A previous post discussed the types of foods that a diabetic should consume and snacks were mentioned. When you are a diabetic, you need to understand what your body is lacking in order for you to fuel it when it runs low. Therefore, it is important that you are knowledgeable in regards to the snacks that will best benefit you. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling for you and generate ideas of what to research online.
Most of America is on the go or at work, or both. So when you are deciding what to use as snacks to boost your blood sugar, you have to go with something that is portable and potent. You need something that is effective but that can be carried on your person or stowed at a desk. Try to go with something that is less than 150 calories. If you binge on snacks, then you are getting no where as far as weight is concerned. A 150 calorie snack is just enough to curb your hunger and give you the boost that you need. There are also some handy snack-packs that you can pick up at the grocery store that are in packets of 100 calories. Those would be a good choice if you want a ‘brand name’ that fits your needs. There are also granola bars and health bars that you can find for less than 150 calories and will give you extra nutrients in addition to the sugar that you need.
Grabbing a handful of nuts is extremely beneficial for you when you start to feel a little low. They help to lower cholesterol and they also decrease your risk factor for a cardiovascular illness in addition to normalizing your blood glucose levels. They have a huge amount of protein and they also have monounsaturated fats (“good” fats) that will help you avoid a spike that a candy bar will give you. They enter your blood stream and you are able to keep you level normalized for longer when you have nuts as opposed to a chocolate bar. But, try not to go overboard on the nuts. All you need is an amount that will fit inside the palm of your hand. That will be enough for you to keep functioning for a while.
I am sure that you have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There is some truth to that. If you eat a whole apple, skin and all, you are digesting approximately three grams of fiber. That fiber helps to lower cholesterol, provides antioxidants that are used to fight infections, lowers your risk factor for a cardiovascular disease, and it also lowers your risk for diabetic complications. Those complications can range from hypoglycemia to circulation problems. Just an apple a day when you are feeling low can give you all these benefits.
Even when the package says “low-fat”, check the label. Sometimes companies market foods as low-fat even if they contain a slightly lower fat content than the ‘full-fat’ option. Do not eat more of these because you believe them to be healthier. Check the labels and do your homework regarding that certain product.
These are just a few ideas for you and are only meant to spark some inspiration in your mind as to what you would respond to best.