Snacks serve an important role in a diabetic’s diet. They help keep your
blood sugar steady between meals and before exercising. And they help
treat episodes of hypoglycemia—when your blood sugar drops dangerously
low. But skip the vending machine and try these healthy snacks instead.
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Blend a combo of fruits—think strawberries, peaches, and bananas—with
6 ounces of light or nonfat yogurt. Use fresh fruits when they’re in
season. Otherwise, choose frozen—just make sure no sugar has been added.
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Set aside time each week to prepare produce and you’ll never have to
search for a healthy nibble again. Some ideas: sugar snap peas, zucchini
sticks, cucumber slices, or bell pepper strips. Pump up the protein by
eating them with a small container of store-bought hummus.
Beans provide as much protein as meat with much less fat. Just one half-cup serving gives you one-third of your daily fiber requirement. Mash one-third of a cup of pinto or fat-free black beans with salsa. Spread on a corn tortilla or scoop up with baked tortilla chips.
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This tasty treat combines whole grains, fruit, and nut butter, full
of protein and healthy fats to manage hunger. Serve a slice of
whole-wheat bread or half a whole-grain English muffin with a swipe of
peanut or almond butter. Top with a few banana slices.
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Nuts provide polyunsaturated fatty acids that help keep blood sugar
steady. Combine two or three different types with dried cranberries,
blueberries, or raisins. If you like, throw in some pumpkin or sunflower
An 8-ounce latte with skim milk has just 100 calories and 15 grams of
carbohydrates. Plus, it offers bone-building calcium and vitamin D.
Pair it with a piece of fresh fruit for a satisfying snack while
shopping or reading.
Fruits such as bananas, nectarines, and cherries could be considered
nature’s perfect snacks. They’re nutritious, delicious, and easily
portable. Each fruit has its own healthy benefits. For instance, citrus
varieties—including grapefruits and oranges—provide a boost of vitamin C
and fiber. And berries pack an antioxidant punch.
In moderation and with smart topping choices, frozen yogurt provides a
healthy alternative to ice cream. Keep the portion size to half a
cup—that’s about the size of half a tennis ball. Pile on 2 ounces of
berries and about 1 tablespoon of slivered almonds.
Keep a can of salmon or light tuna on hand. Each supplies healthy
omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your heart. Mix it with light
mayo and freshly ground pepper. Scoop with whole-grain crackers or make a
half-sandwich on whole-wheat bread.
You may be surprised to discover that popcorn is a whole grain, full
of nutrients such as fiber and magnesium. Just skip the salt and butter
to avoid excess sodium and fat. Instead, top air-popped kernels or light
microwave popcorn with chili and garlic powder.