All diabetics know that their disease is incurable; the only healthy way to live along with diabetes is to maintain optimum glucose level and insulin level in the blood.
This is possible when the person follows a healthy lifestyle, eat small meals frequently, eat foods that are good for him, and do regular exercise, besides taking the prescribed medicines.
Good Snacks For Diabetics
Eating snacks in between the meals helps to sustain the desired glucose level in a diabetic. While eating diabetic snacks, a person should ensure that the amount of calories consumed during each snack is limited up to 150 calories.It should be low in fat and sugar, with a small portion size.
Keep a fixed time for eating snacks, for that matter you should eat all the meals at a fixed time, this helps to maintain the glucose and insulin level in the blood. Eat your snacks when you are truly hungry, and not just when you feel bored or stressed.
Here are some good diabetic snacks that a person can nibble:
- Nuts; almond, cashew, walnuts, peanuts, etc are packed with nutrients. They contain good fats and protein. They do not raise the blood sugar, however as they are rich in calories, so a handful of nuts is enough.
- Vegetables: Eat raw vegetables such as a dish-full of carrot, cucumber and tomato slices. It will be a delightful snack serving.
- Soups: vegetable soups are good diabetic snacks. They are low in calorie and rich in fibers. Drink non starchy spinach soup, you can add onion, celery, spices to enhance the flavor and taste.
- A slice of bread with two to three digestive biscuits, and a glass of low fat milk or a cup of tea can be a suitable mid afternoon snack.
- Another yummy snack is yogurt. It can be used as a dip or it can be consumed alone. With many health benefits, a cup low fat yogurt will fill your stomach.
- Fruits such as apples, oranges can be an ideal snack item. Take care not to eat fruits loaded with sugar.
Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Diabetes Patients
Breakfast is an essential meal of the day. Therefore you have to choose correct food for your breakfast.
In order to control diabetes you have to control carbohydrate intake. Avoid processed foods and sugary items in your breakfast. Such as jams, sugary drink, juices, pancakes etc. instead consume fresh fruits, whole grain bread, plain yogurt etc.
Your aim should be to include 45 to 60 gm of carbohydrate per breakfast serving. You may have to adjust your carbohydrate diet depending on the blood sugar levels, or according to your dietitian advice.
Your breakfast should also include protein which is present in eggs, cheese, smoked meat, pea nut butter or almond butter.
Good diabetic breakfast menu:
- 4 ounce porridge, with one glass of low fat or skimmed milk.
- 1 egg
- 1slice of wheat bread, you can toast it.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of butter, or margarine.
You can drink tea or coffee or milk as per your preference.
- Half cup of blubbery or strawberry and a cup of skim milk is an easiest breakfast menu, for those diabetics who are in hurry to go to their office.
- Two egg omelet with half ounce of cheese, half cup of mixed raw or boiled vegetable, 2 slice of brown bread with margarine, and a cup of tea.