Follow your body's hunger and
fullness signals. Smart snacking can help you keep your blood sugar levels
stable, especially if you are taking medicine for diabetes.
Try these tips:
Enjoy eating the right portion. Try using a smaller plate, bowl, or glass while you slowly eat your snack.
Make healthy choices.
Eat a piece of fresh fruit. Or combine that fruit with some protein, such as a
small apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Or try dipping your fruit in
some light yogurt.
Be prepared. Keep cut-up
raw vegetables in your refrigerator. If these are ready to eat, you're more
likely to grab them than something else. Try a low-fat dip on the side.
Eat nuts. Try a small handful of almonds,
walnuts, or pecans. These treats each have less than 15 grams of
Choose filling foods that can
satisfy your hunger without a lot of calories. Try a hard-boiled egg or an
ounce of reduced-fat cheese, such as string cheese.
Skip high-fat dips. Instead, mix plain yogurt, fat-free
mayonnaise, cottage cheese, or fat-free sour cream with a small amount of dry
soup mix. Or try a bean dip made with fat-free refried beans, topped with
Get more fiber. Put that turkey
sandwich on whole wheat bread. Mix wheat germ into yogurt or sprinkle it on
salads. Choose whole-grain breads and cereals.
Try something new. Make a pita pizza with a piece of whole wheat pita bread,
tomato sauce, and a sprinkling of reduced-fat cheese. Top with sliced zucchini
or mushrooms. Bake until cheese is melted. Enjoy!
Don't eat out of the bag or box. Take a single serving, and eat from a plate or bowl. It's easy to
eat more than you need or want when the bag is open in front of
Don't buy snacks that aren't healthy choices. If unhealthy snacks aren't around, you won't eat them.
Keep an eye on the nutrition facts label, especially in low-fat or fat-free foods. To make up for flavor, sugar and salt is often added when fat is taken out.
Other Places To Get Help
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eat Right (U.S.)
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator