Snacks On the GoWhen you are living with diabetes, the hunger pangs you get often can be quite a challenge. If you have type 2 diabetes, a smart tip for controlling your blood sugar levels is to imagine snacks as miniature versions of meals and plan your carbs accordingly. Snacks with a good mix of fat, protein, and fiber will keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar at acceptable levels throughout the day. Here are a few examples of easy snacks that’ll help you stave off those hunger pangs:
1. String Cheese and Whole-Wheat Crackers
Individually wrapped sticks of low-fat string cheese are easy to slip into your purse or backpack, but you'll want to add a few other foods to round out this diabetes snack. For a more nutritionally complete snack, munch on a single serving of low-fat string cheese, five whole-grain crackers, and some baby carrots or apple slices
2. Almonds and Dried Cranberries
For a power-packed diabetes snack that's sweet and crunchy, try this mix of nuts and dried fruit. Almonds limit the blood sugar spike that normally follows eating and they keep you feeling full, according to a study published in the November 2013 issue of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
3. Hummus With Veggies
Build this healthy diabetes snack around one-third cup of hummus. Use it as a dip for cucumber, celery, broccoli, peppers, or carrot sticks. Hummus is calorie-dense but also offers fiber and nutrients.
4. Greek Yogurt and Raisins
Top off a half-cup of plain Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of raisins for a satisfying diabetes snack. Raisins didn't raise blood sugar and lowered blood pressure, making them a healthy snack for people with type 2 diabetes.
5. Egg Salad
Hard-boiled eggs provide protein and is easily portable You can also mash a hard-boiled egg with about a teaspoon of low-fat mayonnaise, or add an extra egg white or two for more protein. Eat this diabetes snack with five multigrain-cracker.