Do you believe in the saying, “what you eat is what you are”?
Perhaps this is true most of the time. There’s no denying of
the fact that people enjoy eating to their heart’s (and
stomach’s) desire. But not all people can have a feast on all
sorts of food.
Individuals suffering from diabetes are required to monitor the
food that they eat each day. Food has a big effect on the
condition of a diabetic patient. A certain food may increase or
decrease the amount of sugar and insulin. Since there is a call
for a careful choice of food to be eaten, here are some of the
food that you can consider to have as your snack.
Considered as the “super food” for diabetics, sweet potatoes
help in regulating the blood-sugar level of the body through
lowering insulin resistance. Sweet potatoes are also rich in
fiber that helps in the control of bad cholesterol (LDL). The
simplest way to cook it is boiling it. They can also be fried
as an alternative for French fries, but it is less recommended
because of the fat you can get from the oil you use for frying.
You can also have backed sweet potatoes seasoned with spices,
topped with cheese, or just simply dashed on with a little salt
Green, leafy veggies for your salad
Packed with all the nutrients that you need, your salad can
help you maintain a healthy body. Amino acids are also among
the good things that green veggies have, strengthening the
immune system. Spinach, kale and collards are some of the leafy
vegetables you can munch on. Tossing in eggs, some pieces of
black olives, and tuna meat can even make it more
Green tea and whole-grain cracker
According to EverydayHealth, green tea helps in the metabolic
function of the body. Green tea has polyphenol, which act as
antioxidants that help ward off free radicals that may damage
the cells in your body. It would be a great partner for a piece
or two of a whole-grain cracker.
According to the American Diabetes Association, beans are among
the super foods for diabetic patients. Beans are rich in fiber,
a good source of magnesium and potassium, and gives the amount
of protein that meat can also provide, minus the saturated fat.
Black beans, mixed with avocado mash, tomato slices and any
other choice you want can give you a more enjoyable and healthy
Simply munching on these crunchy snack is satisfying. It is
good addition to your diet because of the many health benefits
it has, like antioxidants that help in detoxifying, and
micro-biotics which aid in your proper digestion.
Fruit salad or mixed fruits
A selection of fruits can give a lot of benefits to a diabetic.
Peaches provide potassium; apples not only are rich in
vitamins, they also have high level of antioxidant, especially
their leathery skin; pears are good source of vitamin K;
apricots are rich in fiber and other essential vitamins; tart
cherries are good source of fiber and packed with anti-oxidant;
kiwi fruit, like the rest of the fruits mentioned, is low on
carbs. Blue berries may improve the insulin sensitivity in
diabetic patients. They help the body to process glucose for
more efficiently. Drizzling them with honey adds to
the sweetness that you are craving for.
Vegetable and fruit puree
Blended selection of fruits and vegetables have been a fad in
dieting, especially for those who are into some health
conditions such as diabetes. Slices of carrots, bananas, celery
and apple can make of a refreshing and healthy drink.
Oats and nuts meal
Aside from they are enjoyable to eat as a snack, nuts are good
source of protein and some of them may also contain omega-3
fatty acids. Mix with fiber-rich oats, a little amount of
low-fat or non-fat milk, and a choice of blueberries or
raspberry can give it a boost of vitamins.
A person can actually experiment snacks on his own, depending
on his preferences of food and what he can afford to eat. This
is a healthier and cheaper way of eating snack. Instead of
buying from the store readily prepared snacks, learn to
“mix-and-match” available food at home.
One’s cravings for food that he should avoid can still be
satisfied through the healthy and more suitable snacks for a
diabetic. Be more willing to break bad habits and stay focused
on food that will make your condition better. If you want to
stay healthy, eat healthy!