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Looking for some of the best snacks for diabetics? Then you are in the right place. Halt and read till the end.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that is spreading worldwide very fast. In this condition, your blood sugar levels spike up creating different health complications. Lifestyle changes and diet play an important role to regularize your blood sugar levels. Choosing healthy food becomes a challenging task for most of us. But, what if we tell you that –
Healthy Food = Delicious Food
Would you believe it?
We say, “Yes this is possible”.
They key is to opt for snacks that are rich in proteins, fiber, and healthy fats. Foods having a low glycemic index also keeps your sugar levels in check. Your diet plan must eliminate recipes with refined sugar and unhealthy carbs.
Let’s scroll down to see some lip-smacking homemade snacks for diabetics. We bet you’ll love them. So what are you waiting for?
Best Snacks For Diabetics
Roasted Eggplant Rolls
Eggplants belong to the nightshade plant family and are have many health benefits. Here is an amazing snack idea using eggplants for diabetic people. Eggplant rolls look very delectable and pretty on the serving plate. It’s a lovely Italian dish paired with pasta sauce.
- 2 medium eggplants
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
- 4 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese
- 1 green onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 sun-dried tomatoes minced
- 16 fresh stemmed spinach leaves
- 1 cup meatless pasta sauce
- dried oregano
- black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 o
- Trim ends from eggplants and cut them lengthwise into slices (medium thickness). Arrange these layers on the baking tray.
- Brush a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice over the eggplant slices. Now bake for 25 minutes or till slices turn golden brown in color, turning once.
- In another bowl, mix together sour cream, cream cheese, tomatoes, green onion, garlic, pepper, and oregano till they blend well.
- Spread out 1 teaspoon of this mixture over each roasted eggplant slice. Arrange spinach leaf on top and roll up the slices and secure with a toothpick.
- Serve the rolls, seam side down with warmed pasta sauce.
Fruit Energy Balls
All of us crave for sweets and desserts, but diabetics cannot feast on these snacks every time. Loaded with high amounts of sugar and fats these foods are a big no for people suffering from diabetes. Try making this diabetic appropriate, no-bake, no-sugar energy ball recipe instead. You can make big batches for moments when hunger strikes.
- 1 cup dried figs, chopped almonds and dried apricots each
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Combine figs, almonds, and apricots in a mixer and grind them until properly blended and chopped finely.
- Roll the mixture into small energy balls and cover them in shredded coconut strands.
- You can cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or you can even freeze for 3 months.
Sweet Potato Toast
If you’re looking for gluten-free best snacks for diabetics then try this out. Sweet potato toast is a comforting and healthy snack idea that avoids bread. Top it up with your favorite toppings and munch whenever hungry.
- 1 large sweet potato
- Hummus and sliced cucumbers
- Fried egg with kosher salt and black pepper seasoning
- Almond butter with banana slices
- Tomato sauce and cheese
- Tahini and cinnamon
- Ricotta and honey
- Dijon mustard with smoked salmon, black pepper, and parsley
These are just a few ideas you can choose any toppings you desire.
- Preheat the oven at 400ºF and arrange a baking tray with parchment paper lining.
- Cut the sweet potato into thick slices and arrange in single layer on baking tray.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the slices are tender and golden brown in color.
- Serve warm with your choice of toppings.
Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes
Quinoa is a healthy grain that can make perfect sweet snacks for diabetics. Roasted quinoa and strawberry pancakes will change your perception of healthy foods. They are too yummy to ignore and make a complete breakfast meal.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 egg (slightly beaten)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 tsp orange essence
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon castor sugar
- Strawberries (to garnish)
- Dry roast the quinoa and set aside to cool. Rinse it nicely in water to remove the soapiness of the grains.
- Dip the grain in milk and add 1 1/2 tablespoon castor sugar and blend it into a smooth batter.
- Add orange essence and baking powder to this mixture and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Now add slightly beaten egg to this batter.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan, drizzle some olive oil and pour this mixture. Flip to the other side once it turns golden brown at the bottom.
- Make 3-4 pancakes and arrange them on the serving plate. Cut some strawberries into halves and place them in between the layers of pancakes.
- Drizzle maple syrup and enjoy your snack!
Greek-Style Lentil & Barley Salad
Salads are the most delicious and best snacks for diabetics. They are versatile and one can choose any ingredients available at home to prepare filling diabetic snacks before bed.
- 1/2 cup small lentils
- 1/2 cup pearl or pot barley
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
- 2 large garlic cloves, sliced
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
- 2 tablespoon capers
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
- 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Cook barley and lentils in a saucepan of boiling water until both are tender. Drain and set aside to cool completely. Note that both these grains can be cooked and refrigerated up to 3 days prior to making the salad.
- Take a large bowl, toss lentil, barley, tomatoes, feta, green onion, garlic cloves, and capers together.
- In another bowl prepare the dressing. Whisk together olive oil together with lime juice, red wine vinegar, Greek seasoning, and minced garlic.
- Combine the salad and dressing and mix well.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until required.
Hope these delicious homemade snacks for diabetics must have taken your interest. Do try a few of this next time you have hunger pangs.
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