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In today’s society, we are always on the go. Reaching for “healthy” snacks may not always be the best option when they are packaged and processed. Oftentimes, they contain hidden sugars and unhealthy fats such as vegetable oils. That’s why we’ve compiled 33 great “whole food” snack ideas for someone with diabetes or for anyone who wants to eat healthily and improve their snack options!

Why Healthy Snacking is So Important

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Recent studies show that almost half of all American adults are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. It’s obvious that there is a fundamental problem with the average American diet. 

If your body is burning glucose as its primary fuel, blood sugar is regularly elevated and this, in turn, promotes insulin resistance. By the same token, foods that have a high glycemic index (such as white bread and pasta, crackers, sugary cereals) will dramatically spike your blood sugar levels, only to have them crash not long afterward, leading to cravings in the short term and insulin resistance in the long term. 

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Thankfully, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes can be tempered through nutrition and exercise. This includes a diet high in fiber, healthy fats and protein, and limited amounts of carbohydrates, processed, and sugary foods.

33 Healthy Snack Ideas for Diabetics

If you’re looking for something to snack on, make sure it’s the right choice! These great snack ideas are tasty options you can feel good about:

  1. Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
  2. Avocado Matcha Smoothie
  3. Avocado Topped with Bacon and Eggs
  4. Baba Ghanoush
  5. Baked Broccoli Tots – Substitute with gluten free bread crumbs to help lower the carbs.
  6. Berry Freezer Pops
  7. Breakfast Kale Egg Cups
  8. Broccoli and Cheese Dip (you can easily swap for vegan cheese)
  9. Buffalo Spiced Nuts
  10. Carrot Sticks and Hummus
  11. Celery with Nut Butter
  12. Chia Seed Pudding
  13. Fenugreek and Onion Flatbread
  14. Hard Boiled Eggs
  15. Italian Sub Roll-Ups
  16. Low Carb Cheese and Bacon Egg Muffins
  17. Mini Southwestern Style Frittatas
  18. Mixed Bean Salad
  19. Mixed nuts – almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.
  20. Olives
  21. Paleo Broccoli “Cheese” Snacks
  22. Paleo Tuna Salad Nori Wraps
  23. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
  24. Pumpkin Spice Granola – Go easy on any extra maple syrup.
  25. Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas
  26. Salmon – grilled or smoked on top of a cucumber with hummus
  27. Salmon – grilled or smoked on top of an avocado with scrambled eggs
  28. Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips
  29. Sunflower Seeds
  30. Sweet Potato Toast
  31. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
  32. Tuna on Tomato Slices – go easy on the cheese for this tuna melt recipe!
  33. Veggies and Guacamole

When you’re armed with so many snack options, you’ll be much better prepared to fight the temptation of sugary foods or processed snacks that only make managing your blood sugar levels difficult.

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For more tips for controlling blood sugar or diabetes, check out these articles:

Sources:

Spritzler, RD CDE, Franziska. “The 16 Best Foods To Control Diabetes”. Authority Nutrition. N.p., 2016. Web. https://authoritynutrition.com/16-best-foods-for-diabetics/

Mercola, MD, Joseph. “9 Superfoods For Diabetics That You Can Add To Your Diet”. Mercola.com. N.p., 2016. Web. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/29/9-superfoods-for-diabetics.aspx

“Top 15 High-Fiber Foods”. JJ Virgin. Web. http://jjvirgin.com/top-15-high-fiber-foods/

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Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP, is a #1 Amazon.com best selling author and health entrepreneur. She is the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC and runs the health and wellness website pinkfortitude.com .
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