Your Go-To Snacks!
Finding the right snacks when managing type 2 diabetes can be a tricky topic. Everyone is different, of course, and what might be perfect for one person cause a spike for another. Not to mention everyone’s taste varies! Low-carb cookies can be a delightful treat for some, and a cruel piece of cardboard for another. So we asked you in the community what some of your go-to snacks are while managing type 2 diabetes and this is what you said:
Protein Protein Protein!
Various forms of cheese, nuts, eggs, and meats were very popular as a snack choice!
- String cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Beef jerky
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Smoked salmon
- Tuna salad
- Egg salad
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Greek yogurt
Increasing protein in your diet can be a great strategy for diabetes control. It’s recommended to have about 20 grams of protein per meal! Not only does protein aid in muscle, organ, and immune development, it can also make you feel fuller longer, AND it can improve post-meal blood sugar spikes!
Despite what our kids tell us, vegetables can actually be quite delicious! And many of you agreed:
- Baby carrots
- Raw broccoli
- Celery (with peanut butter)
- Sliced cucumbers (marinated in vinegar w/ salt and pepper)
- Bell peppers (with hummus)
- Raw cauliflower (with light ranch dip)
- Radishes (with a touch of salt)
Vegetables are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber and are typically low in carbs and calories (depending on the vegetable). Better yet, many vegetables, especially non-starchy veggies, only have a minimal effect on blood glucose levels, allowing you to go to town guilt-free! The thing to watch out for with vegetables is what we’re eating them with – because veggies make great vehicles for delicious dips and spreads, it can be easy to overdo it on the carbs and sugar without even realizing it!
A Treat for the Sweet Tooth!
Just because you have type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy your sweet tooth once in a while! You in the community provided some great sweet-snack options:
- Sugar-free Jell-O
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Low carb cookies
- Yogurt with berries
- Bananas with peanut butter
- Frozen grapes
When your sweet tooth starts calling, try some of these snacks instead of candy or other forms of refined sugar, and always check the label! Sometimes, a company will add sugar to an already-sweet product (such as fruit) without us even realizing it! And even worse, there are many non-sweet items that may be loaded with sugar also!
Having a go-to snack is crucial when managing diabetes! Snacking helps maintain blood sugar levels, control hunger, and manage weight! If you haven’t been able to find that perfect satisfying snack, hopefully, the above lists have inspired you! And of course, if you have any ideas that weren’t mentioned, feel free to share in the comments!!
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