Thanks for joining me with this next article as I wanted to share some information on the importance of snacking if you have been diagnosed with Diabetes. We all know that, one of life’s most simplest pleasures is to enjoy a great meal with family and friends. This does not mean that anyone with Diabetes can not experience and continue to experience this joy. It just means that you will have to plan a little more carefully. Who knows you may even lose a few unwanted pounds.

It is refreshing to note that medical researchers have come a long way in helping people to regulate their blood sugar levels. With this knowledge and newer forms of insulin, people are able to monitor and control their blood sugar levels easier. The key though is to eat at least three meals a day with a few snacks.

With snacks, I mean SMART snacks. If you are able to eat a few snacks during the day, it will help to control the amount of carbohydrates you are taking in. This can be beneficial to keep your blood sugar levels from spiking or even getting to low.

A SMART snack may be in the mid-morning. If you steal 10 grams of carbohydrates from your breakfast and add it to your mid-morning snack, it may help you to not crash before lunch. A snack that has about 100 to 200 calories in the morning or afternoon, may be just what you need to be able to reach your main meal time. It could also help with eating too much at meal time and you may even lose a bit of weight. But a word of caution, try to avoid eating all day long or grazing, this could lead to added weight gain. Most important, is to stop eating at least two hours before bed, but be sure to check with your doctor as having low evening blood sugar may be a problem also.

I want to share with you some suggestions for SMART snacks (items such as Splenda and Cinnamon will be your new friend):

Mid-Morning Snacks:

– Yogurt with nuts and fruit

– A cup of herbal spiced tea with one cup plain soy milk with cinnamon, and 1/3 ounce of unsalted cashews

– Smoothie

– Boiled egg

Afternoon Snacks:

– Mash 1/4 cup avocado with olive oil and spread onto celery stalks

– Cherry tomatoes and walnut halves

– Shredded spinach with olive oil, vinegar and pine nuts

Evening Snacks:

– High protein bars

– Low fat, no salt added, air popped popcorn

– Tuna or Cheese on crackers

The choices are endless. Of course you should check with your healthcare professional or dietician to decide on which snacks that you should incorporate into your eating plan each day.

Enjoy and have fun with the RIGHT choices!

Take care and stay healthy

Jane Brown

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