Diabetes Basics

7 Snacking Tips for Diabetes Patients

For diabetics, going too long without eating is something which is not advisable at all. Remaining hungry for too long a time can raise their blood sugar level to dangerous levels and the situation can become worse if something like a snack is not eaten in between. Snacks are also important if your medication lowers your blood sugar levels in between two meals.

However, care has to be taken that you don't binge in the name of snacking. Following are some important tips that you can follow in order to indulge in healthy snacking.

Tip1: Snack only when you are hungry
If you are not hungry then you don't need to force yourself to eat. However, when you do then don't make it just another meal of the day. Limit the size of your serving. This can be done by limiting the amount of calories taken in to 150 calories only.

Tip 2: Limit the size of serving of your low-calorie snack
It has been observed that people eat more snacks when they are thought to be low-fat. What forces them to do so is the idea that despite an increased size of the serving, they would be still saving on the amount of calories taken in. However, in reality its exact opposite happens. Hence, even when the snack is low-fat, people should try to limit he size of its serving.

Tip 3: Don't eat from the bag
In order to limit the size of your serving, snack from a plate and not from the bag itself. The plate would always help you monitor the size of the serving. You might not be able to do so in the case of snacking from the bag.

Tip 4: Have nuts for snacks
Some extremely healthy snack foods can be nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts and peanuts. They contain a fairly high amount of essential vitamins, proteins and healthy mono-saturated fats. Their consumption won't have any major effect on blood sugar levels as well. However, you should try to put a limit on their consumption as they are high in calories.

Tip 5: Consider vegetables in your snack options
Vegetables can be the best snacks that you can have. Green leafy vegetables are full of fiber and other vital nutrients, have zero carbohydrates and can fill you up as well. You can either eat them raw of serve them along with a low-fat salad dressing.

Tip 6: Opt for soups if feeling a bit more hungry
Non-starchy vegetable soup and chicken stock is best if you are feeling a bit more hungry. It would fill you up easily and would be low on carbohydrates as well.

Tip 7: Consider fruits
You can opt for fruits that are not too sweet and do not have too much calorie in them.