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Healthy Snack Tips for People with Diabetes

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Healthy Snack Tips for People with Diabetes

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If unchecked, diabetes presents serious health risks. But if you properly manage your blood sugar, you can lead a healthy life. Diet is the most important factor in managing blood sugar levels, and snacking between meals can make it easier to keep these levels consistent.

The word “snack” might make you think of unhealthy treats with high salt or sugar content. But if you have diabetes, you should avoid these types of foods and instead eat snacks that are high in fiber and protein. Snacking on healthy foods like these provides several benefits:

  • Prevents sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar levels
  • Discourages overeating during your next full meal
  • Provides consistent energy throughout the day

Diet is the most important factor in managing blood sugar levels, and snacking between meals can make it easier to keep these levels consistent.

Healthy Snack Tips

Healthy Snack Tips for People with Diabetes

What Are Some Healthy Snack Options?

When you’re looking for a healthy snack, keep some of these general rules in mind:

  • If your snack is low in fiber and protein but otherwise healthy, like watermelon, balance it out with additional high-fiber or high-protein foods, like almonds or yogurt.
  • When grocery shopping, keep an eye out for foods with at least 3 grams of dietary fiber.
  • For high-protein snacks, avoid red meat and stick with poultry, seafood, or plant-based foods.

Some healthy snacking options that are high in fiber, protein, or both, include:

  • Whole wheat, whole grain, or multigrain breads
  • Fruits and vegetables, especially raspberries, mangos, carrots, and artichokes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Dried edamame

 

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Healthy Snack Tips for People with Diabetes

How Can ACPNY Help?

Among the care offered at AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) is nutrition counseling. Our Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCESs) can help you make meal plans for better managing your blood sugar. As part of your Care Team, your CDCES will collaborate with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a “whole you” care approach, which means they’ll look at all of the physical, mental, and lifestyle factors that make up your entire health picture and help guide you toward healthier living overall.

If you or someone close to you has diabetes, or if you think you might be at risk for diabetes, schedule an appointment today with an ACPNY provider.