If you’re looking for healthy snack recipes to help manage your diabetes, you’ve come to the right place. Eating the right snacks can help you maintain your blood sugar levels and keep your energy levels up throughout the day. To help you make the best choices, we’ve consulted with a dietitian to bring you four healthy snack recipes that are perfect for managing diabetes. These recipes are easy to make, delicious, and packed with nutrients that will help you stay healthy and energized. So, let’s get started!
4 Healthy Snack Recipes to Manage Diabetes, According to a Dietitian
If you have diabetes, it’s important to make sure you’re eating healthy snacks throughout the day. Eating the right snacks can help you manage your blood sugar levels and keep your energy up. To help you out, we asked a dietitian to share her favorite healthy snack recipes for people with diabetes.
1. Greek Yogurt Parfait
This Greek yogurt parfait is a great snack for people with diabetes. It’s packed with protein and fiber, which can help keep your blood sugar levels stable. To make it, layer Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds in a bowl. Enjoy!
2. Hummus and Veggies
Hummus and veggies make a great snack for people with diabetes. The hummus provides protein and fiber, while the veggies provide vitamins and minerals. Try dipping carrots, celery, bell peppers, or cucumbers in hummus for a tasty snack. You can also add a sprinkle of nuts or seeds for extra crunch.
3. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great snack for people with diabetes. It’s packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, which can help keep your blood sugar levels stable. To make your own trail mix, mix together nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and a few dark chocolate chips. Enjoy!
4. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
Apple slices with peanut butter make a great snack for people with diabetes. The apples provide fiber and vitamins, while the peanut butter provides protein and healthy fats. Try slicing an apple and spreading a tablespoon of peanut butter on top. Enjoy!
These are just a few of the healthy snack recipes that can help you manage your diabetes. Remember to always consult with your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.
Snacks are not an essential part of a meal plan; however, they certainly can be built into your day if necessary. Limiting snacks can be a good place to start if you’re trying to cut calories or lose weight. Usually, people with diabetes may choose up to three snacks a day. Snacks should be inserted if you go too long in between meals or if you find that your blood sugar drops during a certain time every day.
When choosing snacks for diabetes, they should be high in fiber, protein, and/or healthy fats, which can help keep you feeling satisfied. Examples of such are hummus and baby carrots or edamame. Including non-starchy vegetables in your snack is a great way to add more fiber and more servings of vegetables. If you choose a carbohydrate food as a snack, like whole-grain crackers or fruit, pair it with a protein food or healthy fat like string cheese or nut butter to help reduce the carbohydrate’s effect on your blood sugar.
Below are four snacks that are perfect for people with diabetes to help manage their blood sugar. Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss 5 Best Fruits to Eat If You Have Diabetes, Says Dietitian.
The following recipes are excerpted from Diabetes Create Your Plate Meal Prep Cookbook by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND. Photographs by Alison Lima. Used with permission of Robert Rose Books. All rights reserved.
Croquettes are vegetable patties that are pan-fried in a small amount of oil. This version uses potatoes, carts, onion, and celery and are might tasty. Serve with a spoonful of nonfat plain Greek yogurt for dipping.
Get the recipe for Vegetable Croquettes.
Cottage cheese is an underappreciated dairy food, but I get it—some folks don’t like its texture. This recipe tosses your cottage cheese into the blender and the result is smooth, creamy and filled with protein and calcium. Top it with sugar-free maple syrup, fresh fruit, and nuts, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
Get the recipe for Whipped Cottage Cheese with Berries and Pistachios.
Chia seeds have a mild taste, so when you add bold flavors, like orange and vanilla, they really stand out. When mixed with milk or water, chia seeds swell (or gelatinize), and overnight that mixture transforms into a pudding. Whip up this recipe that serves 5 on Sunday night, and enjoy a pudding snack every day of the week.
Get the recipe for Orange Creamsicle Chia Seed Pudding.
Bites or balls are easy to whip up together, which makes them ideal to meal prep. They’re easy to grab-and-go with no heating required. These bites contain a variety foods—dates, almond butter, walnuts, carrots, raisins, and coconut flakes—to help balance it out and make them more satisfying.
Get the recipe for Carrot Cake Energy Bites.
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Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN