spritz of olive oil spray.
  7. Hard-boiled eggs. So handy and so good as a snack anytime — especially for those with diabetes. Several studies have linked the consumption of eggs with s significant reduction in fasting blood sugar levels, according to Healthline. And, if you are in a hurry, you can buy them already cooked in the supermarket.
  8. Avocado. Holy guacamole. The fiber content and monounsaturated fat in avocados help regulate blood sugar spikes after a meal. Research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes who included monounsaturated fats in their diet had improvements in their blood sugar levels. You can slice or cube avocados to top a green salad or mash with lemon juice and use as a dip or spread.

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