To Snack Or Not To Snack
Which is healthier-To snack or not to snack?Who should snack, when to snack and what to snack on should always be individualized. Similar to your meal plan, it is important to discuss with your diabetes team if you should be incorporating snacks, since it might be necessary with certain medication regimens. When patients ask if they should snack, the first question I ask them is if they are snacking out of hunger or boredom. Many of us often snack mindlessly while watching TV or while on the computer and not pay attention to portion sizes.
Low carb snacks are the best snacks
Depending on the amount and type of snack we choose, this could also lead to additional calories and carbohydrates and leave you with elevated blood glucose levels! However incorporating a small balanced snack may help to curb your appetite, and prevent over eating at your next meal. Adding in a snack may be a good opportunity to incorporate more lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber into our diet. In general, I typically recommend opting for low carb snacks between meals to prevent your blood sugars from spiking. Especially if having a snack at night, choosing a low carb snack may help prevent your fasting blood glucose levels from creeping up!
15 low carb snack ideas
Each have less than 5 grams of carbs.
- 1 ounce of unsalted nuts
- 1 oz. String Cheese
- Ham and cheese roll up (1 slice of cheese and ham)
- Celery with 1 tbsp. of peanut, cashew, or almond butter
- 1 egg (hard boiled, scrambled, or deviled)
- Sugar Free jello
- Raw Vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumber, or peppers dipped in 2 tbsp. of ranch dressing (can also make a homemade ranch dip by sprinkling a ranch packet on plain greek yogurt)
- 1 ounce of mozzarella with sliced tomato and basil ( can also drizzle olive oil or balsamic over it)
- 4 ounces of cottage cheese
- Beef or turkey jerky
- Unsalted seeds (pumpkin or sunflower)
- 1 cup of light popcorn
- 1/2 of an avocado (can also make into guacamole using tomato and onion and pair with vegetables)
- Kale Chips (drizzle olive oil and lemon on Kale and bake)
- Vegetables with 2 tbsp. hummus (Change up the vegetables you are using and the hummus flavor to add more variety)
Monitor your blood sugar when snacking
Even though the above snack suggestions are all low in carbohydrates and are not likely going to increase your blood sugar, it is important to still be mindful with portion sizes! Keep in mind the amount of carbohydrates required for snacking may vary per individual, especially based off your insulin or medication regimen.
We are all always looking for new and fun low carb snack ideas, so we would love to hear from you on your favorite snack options!
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