We've all been there, that peckish feeling where you just want to snack on something. For people with diabetes, that almost seems like a sinful act! Actually, it is possible to include snacks as part of diabetes meal plan. Read on for some helpful tips on snack choices – as always, do speak to your dietitian for further advice on your specific dietary requirements
Nuts are packed with nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, vitamin E and minerals like magnesium and zinc. While relatively high in fat, nuts contain mostly unsaturated fat (or ‘good’ fat) which is helpful in the management of blood cholesterol levels.
Nonetheless, nuts are high in calories and should therefore be consumed in moderation. A guide for the appropriate amount is about a handful – for an even healthier option, go for unsweetened and unsalted nuts.
All yoghurts are good sources of protein, calcium and several other vitamins and minerals. Plain yoghurt is a healthier option; you may want to consider Greek yoghurt, which has a thicker, creamier texture. You can choose to enjoy yoghurt as it is, use it as a dip for vegetable sticks, or toss in some berries for more nutritious goodness.
Take note that yoghurt contains naturally-occurring sugars, and thus contributes to your carbohydrate intake.
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A snack idea that you may wish to consider is a diabetes-specific formula. Such formulas are specially designed for people with diabetes to help manage blood sugar levels, and at the same time provide complete and balanced nutrition to meet the needs of your body. They taste delicious too! Consult your dietitian to find out how you can incorporate a diabetes-specific formula as a snack option in your meal plan.
So remember, simple daily choices can make a big difference. Take a step in the right direction today!