Smart snacking is important for those who have Type 2 diabetes as it helps regulate their blood sugar levels. When hunger sets in, this can cause dips and spikes in their blood sugar that can lead to irritability, dizziness, and even weakness. Having a healthy snack on hand ensures that your blood sugar level remains the same throughout the day.
For those who want to have more control of their blood sugar level, here are some healthy options for you to consider.
Leafy greens. Eating salad is good for you but you need to broaden your horizons when it comes to eating leafy greens and add kale, chard, and spinach as they are not only delicious but they are also healthy not to mention low on carbs.
Pistachios. This nut is a perfect choice for snack as it has protein, and a combination of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that can help lower your cholesterol while at the same time reduce your risk of suffering from health complications due to your diabetes. One ounce of this nut amounts to 50 pieces at least. You can have some in your bag for those times when you’re feeling hungry.
Low-calorie drinks. Drinking plain water is all well and good but so is adding some vegetables or fruits to your drink. Cut some cucumbers or lemons and add them to your water or make some ice cubes infused with your choice of fruit. Tea drinkers can add a cinnamon stick on their cold tea for added flavour. What’s great about these drinks is that not only are they low in carb content but they can also fill you up which means there will be less cravings happening.
Roasted, cooked, or raw vegetables. Vegetables should definitely be added to your diet as they are packed with essential nutrients that can help you with your diabetes. You can add raw, cooked, or roasted vegetables to your dishes if you like or even dip them in guacamole, salsa, or even hummus. Choose low-carb vegetables like onions, tomatoes, eggplants, and Brussels sprouts for that healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to your day to regulate your blood sugar.
Sliced avocado with lime. This superfood is actually a good choice for healthy snack as it is packed with monounsaturated fats that can fill your belly easily. You can top your avocado slices with some lime juice and a bit of salt for added flavour. However, take note that avocados are calorie dense so you should practice portion control. About half a cup of avocadoes contains 120 calories which is enough to tide you over until your next meal.
These are just a few healthy snacks that you can prepare to help regulate your blood sugar level. These are easy to put together and can bring you sufficient nutrients that will not only help keep your blood sugar balanced but at the same time provide you with other important vitamins and minerals for overall health.