Diabetic Snacking Guide
Whether you have Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes, snacks are an important component of your life as they help you maintain your blood sugar levels. However, that’s only true if you snack properly. Here’s a diabetic snacking guide to help you choose the right snacks:
Why Is Diet Important for Diabetics?
Before we get into snacks for diabetics, we first need to talk about the importance of diet for diabetics. If you’re newly diagnosed, you may not have a very good understanding of what diabetes is and how it will affect your life.
When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make insulin properly. Your body needs insulin to process the glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream. So when your body doesn’t have enough insulin, you end up with high blood sugar levels.
In the short term, high blood sugar levels can cause side effects such as increased thirst, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and more. In the long term, high blood sugar levels can cause skin infections, nerve damage, eye damage, kidney damage, and more.
To avoid both these short-term and long-term side effects, you need to maintain a balanced diet to effectively manage your blood sugar levels and prevent them from going too high for too long.
What Are the Components of a Healthy Diet for Diabetics?
The five components of a healthy diet for diabetics are the same for those without diabetes, with a few caveats. Here’s what you need to know:
Component 1: Fruits
Fresh fruits are a key component of a healthy diet for diabetics. Specifically, citrus fruits and berries are ideal. At the same time, diabetics should stay away from dried fruits and fruit juices that tend to contain high amounts of sugar.
Component 2: Vegetables
Vegetables are another staple food group for diabetics. Specifically, leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, and collard greens are recommended. Try to incorporate the full rainbow of colors, eating things like carrots, eggplants, onions, and red peppers.
Component 3: Protein
Diabetics need protein as an energy source. Light meats and fatty fish are ideal, specifically poultry and salmon. However, diabetics should avoid fatty and processed meats like bacon, ribs, and fried meats.
Component 4: Carbohydrates
Diabetics need to be very careful about carbohydrates, as they are also used for energy, but can potentially cause blood sugar spikes. Diabetics should avoid white and processed starches in favor of whole grain products.
Component 5: Dairy
Additionally, diabetics need to be careful about dairy products, as they can be quite fattening and unhealthy. Diabetics should look for nonfat or low-fat dairy products, including milk, yogurt, and cheese.
10 Best Healthy Snacks for Diabetics
Snacks are important for diabetics to manage their blood sugar. Here are nine quick and easy diabetic snack ideas that can help you effectively manage your blood sugar levels throughout the day:
Low-fat yogurt is the perfect morning snack for diabetics. Instead of getting a sugary, flavored yogurt, go with plain yogurt and add your own flavor in the form of your favorite berries, including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Another great morning snack for diabetics is oatmeal. Try to avoid instant oats that tend to be more processed in favor of steel-cut oats. Be careful with your add-ins, though, and stick with yummy fruits like bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.
3. Avocado Toast
Diabetics can get in on the avocado toast trend! Avocados are a great source of vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Just make sure to stick with whole grain bread for the toast instead of white bread.
Last up in the breakfast category is the classic egg. The best thing about eggs is their versatility — you can scramble them, hard-boil them, or serve them sunny side up. It’s all based on your preference.
Hummus is made of chickpeas that are high in fiber and low on the glycemic index. Pair your favorite flavor of hummus with some veggies like celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or peppers for a totally healthy (and delicious) snack.
If you’re a cheese lover, then we have the perfect diabetic-friendly snack for you! Stick to low-fat varieties of cheese, including cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese for a quick and easy snack that’s high in protein.
Another great snack that’s high in protein is nuts including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, pistachios, and peanuts. Just make sure to avoid highly salted varieties of nuts.
8. Trail Mix
On a similar note, you can spice up nuts with seeds and dark chocolate to create a diabetic-friendly trail mix. Again, just make sure that the components are low in both sugar and salt.
9. Sugar-Free, Low-Carb Cookies
Speaking of chocolate, it’s still possible for you to enjoy sweet treats like cookies while keeping your blood sugar in check. To do this, you need to look for sugar-free, low-carb, and gluten-free cookies.
Bougie Bakes meets the mark with our line of packaged snacks for diabetics. All of our products are baked fresh to order in Los Angeles before being packed and shipped directly to your door. All you need to do is choose your favorite flavors — which definitely isn’t an easy task!
Here are some of our favorite flavors for you to try out for yourself:
- Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies
- Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies
- Double Chocolate Cookies
- Vegan Lemon Poppy Cookies
Bougie Bakes: Diabetic-Friendly Sweet Treats
If you’re not able to choose just one bake to snack on, don’t worry! We have Bougie Bundles available so that you can try them all, whether you’re a chocolate lover, peanut butter lover, or vegan.