High fiber snacks for diabetics

Author: Preeti DesaiPosted on 21-06-2014
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People with diabetes benefit by increasing dietary fiber in their daily diet as it not only helps mainatin blood sugar levels but helps lower cholesterol levels thus reducing risk of heart disease.

Though it is important to increase Fiber intake gradually.

Soluble fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar

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Soluble fiber helps improve blood sugar levels and insoluble fiber helps reducing risk of heart disease.

Try and keep your snacks to 150 calories or less.

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With snacking one can easily go overboard so it is important to limit yourself to 150 calories per snack.

A handful of nuts

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Walnuts, peanuts, almonds and cashews contain the healthy monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Nuts are rich in protein and good fat, so nuts won’t raise blood sugar as much as other ready to eat snacks.

Whole grain crackers with low fat cream cheese

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Eat whole grain crackers with low fat cream cheese as the protein content and fiber content helps control sugar levels.

Snack on veggies or fruits.

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Opt for grapes tomatoes, carrots, red and green peppers, cucumbers, broccoli crowns, and cauliflower either plain or with low fat dip.

Bean salsa and whole grain crackers

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Salsa made at home is packed with vitamins fiber and is low in fat makes a healthy snack with whole grain crackers.

A cup of vegetable soup

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Use non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, onion, celery, green beans) to make a filling low calorie soup.

Blend a fruit smoothie.

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Blend half a banana with low fat yogurt to make a protein and fiber rich smoothie that energizes you as well as doesn’t spike your sugar levels.

20 Grapes a healthy snack for individuals with diabetes

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A handful of grapes will refresh you and provide energy worth 100 calories

Eat a medium apple with its skin, a healthy snack for individuals with diabetes

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A medium apple with skin contains about 3 grams of fiber; Apple skin contains healthy soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and antioxidants that fight free radicals and lower the risk of diabetes complications.

A small wedge of low fat cheese

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A small wedge of cheese will provide you with 80 calories of energy plus sugar steadying protein.

Sweet bell peppers (yellow, orange or red) salad

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Sweet bell peppers (yellow, orange or red) salad with light vinaigrette dressing and a tablespoon of feta cheese makes a delicious high fiber rich in antioxidants snack.

Blueberries low fat cottage cheese

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Blueberries and a ½ cup of low fat cottage cheese make an energetic snack. Cottage cheese provides protein and blueberries provide high antioxidant and rich fiber snack.

Carrot sticks with hummus

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Snap peas or Carrot sticks with hummus dip is a high fiber, protein and vitamins snack.


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