Living with type 2 diabetes means it’s important to be mindful about what you snack on. Try to choose options that help you manage your blood sugar. And because everyone responds to certain foods differently, there’s no one-is-size-fits-all snacking guide.
But this doesn’t mean snack time has to be complicated or boring! Here are some grab-and-go snacks that can be healthy picks when you have type 2 diabetes.
Nuts are excellent sources of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins. Plus, they’re super easy to grab when you’re in a rush. Some great nut choices include:
While nuts are low in carbs, they’re also higher in calories, so it’s a good idea to be mindful of portion sizes. For instance, a
Adding more nuts to your daily diet may have another benefit: Weight management. According to a 2019 research review, increasing your daily nut consumption may lead to less weight gain over time.
Carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and celery sticks are great for dipping into hummus. These colorful veggies are also full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
Hummus is made from chickpeas, making it high
Greek yogurt is
Keep in mind that most of the calories in popcorn come from carbohydrates, so be sure to watch your serving size. Aim for about 3 cups of popped popcorn, which contains roughly
You can buy pre-popped popcorn, but make sure to check the nutrition facts. Avoid hydrogenated oils and added sugars. Stay away from movie-theater style popcorn, too, as it can contain a lot of saturated fats and salt.
You can purchase packaged low fat string cheese for when you’re really in a rush to get out the door. Many string cheeses are
A high sodium diet can elevate blood pressure and lead to heart conditions over time. Try to choose a low sodium option when possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you eat less than
Boiling eggs takes just 10 to 15 minutes, and you can prepare them ahead of time for your busy week.
One can of tuna packs a whopping
Mix it up with a little bit of mayonnaise and some chopped celery, carrots, and pickles, and you have a tasty tuna salad that will go great on whole-grain crackers or a piece of whole-grain bread
Try to limit or avoid pre-made tuna salads, as they can sometimes contain added oils and ingredients.
Olives contain a nice dose of
If eating olives by themselves doesn’t sound appetizing, try putting them on top of some hummus, and enjoy them with vegetable sticks or crackers.
Avocados are low in carbs and loaded with healthy fats and fiber. In fact, the monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat present in avocados may help raise your HDL (good) cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Avocados are also low in carbohydrates, which means the risk of a blood sugar spike is quite low.
For a satisfying snack, mash up half of an avocado, spread it on a piece of toasted wheat bread, and sprinkle a little bit of sea salt and crushed red pepper on top.
Sugar-free gelatin is not nutrient-dense, but if you’re in the mood for something sweet and are really trying to watch your blood sugar, this is a good option.
Add a dollop of sugar-free whipped topping and some fresh berries for more flavor and added antioxidants.
While these may not make you less hungry, they provide a pop of flavor, which may make them easier to drink.
When you’re living with type 2 diabetes, you can snack “smart” by aiming for items high in protein and fiber, and low in empty carbs and sugar. Know your portion sizes beforehand, and don’t forget to count the carbohydrates into your overall meal plan.
The American Diabetes Association advises that a diabetes-friendly snack has under 20 g of carbohydrates.