It’s no secret that preparing healthy meals is vital to managing diabetes, but what about snacks?
For most people, grabbing a handful of potato chips, sugary candy or a soda is no big deal. But while those snacks aren’t healthy for anyone, they can be downright dangerous for a diabetic. Choosing smart snacks is the key to keeping blood sugar levels balanced and energy levels high.
So which snacks are best to have in your bag when on the run? Thankfully, there are lots of healthy options to choose from! It’s just a matter of creating a shopping list ahead of time and using portion control to prevent overeating.
But there’s no reason to feel deprived with these snacks. They are filling, tasty and packed with energizing nutrients.
Here are 8 healthy snacks to keep handy when you’re out and about:
1. Small apple or orange
While fruit does have natural sugars, it’s still a healthy snack to have on hand – and an apple or orange slices are easy to eat on the run.
2. ½ cup almonds or other nuts
Loaded with protein and healthy fats, nuts are a great energy-booster. Just be sure and keep the portion size under control!
3. 10 gold-fish crackers
This is a handy snack to have on hand, especially if you have kids. These popular crackers are satisfying and are low in carbohydrates, making the overall sugar intake low.
4. 2 rice cakes + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
Smear the peanut butter on the rice cakes and put them in Ziploc baggies for easy access in your purse or diabetic messenger bag. The peanut butter provides protein – but is also heavy in fat, so be sure and keep the portion to a Tablespoon.
5. 6 oz light yogurt + ¾ cup blueberries
If you’re not a blueberry fan, you can also use raspberries, blackberries or a combination of those. Yogurt is typically a high-sugar food, but finding a light – or sugar-free yogurt is a good alternative.
6. 1 piece of string cheese stick
7. 3 cups light popcorn
This is fun go-to snack that tastes more like a treat. You can pop up your favorite light popcorn and put in baggies for easy access.
8. 5 baby carrots
Baby carrots are a great, low maintenance snack that is healthy, filling and nice and crunchy. Easy to pack, baby carrots are an easy snack to eat on the run.
What are your favorite diabetic-friendly snacks?
We’d love to hear some of your favorite snacks that you keep handy while at work or play. Share your favorites in the comments below!
(nutritional source: http://www.diabetes.org)