What is the best snack for a person with diabetes?

Including healthy snacks between meals can be an excellent way to curb hunger and to prevent ravenous overeating later in the day. The word “snack” can sometimes be deceiving however. Many times snack foods are considered to be high in calories, sugar, and fat (potato chips, doughnuts, ice cream, cheese popcorn, etc.). I generally call foods that people may eat between meals “Healthy Snacks”. A person following a diabetic diet needs to be especially careful with their healthy snacks, as they have to make sure they are sticking with their carbohydrate goals for the day. I also recommend that a diabetic diet include increased amounts of fruits and vegetables, high fiber foods, lean proteins and that it contain limited amounts of saturated/trans fats and added sugar.

There are a number of foods that can be a good fit for someone following a diabetic diet. It can be a good idea to mindfully grocery shop. Walk through the aisles and focus on healthy foods that are quick and easy. Stock your cupboards and refrigerator with high fiber/protein foods that don’t need a lot of preparation. Choose a small cup of a chunky vegetable soup or try pre-cut fresh vegetables with hummus. Focus on increasing fiber by combining frozen fruit with light yogurt, low sugar juice (Healthy Balance or Cranberry Naturals) and ice. Mix together for a great fruit smoothie. Other high fiber options include whole wheat crackers topped with peanut butter or a handful of nuts and dried fruit. As I mentioned, lean protein can be a great part of the diabetic diet. Pair canned chicken/tuna with low fat mayo and make a yummy sandwich or snack on low fat string cheese. Personally I love to top rice cakes with low fat cheese slices. This snack is not only high in fiber but also contains protein.

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