What Are The Best Snacks For Diabetics?

Finding the perfect healthy snack can be difficult for someone with diabetes. Here we have compiled a list of healthy snacks that you can eat based on the type of diabetes that you have. In our list, we explain the physical health benefits that you can expect from snacking on these healthy foods regularly.

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Berries as snacks for diabetes type 1

The best snacks for Type 1 Diabetes

Snacks are important for Type 1 diabetes as they work to keep the glucose levels steady in your blood. Those with Type 1 diabetes need to make sure that their snacks are packed with proteins, healthy fats and a measured level of carbohydrates. Some of the best snacks for those with Type 1 diabetes include:

Unsweetened yoghurts

Unsweetened yoghurt prevents spikes in your blood sugar levels whilst also providing some protein.

Berries

The antioxidants in berries work to significantly reduce inflammation whilst preventing pancreas damage. Berries are a strong source of fibre that works to stabilise your blood sugar levels and slow your digestion down.

Nuts

Nuts are an excellent source of protein, fibre and healthy fats. They also provide you with the following vitamins:

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B

Almond nuts are heavily recommended because they help to control and stabilise blood sugar levels.

Avocados as snacks for diabetes type 2

The best snacks for Type 2 Diabetes

Snacks are important for stabilising glucose levels in the blood, providing a feeling of fullness and still containing all the important nutrients, fibre and minerals. Some of the best snacks for Type 2 diabetes include:

Avocado

Avocado is high in fibre and fatty acids that are monosaturated. These elements contribute to the prevention of blood sugar levels. Controlled levels of avocado are advised as they have significantly high-calorie levels. Avocado can be consumed simply as avocado or it can be in dip form like guacamole.

Hard-boiled eggs

High in protein, hard-boiled eggs prevent your blood sugar from rising while you eat and work to control your blood sugar levels. Hard-boiled eggs also promote feelings of fullness, which is really important for preventing over-eating and weight gain.

Fresh Vegetables as snacks for gestational diabetes

The best snacks for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs when you are pregnant and your blood sugar levels increase. A healthy and balanced diet is essential for gestational diabetes, including prioritising fresh fruit and vegetables over-processed foods. Some of the best snacks for gestational diabetes include:

Vegetables

Vegetables are healthy and they provide essential vitamins and minerals as well as being a great source of fibre.

Hummus

Hummus, made from chickpeas, helps to control your blood sugar levels whilst also being a tasty source of protein, which is important for a healthy diet.

Turkey

Turkey is an extremely healthy choice because it is rich in proteins, low in fat and contains valuable minerals and vitamins.

For more information about diabetes and advice on the best foods to eat, contact us at Wandal Medical Centre today.

Author

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP) is operating Wandal Medical Centre in Rockhampton with the aim and interest of treating patients in a holistic manner. As a GP he offers medical assistance to patients of all ages, seeking advice, treatment or minor procedures.

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP) is operating Wandal Medical Centre in Rockhampton with the aim and interest of treating patients in a holistic manner. As a GP he offers medical assistance to patients of all ages, seeking advice, treatment or minor procedures.