Diabetes is a very common disease which affects a large number of the world population. Unfortunately, if you or someone from your family suffer from it, you know how difficult it is to find healthy snacks that won’t additionally increase the blood sugar levels. This is because most snacks have a lot of carbohydrates and can cause insulin spikes easily.
So, which snacks can satisfy you without causing an increase in your insulin levels? Don’t worry, there are a lot of options! For that purpose, we’ve prepared a list of healthy snacks that can be consumed by people who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Let’s take a look:
Popcorn made in coconut oil
It will take only 5 minutes of your time to prepare this snack which is rich in fiber.
If you like eating tuna, you should know that Albacore tuna makes a healthy snack as it has a high amount of protein that will suppress cravings while the omega-3 fatty acids will lower your blood sugar levels.
8 to 12 baby carrots have less than 25 grams of carbs and the beta-carotene, fiber, and antioxidants will prolong your satiety without increasing your blood sugar.
Hummus with raw vegetables
Hummus has a high amount of fiber and healthy fats, whereas it’s low in carbs. Snack 1/3 of a cup of hummus and dip with carrots, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, or bell peppers.
Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are the best fruits for diabetics because they’re rich in flavonoid which regulates the blood sugar levels and supplies the body with the needed antioxidants. Eat 1 serving daily.
Dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa is rich in flavonoids which have been proven to better the sensitivity to insulin, the insulin resistance, and they can also lower the blood glucose and cravings.
Eggs make a great snack for diabetics as they’re rich in protein, high-quality fats, and have no carbs.
Chicken and veggie soup
Exclude the noodles and focus on including chicken and any low-carb veggies you want.
Greek yogurt and protein powder
Greek yogurt is rich in probiotics and protein. Also, it’s low on sugar. Add a tsp of chocolate whey protein powder to improve the taste.
Apples and oranges
Although they both have sugar, due to the high amount of fiber, the insulin spike isn’t so pronounced. The best way to eat fruits is to eat them whole. When you juice or eat them skinless, the fiber is removed and this is not good for the blood sugar.
Non-fat cottage cheese
The protein found in this cheese regulates the blood sugar and it doesn’t have a high-calorie count like normal cheese. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to limit yourself to the serving size since most of the calories come from protein.
Rice cake with peanut butter
Spread some natural peanut butter without hydrogenated oils on a rice cake. Eating two of these has less than 150 calories.
Cashews, almonds, and pecans are rich in high-quality fats and have no carbs. They’re rich in fiber that controls the appetite. Eat one handful, but not more, as they have a high amount of calories.