Diabetic Diet: 5 Low-Sugar Snacking Ideas

by Vanessa Luis

Snacking healthy when you’re on a diabetic diet means skipping added sugar. It also calls for a healthy combination of proteins and good fats, along with some high-quality carbohydrates. This style of eating keeps you full for longer, and could also keep your blood sugar levels stable. But it’s not easy to keep a check on everything you consume. Sugar is hidden in several snacks including processed and packaged foods. It’s best to avoid them and resort to healthier snacking combinations, such as these:

1. Fruit With Nut Butters
Fresh fruit, when paired with nut butters, makes for a healthy combination of complex carbs, healthy fats, fiber and lean proteins. Banana and peanut butter for instance, is not just a good snacking option, but can also be used as a topping for toast. Go ahead, try combinations such as apple and peanut butter, or pear and almond butter.

2. Veggies & Hummus
Fresh vegetables like carrots, celery and bell peppers go well with many kinds of dips. However, since mayo and sour cream are not the best choices for you, try something healthier, like hummus. It makes for an excellent dip that’s high in protein and fiber.

3. Wholegrain Crackers & Low-Fat Cheese
Here’s a classic tea-time snack that could be diabetic-friendly too. Just make sure you opt for wholegrain crackers instead of the ones made out of refined flour or AP flour, and pick a cheese that’s healthy and low-fat. Always practice moderation, for better health.

4. Non-Fat Greek Yogurt & Berries
You no longer have to miss flavored yogurt; make your own with some plain non-fat Greek yogurt and fresh berries. This makes for a healthy combination that’s high in proteins and antioxidants, low in carbs and has a natural sweetness to it. You can also add some flaxseeds or nuts for an added boost of healthy fats.

5. Sugar-Free Jell-O
If you’re in the mood for an indulgent treat sans the sugar, opt for sugar-free Jell-O. This sweet flavored snack contains almost no calories, yet it can satiate your sweet tooth. Most sugar-free products contain artificial sweeteners, so be sure to check the food label and identify ingredients that are acceptable in your diet.

Being diabetic doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious meals; you have to learn to eat wisely and moderately. This diabetic-friendly guide that will help you pick your meals carefully.


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