3 Snacks Type 2 Diabetics need to keep with them at ALL times!
No blood sugar impact snacks
Most type 2 diabetics struggle with controlling their blood sugar. Since almost all foods seem to raise their blood sugar, they also tend to stress out over what kind of snacks they can eat.
But since they also get hungry, this is a problem. So…what to eat?
Listed below are three different snacks you should have on “your person” at all times. Under most circumstances, they have a zero to minimal impact on your blood sugar, which means you should be able to eat them without worry (at least regarding your blood sugar).
Nuts are high in fat, good fiber, vitamins and minerals. While they vary slightly – from one variety to another – in nutrient content, they are all high in fat, which means they will have minimal impact on your blood sugar. Additionally, the fat, vitamin and mineral content will help keep you full (or sated) until your next meal.
They are pretty hardy and travel well, making them an excellent snack choice for just about anyone, but type 2 diabetics in particular.
Eat them raw (our preference) or roasted. Just don’t eat them loaded with sugar or syrup or covered in chocolate (but you already knew that).
And if you happen to be allergic to nuts, seeds are good too. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds do essentially the same things!
Another snack high in protein and fat – the combination you need to keep your blood sugar from spiking.
Our preference: Buy it from a meat market or butcher shop (or make it yourself) so you know that it has been minimally processed. Another tip: If you buy from the store, check the label and look at the sugar content. Many types of beef jerky sold at the store have a lot of added sugar. Try to keep it below 5 grams of sugar per serving.
Best bet: Sugar free beef jerky.
A Boiled Egg
This is the least hardy of our recommendations but unless you have to leave these snacks in your car and it’s hot outside, you don’t really have to worry about the boiled egg.
Eggs are a great source of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals and an excellent source of protein.
Our recommendation: Always keep a dozen boiled eggs in the refrigerator. They are great snacks at any time!
Stay away from those…
Those little packets of 100 calorie snacks should be avoided by most people, especially type 2 diabetics. They are little more than sugar-spiking food products. It does not matter that they contain only 100 calories. It matters that they consist of some type of flour and sugar, both of which spike your blood sugar. Who thinks it’s better to eat a 100 calorie pack of cookies over one triple-double-stuffed Oreo cookie, which is also 100 calories?
That is insane
These snacks help you better control your blood sugar
While the 100 calorie snack packs are insane, these three snacks are not. Eat them when hungry. Your blood sugar will thank you!
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