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Monday, May 2, 2016

10 Healthy Snacks for People with Diabetes

Here are 10 healthy snacks for people with diabetes.

The result of a poor and unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and long working hours have become increasingly worrisome. And diabetes happens to be the most dangerous of them all, plaguing millions across the world. It not only puts people at the risk of obesity, heart disease and a stroke, but also triggers an extreme lifestyle change.

Diabetes is commonly known as the silent killer and in many cases is diagnosed accidentally. This makes it extremely important that we are aware of the symptoms which can help in an early diagnosis and possible recovery.

If you're suffering from diabetes, then it's extremely important to keep a strict watch on your diet. You should eat small and healthy meals through the day in order to keep your blood-sugar levels in check and be sure to not include processed or high fattening food. Instead, find foods that perfectly combine protein, carbohydrates and fats.

If you're confused about what to eat or have run out of ideas, then here's a list of 10 super healthy and delicious snacks:

1. Whole grain crackers - Crackers made of cracked wheat, quinoa, rye, oats are healthy as these grains help in lowering blood-glucose levels and cholesterol levels. You can eat crackers with hung curd dressings or cottage cheese to enhance the nutritional value of the snack. It also gives it a more delicious spin. (Recipe by Chef Seema Chandra)

2. Fruits for snacks - Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. So feel free to eat as many as you can. But be sure to select fruits that are relatively low on sugar - like apple, berries and guava.
3. Steamed sprouts salad - Pulses are high in protein and fiber and help in controlling blood sugar levels. Mix steamed sprouts with chopped cucumber, tomatoes and cottage cheese. Sprinkle some salt and add 1tsp lemon juice. You can also use boiled beans or kala chana.

4. Yogurt with fresh vegetables - Raw vegetables are rich in minerals, vitamins and enzymes and yogurt is rich in protein and calcium. Combine vegetables like broccoli, carrot, celery and tomatoes with yogurt - it's not only delicious, but will also keep you full.

5. Nuts - Nuts are not only crunchy, tasty and nutritious, but also extremely good for diabetic patients. Nuts provide healthy fats, are rich in proteins and very low on carbohydrates. But be sure to not indulge and take these nuts in restricted quantities. Take 5-6 soaked almonds and 1-2 walnuts a day.

6. Healthy smoothie - Blend yourself some easy-to-make healthy fruits and vegetables smoothies. Pick vegetables like spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, amla and mix it with some light and refreshing coconut water in it.

7. Healthy snacks - Feel free to munch on roasted chana, roasted soy chips or roasted moong dal.

8. Eggs - Egg whites are rich in protein, are very nutritious and can be safely included in a diabetic patient's diet plan. It can be used as a quick snack and can be eaten at anytime of the day.
9. Oat idli or oats upma, home-made dhokla and khakhra are not only light on the stomach, but also make very interesting snack options. (Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta)

10. Some unusual, yet mind-closing options include brown rice poha with vegetables, baked vegetable tikki, ragi uttapam and buckwheat dhokla.


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