I am sure many diabetes sufferers find themselves wanting a snack every now and then. But what snacks?
It’s not difficult to choose but not that easy either.
A good rule to follow is to try to choose snacks that are high in:
- healthy fats
Keep away from bad carbohydrates like white bread and pastries that are mainly made with white flour.
Snacking on the type of food mentioned above should not raise your blood sugar as high as other foods.
Be aware that all carbohydrates when broken down by the body become glucose hence the more carbohydrates you consume the higher the level of sugar in your blood. However, fibre is in many carbohydrates and is an element that cannot be converted to glucose. Why you may ask?
The body cannot process it and travels right through the digestive system. Some types of soluble fibre absorb water helping you to visit the bathroom more regularly and that’s is good.
Please find below a number of snacks to have when you a feeling a little peckish.
Another one in the list of super-foods.
Almonds are great to snack on and rich in vitamins and minerals. They are easy to store and grabbing a handful of almonds is very convenient.
A handful of almonds contain 13 grams of good unsaturated fats, 1 gram of saturated fat, no cholesterol or salt. Compared to other nuts almonds are the highest in protein, fibre, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin by weight. However, the only negative is that almonds are high in calories (a hand full contains 160 calories) so a handful would be enough to make a great snack.
Almonds will also help to manage blood sugar levels with the fibre, protein and good fats they have.
Last but not least, almonds also help to maintain a healthy heart by lowering cholesterol levels.
These are great, also on the list of super-foods.
Avocados are diabetes friendly food. With a high fibre content and good fatty acids help to stop blood sugar from spiking.
Researchers have found that good fatty acids (monounsaturated fatty acids) help to keep blood sugar levels down.
Avocados can be eaten on their own and also made into a cream or dip like guacamole.
However, avocados are high in calories so a quarter will be enough for a quick snack.