Your New Snack Guide

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Your New Snack Guide

When craving something sweet, salty, or crunchy during the day, you will often find yourself reaching out for cookies or pretzels. While these snacks are not only satisfying and convenient, they are also loaded with carbs. Frequently snacking on these foods can prove dangerous for individuals with diabetes.

Indeed, it can be confusing to select healthy snacks when you have diabetes. Fortunately, you don’t have to keep on eating bland snacks to ensure blood sugar management. Focus on healthy snack items that are high in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. These nutrients are ideal for managing your blood sugar.

Things to Consider When Planning Diabetes-Friendly Snacks

Snacking is a great way of managing your blood sugar. Not having snacks between meals can result in fluctuations in the blood sugar levels. Planning your snacks can also help to preventhigh carbohydrate consumption.

Carbohydrates are processed by the body in the same way as sugar by sending them directly to the bloodstream. As a result, your blood sugar levels spike. Therefore, focus on snacks that have a low GI (Glycemic Index) score as it helps in stablaizing the blood sugar levels.

When planning and choosing diabetes-friendly snacks, focus on what, how, and when you will be snacking. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Opt for snack items that you don’t have to heat up or cook. You can prepare them a night before and enjoy them the next day.
  • The snacks should have around 10 to 20 grams of carbs.
  • They should be loaded with protein and fiber – the main elements for balanced and stabilized blood sugar snacks.

It is normal to crave snacks around two to three hours after you have had a main meal. If you are feeling hungry earlier, you must evaluate the nutrients you are consuming in your meals. Perhaps, you are eating meals that have a high amount of carbs and fewer amounts of fiber and protein.