Snacks are not an essential part of a meal plan; However, it can definitely be included in your day if needed. Limiting snacks can be a good place to start if you’re trying to cut calories or lose weight. Typically, people with diabetes may choose up to three snacks per day. Snacks should be introduced if you go too long between meals or if you find your blood sugar drops during a certain time each day.
When choosing snacks for diabetes, they should be rich in fiber, protein and/or healthy fats, which can help you feel satisfied. Examples include chickpeas, baby carrots or edamame. Including non-starchy vegetables in your snack is a great way to add more fiber and more servings of vegetables. If you choose a carbohydrate-containing food as a snack, such as whole-grain crackers or fruit, pair it with a protein food or healthy fats such as cheese or nut butter to help reduce the effect of carbohydrates on your blood sugar.
Here are four snacks that are ideal for people with diabetes to help manage their blood sugar. Read on, and for more information on how to eat healthy, don’t miss the 5 best fruits to eat if you have diabetes, says a dietitian.
The following recipes are excerpts from Diabetes Make your own cookbook By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND. Alison Lima’s photo. Used with permission from Robert Rose Books. All rights reserved.
Croquettes are vegetable pancakes fried in a small amount of oil. This version uses potatoes, wagons, onions, and celery and can be delicious. Serve with a spoonful of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt for dipping.
Get the Veggie Croquette recipe.
Cottage cheese is one underappreciated dairy product, but I get it – some people just don’t like its texture. This recipe puts cheese in a blender and the result is smooth, creamy, and full of protein and calcium. Top it with sugar-free maple syrup, fresh fruits, and nuts, and you’ve got a great mix.
Get the recipe for Whipped Cream Cheese with Berries and Pistachios.
Chia seeds have a mild taste, so when you add bold flavors, like orange and vanilla, they really stand out. When mixed with milk or water, the chia seeds swell (or turn into gelatin), and overnight this mixture turns into a pudding. Prepare this recipe that serves 5 on a Sunday night, and enjoy a dessert snack every day of the week.
Get the recipe for Creamy Orange Chia Seed Pudding.
The bites or balls are easy to toss together, making them ideal for meal prep. Easy to carry and take out without heating. These bites contain a variety of foods—dates, almond butter, walnuts, carrots, raisins, and coconut flakes—to help balance them out and make them more satisfying.
Get the recipe for Carrot Cake Energy Bites.
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Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
Toby Amidor is an award-winning dietitian and The Wall Street Journal The author of a bestselling cookbook that believes healthy and wholesome can also be appetizing and delicious. Read more