Cheat Snacks For Diabetics
Happy Friday Everyone!
If you are like me, you are totally prepared for an awesome weekend. I know I am with the Super Bowl on Sunday (Go Hawks!) With the thought of all the hotdogs and junk that will likely be consumed, I am reminded of snacking and cheat days for many that should be adhering to an eating strategy. That being said, I have dedicated this post to covering some cheat snacks for those that are dealing with diabetes. You should be able to enjoy just like everyone else right?
A couple of points to make is:
1. When selecting a snack, be sure to keep it under 150 calories. My rule of thumb here is that it is virtually impossible to find a candy bar under 150 calories and keeps your snacking honest!
2. Snacks packed with protein and good fat do not cause a jump or spike in blood sugar.
So What kind of snacks are good? The following are great snacks:
Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Peanuts, and Cashews These contain the healthy monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. And because they’re packed with protein and “good” fat, they won’t raise blood sugar as much as crackers or pretzels do. Many nuts are high in calories (almonds are the lowest), stick to an ounce, or about the amount that will fit in the palm of your hand.
Whole-grain crackers with peanut butter. You’ll eat more protein and fewer carbs than if you have a bigger pile of crackers with no peanut butter, and your blood sugar won’t rise as much. 3-4 crackers are sufficent.
Raw Veggies. Get in an extra serving of vegetables by nibbling on grape tomatoes, carrots, red and green peppers, cucumbers, broccoli crowns, and cauliflower. Eat them plain or dip them into nonfat yogurt, a light salad dressing, or hummus (stick with 1 to 2 tablespoons’ worth). (mmmmm – hummus!)
Black bean salsa over Eggplant slices. The salsa has only about 15 grams of carbs, 80 calories, and 1 gram of fat. This is for those snack times when you feel like you need a little extra “taste”.
Small cup of vegetable soup. Cook non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, onion, celery, green beans, and squash in some vegetable or chicken stock. It’s filling, full of veggies, and low in carbohydrates.
Eat an apple—and the skin. An apple with the skin contains about 3 grams of fiber. The skin packs a double whammy, carrying healthy soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and antioxidants that fight free radicals and lower the risk of diabetes complications.
Try low-fat string cheese. Okay, for those that know me understand that I am not crazy about dairy and cheese. However for snacking and variety sake I’ve included it here. Each piece contains only 80 calories. These are one of the few portable goodies rich in sugar-steadying protein.
So there you have a short list of things that you can snack on in case you start to here the potential rumbling from below!
Thanks for reading and enjoy the game!
Yours in Success,
Posted on January 30, 2015, in Diabetes, fitness, Meal Preparation, Nutrition, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and tagged eating strategies, Exercise, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Jacksonville FL, LaRochester Fitness, living with diabetes, nutrition, snacking with diabetes, snacks for diabetics, what kind of snacks can diabetics have. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.