Try These 8 Best Snacks for Blood Sugar Control
Snack the Smart Way to Help Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check
If you have type 2 diabetes, smart snacking can be an important part of your healthy eating plan. Hunger can lead to dips and spikes in blood sugar that can cause dizziness, irritability, and weakness — and it can increase your risk for a host of other diabetes-related problems as well. One of the best ways to avoid the roller coaster? Eat nutritious snacks at regular intervals throughout the day, even if you're on the go.
New types of insulin are better at matching the insulin your body needs at specific times, which has made snacking to prevent a blood sugar drop less necessary for some. But whether you still have to snack to keep your blood sugar levels steady, or just plain want to snack, it’s necessary to make healthy choices. That means that simple carbohydrates, which are digested quickly and turned into sugar that elevates your blood glucose levels, should be avoided.
But there are other ways to satisfy those mid-afternoon or mid-morning cravings than a trip to the vending machine. It might take a little more advance preparation and a little more slicing and dicing than it does to rip open a bag of potato chips. But the snacks shown here, suggested by Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, an Everyday Health contributor, are quick, simple, made with ingredients that are either easily portable or easily kept in an office kitchen, and finished with dashes of flavor from ingredients you probably already have on hand, like lime, olive oil, and cinnamon. And when you control your ingredients, which you can’t do when you’re reaching for a processed food, it’s easier to control your condition, which can be empowering when you’re trying to manage this disease.
So what makes a high-quality, high-satisfaction snack? “Combining protein and healthy fats with complex carbohydrates is a great way to give your snacks staying power,” says Palinski-Wade. And it can keep you from wanting more of a bad thing, which is what can happen when you’re snacking on empty calories. Aim for small bites, she adds, that won’t spike blood glucose, like a healthy fat or a lean protein. Or choose a food that combines both fat and protein. Nuts, nut butters, Greek yogurt, and low-fat cheeses, which are featured in several of the snacks Palinski-Wade offers here, provide both.
Read on to find your best — and tastiest — bets.
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