If you're worried about your blood sugar, it's important to make sure you're eating snacks that are both healthy and satisfying. As we age, changes in metabolism, side effects from medication and chronic health conditions make it difficult to manage blood sugar levels.And since we know it can be tough to find satisfying snacks that won’t make your blood sugar skyrocket… Here are five unique snacks that are great for controlling blood sugar:
1. Cucumber slices with hummus.
Cucumbers are a low-calorie, low-carb snack that is also a good source of fiber. Hummus is a healthy fat that can help to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Add in just a small serving of crackers, olives, tomatoes, or other veggies you have on hand and you’ve got a flavorful snack plate ready!
2. Air-popped popcorn.
Popcorn is a whole grain that is a good source of fiber. It is also a low-calorie snack that can help to keep you feeling full. Be sure to air-pop your popcorn instead of microwaving it, as this will help to reduce the amount of unhealthy fats you might add. Try seasoning your popcorn with an Italian or garlic lover’s blend of spices for flavor and fun!
3. Greek yogurt with berries.
Greek yogurt is a high-protein snack that can help to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Berries are a naturally sweetened prime source of fiber and antioxidants. Just be sure you’re buying unsweetened yogurt – and if you do reach for an added sweetener, consider low-glycemic options such as stevia, honey, or date sugar.
4. Hard-boiled eggs.
Hard-boiled eggs are a high-protein snack that is also a good source of healthy fats. They are a great option for on-the-go snacks. You can leave them hard-boiled and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, or try your hand at making deviled eggs for a fun snack break or party dish.
5. Oatmeal with berries.
Oatmeal is a whole grain that is a good source of fiber. Berries are a good source of fiber and antioxidants and add natural sweetness. Oatmeal with berries is a filling and nutritious snack that can help to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
These are just a few of the many unique snacks that are great for blood sugar control. We hope this gives you some new foods to try this week! If you're looking for more ideas, be sure to talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.