Easy and tasty snacks for type 2 diabetics

Best Low-Carb Snacks for Diabetics

To snack or not to snack that is the question. At the beginning of your journey to the low-carb lifestyle you will feel cravings and hunger. Low-carb snacks are an essential part of your diabetes management.

Snacks are a perfect way to feel satisfied and keep your energy and sugar levels stable. One of the first things you’ll notice when you are reducing the carbohydrates in your diet is just how many carbs hide in snacks.

Even so called healthy snacks can have huge amounts of carbs hiding inside. Health bars are a good example of this, they often have no-added sugar but what they don’t tell you is all the natural fruit sugar they contain. Your body doesn’t differentiate where the sugar came from it will just send your sugars high and you’ll wonder why.

Preparation is the key. When you are hungry and cupboard surfing looking for something to eat it’s too late. Having snacks ready and waiting is the key.

Here’s the good bit – a lot of the foods you’ve been told to avoid over the years are perfect snacks. Full-fat cream cheese wrapped in slices of ham, blocks of cheese, nuts, eggs, cream are all back on the menu.

The less processed the food the higher the nutrient levels for you. Yes, most of the snacks on the list to follow are high in fat. This is key to your health and waistline.

Eating fat doesn’t make you fat Eating carbs that the body stores as fat does.

Here are some easy low-carb snacks that you might have lurking in your fridge already.

  1. Avocados: They are a nutritious and filling snack. You can even go 70’s and fill it with prawn mayonnaise. Also lovely with just a sprinkle of pepper salt.
  2. Nuts: People that ate 1/2 cup of nuts per day are healthier (and thinner) than people who don’t. Remember that cashews and peanuts are actually legumes and are higher in carbs than tree nuts.
  3. Cold cuts of meat: Think italian antipasto and you are on the right track. Salami, chorizo, ham, cold chicken are all perfect snacks and will keep blood sugars down too.
  4. Eggs: The perfect allrounder. Keep a few hard boiled eggs in the fridge so you are always snack ready. You can also make egg mayonnaise wrapped in baby gem lettuce leaves.
  5. Olives: Tasty and perfect finger food. Add it to your antipasto platter and enjoy.
  6. Dark Chocolate: Go for the high cocoa content chocolate. At least 85% cocoa solids will make sure you’re getting all the health benefits. You can nibble on a couple of squares or melt it in a mug of creamy milk and enjoy as a hot chocolate.

Snacks to Make Ahead of Time

Here are some fast recipes that are perfect for snacks and work when entertaining too.

  1. Low Carb Snack Tray
  2. Avocado Tuna Salad
  3. Baked Kale Chips
  4. Cauliflower Popcorn
  5. Low Carb Beef Jerky
  6. Scotch Eggs
  7. Mini Quiches
  8. Wheat Free Crackers
  9. Spicy Cheddar Crisps
  10. Sausage Balls

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