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Diabetic Snacks

It is very important to take care of your diet when diagnosed with diabetes. A good diet will help keep your blood sugar levels in control. If you eat 2 meals a day and have long gaps in between, then it would lead to a lot of fluctuation in your blood sugar levels. So in order to keep the blood sugar level stable it is recommended to have smart and healthy snacks in between meals. This will help in keeping your blood sugar stable and also help you loose weight.
A few tips on how to make healthy diabetic snacks are; eat foods that give you proteins and fats. For example, you could eat nuts and seeds and also combine it with foods that supply carbohydrates in every snack you have. You should cut down or completely avoid processed and sugary snacks like candies, cookies, cold drinks, chips, as they have a high supply of sugar. Keep every snack to 150 calories or less. Eat fruits, as they are naturally sweetened and rich in proteins, fibers and do not harm the blood sugar levels. Eat healthy and light foods such as carrots, hummus, low fat yogurt mixed with crushed nuts. Use whole wheat bread to make sandwiches. A turkey sandwich with mustard is very good. Eat foods that are high on fibers, as it will slow down the digestion process and make the rise and fall of blood sugar more stable. Whole grain crackers with peanut butter as also cottage cheese with an apple would make a good snack to eat.

There are plenty of diabetic snack foods available in the market as well as snacks that can be made at home. These diabetic diet snacks could very well be included into your diabetic snack list or your diabetic diet menu that you could use to keep a check on the food you eat. These are a few sample diabetic snack recipes you could try at home:
  • Crunchy Snack Mix Recipe: To make this tasty snack you would need one cup wedge shaped cheese crackers, three cups of mini pretzel twists, one table spoon of Worcestershire sauce and one tea spoon lime juice. Besides this you also require two cups of mini garlic rye toasts, half a teaspoon of garlic powder, quarter teaspoon pepper, one third of a cup filled with melted margarine and three fourth oz of Italian breadsticks broken into pieces and half a teaspoon of salt. Once you have all these ingredients ready you need to combine the pretzel twists, crackers, garlic rye toasts and the breadsticks. In another bowl mix the melted margarine with lemon juice, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Whisk it well and put it over the pretzels mixture. Now spread this on a pan and bake it for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve it after it has cooled.
  • Coconut sprinkle surprise: To make this quick snack you need some cream cheese, grated orange rind, artificial sweetener, chopped walnuts and unsweetened shredded coconut. Once you have all these ingredients ready, you need to beat the cream cheese to make it light and fluffy. Mix the grated fruit rinds and walnuts with the sweetener. Combine both well and then roll the mix into small one inch balls. Roll the balls in the coconut and put it in the refrigerator.
  • Diabetes cookies: To make this delicious snack you need some raisins, water, eggs, vanilla essence, baking powder, butter, soda dissolved in little water, a pinch of salt and cinnamon. You need to boil the butter, raisins and water for a few minutes. Once the mixture is cool add the eggs, vanilla and soda. Mix the baking powder with flour, salt and cinnamon. Now combine both the mixture and add the nuts. Now bake this in 350 degrees for about 20 minutes for a delicious diabetic cookie.
Submitted on January 16, 2014