Type 2 Diabetes is a manageable disease as long as you take the required medication and follow a specialized diet plan. I decided to compile a list of healthy snacks for people with type 2 diabetes (I have a few family members struggling with this as well) since this is a common problem I keep hearing about.
Truth be told, even if you’re following a strict diet, a snack won’t ruin it as long as you choose wisely. And there are plenty of options, although you do need to plan ahead and stock up with the right foods you can snack on, so you can have them on hand when hunger strikes.
As a general rule, nutritionists recommend snacks that include a balanced combination of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Needless to say, these should be real foods with minimal processing and ideally no shady added chemicals. Such foods are slowly digested, thus, they keep you full for longer while keeping blood sugar levels steady.
Healthy Snacks For People With Type 2 Diabetes
Keep reading to find out some healthy snacks for people with type 2 diabetes you can eat while on the go and don’t compromise your strict diet.
You might think ‘What? Apples again? They’re so boring!’. Well, it seems like the ‘apple a day’ saying is actually true. They’re chalked full of fiber and can increase satiety levels. Check out this study that shows people will likely eat fewer calories at the next meal after eating an apple. Just be aware apples also contain sugars (aka. simple carbs) so as a diabetic you shouldn’t eat more than one small apple a day. Eating it with a healthy protein or fat such as peanut butter or hummus can help prevent blood sugar spikes.
All nuts are incredibly nutritious – peanuts, pecans, almonds and so on. However, out of all of them, walnuts have significantly higher levels of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. This study shows regular intake of walnuts can actually reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus) are rich in protein and healthy unsaturated fat. I absolutely love hummus and it’s super easy to make at home, but if you hate to cook or you’re short on time there are plenty of ready-made hummus products available in grocery stores you can choose from.
Avocados are an amazing source of monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. What better way to snack on them than by eating creamy guacamole dips. There are plenty of recipes online and store-bought options, plus they go really well with some carrot sticks to boost your intake of vitamin A while you’re at it.
From all the healthy snacks for people with type 2 diabetes you could choose from, roasted seeds are deliciously crunchy and loaded with important nutrients such as zinc, vitamin E, and folate. Opt for the unsalted roasted seeds and make them a bit more interesting with a bit of cayenne pepper or any other spice you love!
We recently talked about some of the healthiest types of berries you should add to your diet and for those suffering from diabetes they possess a particularly interesting trait. You can eat large quantities of berries without them affecting your blood sugar. Moreover, research shows eating three or more servings of blueberries or strawberries per week can reduce the risk of heart attack and regular blueberry intake can prevent developing type 2 diabetes.
Popcorn and Roasted Almonds
Popcorn and roasted almonds make a great couple right? Each of them is crunchy in its own way and offers significant health benefits. Popcorn contains a lot of fiber which is known to help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce appetite. The roasted almonds add a beneficial amount of heart-healthy fats and of course, their own unique flavor to the mix.
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