Have you been thinking about the best snacks for diabetes? You need to read this.
Diabetes happens to be one of the commonest diseases worldwide. Getting diagnosed with Diabetes can be a life-changing event for anyone.
So what is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of Diabetes?
Eating very little or no sugar for the rest of your lives? Having to contend with bland food because you cannot be eating what everyone else eats? Not really.
Although food restriction in Diabetes management goes a long way when it comes to controlling the disease, it does not mean that you needn’t have delicious food options.
You may have heard multiple times that a diabetic patient should avoid staying hungry for long hours. All doctors advise a Diabetic patient to keep eating something every two hours. As simple as it may sound, it isn’t very easy to manage.
You cannot cook eight meals a day in the morning before leaving home for work. Also, when you are at work you would prefer eating something that’s easy and relatively less time-consuming to eat.
In both instances, people wish for dishes that are not just easy to prepare but are easy to eat as well as palatable too.
The good news is that there are a whole lot of easy-to-prepare snacks for diabetes that is absolutely healthy and exquisitely tasty! These snacks are low in fat and calories, but high in necessary nutrients.
Here are some quick fix snacks for Diabetes
Nothing can beat a salad when it comes to less preparation time. Also, salads are not always boring!
Mixed Sprout Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
You can choose either one variety of sprouted beans or you could opt for mixed sprouts, toss them together with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, a little bit of coriander, some black salt and a dash of lemon juice. Also, you can add a tsp of ground flax seeds to it. Flax seeds may help in improving insulin sensitivity because of its antioxidant properties and are also they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Mixed Berries Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
If you wish to eat something sweet and still control diabetes, this is the best option. Mix some cranberries with raspberries and/or pieces of strawberry with half a teaspoonful of maple syrup. To give it a dash of omega-3 and for a more earthy taste, add a tablespoonful of roasted flax seeds. You can also add in some baby spinach for an unusually fresh taste. Either way, the salad is packed with antioxidants and is heavenly in taste.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
On the days you crave some meat, tuna salad is the answer to your cravings. Steam a medium-sized cube of tuna. Add some diet-friendly homemade mayonnaise and top it with about half a tablespoon of mustard. To make it more nutrient-dense, add some fresh greens like chives or spring onion, and steamed spinach. Now, enjoy your meal full of omega-3 fatty acids!
Avocado Tomato Open Sandwich
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Mash about a quarter of an Avocado with garlic salt. Spread this mixture on a slice of regular or toasted multigrain or whole wheat bread and top it with freshly cut tomatoes. Sprinkle some chopped parsley or coriander over it and your snack packed with vitamins and dietary fibre is ready!
Mixed Veggie Sandwich
Prep Time: 7-12 minutes
A good old recipe but it’s always fun to eat and easy to prepare. Add any vegetable of your choice- cucumbers, tomatoes, beetroot, onion or spring onion, lettuce – the works! Ditch the regular bread for the multigrain variety. Avoid using readymade dips and sandwich spreads and opt for a homemade mint-yoghurt spread instead. You can also choose to add some boiled shredded chicken, scrambled eggs or tuna to these sandwiches.
Yes, you heard it right we said Pizza- but made our way! Take whole grain sandwich bread and add tomatoes, mushrooms and shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese. Keep it in the broiler for a minute or two and there you go, your cheesy yummy pizza is ready to eat!
Fruit and Yoghurt:
Yoghurt with fruits and little nuts not only is an extremely easy snacking option but also tastes amazing! Take about 6 ounces of Yogurt, add a teaspoonful each of dried cranberries and finely chopped almonds, and voila! Your snack is ready to eat! Choose to replace your regular yoghurt with Greek yoghurt any day as it contains extra proteins to give you that extra amount of energy you need!
Roll or Wrap:
Use a whole wheat wrap or a roti for the base, top it with fresh vegetables, chicken, fish or egg. You can add some shredded low-fat cheese or cottage cheese and serve it with a dip or chutney of your choice. Again, avoid opting for readymade spreads and dips; you can go for a mint-yoghurt dip or yoghurt mustard dip instead.
Contrary to belief, Diabetes-friendly snacks or snacks for diabetes are easy to prepare and with some fun (but healthy!) permutations and combinations, smart eating becomes a pleasure to look forward to rather than a boring ritual. You could know more about foods for diabetics Here
AUTHOR BIO: Dr. Rupali Shah, B.H.M.S. (Mumbai)
Dr Rupali is a homoeopathic physician practising for more than 20 years. She is a certified nutritionist and homoeopath and is currently associated as Senior Doctor with Welcome Cure one of the largest online homoeopathic treatment portals, based in Mumbai India.