For most people, going for too long between meals and feeling hungry is little more than a small mild annoyance. But for diabetics, unstable blood sugar can have dire consequences.
According to the DiabeticLifestyle.com, snacking is especially important on a diet for diabetes. The last thing that a diabetic needs is to have to settle for whatever food might be convenient, like a gas station bag of chips or a sugary granola bar. For this reason, diabetics should get in the habit of packing healthy snacks wherever they go.
- Go for something that is high in fiber, like fruits and vegetables. Fiber slows digestion, which means a slow, steady release of glucose into the system.
- Combine healthy whole wheat and protein. Whole grains lower blood sugar while protein stabilizes it. Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter are quick and delicious.
- Reach for low-fat dairy. A small yogurt or glass of skim milk packs bone-protecting calcium and stabilizing protein.
- Don’t choose highly sugary drinks like soda or sweetened fruit juice (unless a blood sugar episode is occurring). These drinks will make blood sugar rocket through the roof.
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. If possible, have a glass with your snack. Dehydration can be especially severe for diabetics.
Of course, no one can plan for every situation. When a diabetic is hypoglycemic and blood sugar becomes dangerously though, they need to up their levels fast. In that case, reach for one of these options:
- 1-tablespoon sugar (can also be dissolved in water), honey, or syrup
- ½ cup fruit juice or regular soda that is made with sugar
- Several hard candies
Snacking plays an important role in a healthy diabetic diet. Diabetics should always consult their doctor about other ways to manage their condition and stay healthy.
- “Snacks: A Healthy Necessity in a Diabetic Diet”, DiabeticLifestyle.com