Six Go-To Snacks for Diabetes Patients to Keep Handy

July 16, 2015 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

It’s the beginning of a busy day, and you’re facing the same challenge yet again: wondering what you’re going to snack on while you’re out and about during your day. There’s not always time to run to the grocery store in between meetings and more often than not, it’s easier to stop by a drive-thru restaurant or convenience store when you’re on the go, which don’t always offer healthy options. But when you’re trying to keep your blood sugar in control, a little planning can really help your health — and your waistline.
Here are six foods safe for diabetes patients that are great for on-the-go snacks.

1) Tuna Pouches

These pouches are great to grab out of your pantry and easy to bring along with you for a protein-packed, omega-3 rich snack in the perfect portion size. The protein will help to keep you full and there is no added sugar. Mix with fat-free plain yogurt and a dab of dijon mustard for a quick tuna salad!

2) Fresh Berries

Berries are naturally sweet and they’re good for you. The American Diabetes Association recommends berries because they include antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Plus they are low-carb! Three-quarters of a cup of berries can help curb your appetite and keep your blood sugar levels in control. They’re a great option for those with a sweet tooth!

3) Baby Carrots

The American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetes patients eat non-starchy vegetables as often as possible. Carrots are included in that list and they’re easy to take on the go! Most grocery stores carry portioned pouches of baby carrots, making it so easy to pop in your purse, bag or desk drawer to open up when you’re craving something crunchy. Or measure out about a cup of baby carrots in a baggie to take with you. They’re also a great source of Vitamin-A, which promotes eye health.

4) Dried Fruit & Nuts

As long as the mix is all-natural, there are no sweeteners added, and there’s no candy included in the mix, dried fruit and nuts are easily portable and don’t need to be refrigerated. You can buy prepared mixes or you can make your own combination of dried fruits and nuts that you like. If you do this, try to buy the “raw” version of the nut to avoid added salt and any sugary coatings that could be on the nuts in some mixes. Pop some in a baggie and you’re prepared wherever you go!

5) Oranges, Clementines & Tangerines

The introduction of the easy-to-peel clementines and tangerines makes it even easier to throw fruit in your bag when you leave in the morning — no measuring or label checking required! One or two of these can refresh your energy and keep your diet on track.

6) DietIQ Meal Replacement Bars and Shakes

The Diabetes America weight loss program, DietIQ, offers a variety of prepared food and drink options that ensure you have the right combination of nutrients to give you energy without a lot of sugar and unnecessary calories. Plus they contain essential vitamins and minerals and the right combination of carbs and protein! These are very easy to take with you and would be a better choice than most granola bars or drink mixes that use sugar as one of their main ingredients. The meal replacement shakes and bars include flavors like chocolate mint, vanilla pudding, and dark chocolate s’mores.
If you have questions about the right foods to choose to help keep your diabetes in control, visit with a dietitian. The Diabetes America locations offer a certified dietitian to help patients with their meal planning and lifestyle choices. Contact the location nearest you if you’d like to schedule an appointment.


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