Did you leave your beautiful and tasty food owing to the fact that you have diabetes? If you did, you absolutely need some ‘sweetener’. Not the title of the latest Ariana Grande’s album, but a low-sugar snack to fulfill a sweet treat.
There is a lot of low sugar snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, to replace junk food, to promote weight loss, and to fulfill your frozen treats. Here is the beginner’s guide for your new success stories.
Popcorn is one of the most mainstream salty snacks besides onion rings and tortilla chips. It has a low density of calorie. If you serve 8 grams of air-popped popcorn, you will only consume 31 calories. No need to worry about your blood sugar!
2. Dark Chocolate
Looking for a sweet snack with the cocoa powder domination? Dark chocolate can fulfill your need for low sugar snacking hobby.
The composition of dark chocolate includes more Cacao than added sugar. You can go to the grocery store and find some brands that contain 70% cacao. The large domination of cocoa powder and less sugar per serving make this kind of chocolate has an incredible healthier than milk chocolate.
3. SuperSeedz Maple Sugar and Sea Salt
You have probably heard that Rhythm Superfoods provides healthy package snacks. You should know that we also have SuperSeedz.
This packaged snack of pumpkin seeds contains only 3 grams of sugar per ¼ cup of serving, which equals to less than a teaspoon. Not only that, 7 grams of protein from the plant are included if you consume a quarter cup portion. The taste of these pumpkin seeds is on another level.
4. Roasted Edamame
Edamame contains a lot of nutritious composition – calcium, iron, vitamin, mineral, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, potassium, mineral, and riboflavin. Vitamin C, E, and B6 are powerful enough to slap your skeptical mind when you see edamame for the first time. It has low fat and sugar. Furthermore, if you serve one-quarter of edamame, you will consume 8 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein, and only 130 grams of calories.
5. Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurts are probably one of the most tasteful healthy snacks in this list. Its creamy texture makes this yogurt a replacement of the unhealthy ice creams. It has more protein than the regular yogurt. It also packs nutrition such as probiotic, calcium, antioxidant, and fiber.
Although it is a Greek yogurt, you cannot deny the fact that it is still a plain yogurt. What are the perfect toppings for plain yogurt? Berries! Since berries and cream are the perfect match, this is a must-try for your sweet tooth.
The berries have an incredible list of benefit. Blueberry contains less sugar than most berries. In fact, the most handful nutrition of berry is Manganese. It helps with the regulation of blood sugar. It has the power to heal your skin and to maintain the health of your bone. Last but not least, it’s no secret that yogurt promotes weight loss.
6. Granola Balls
You’ve probably heard a lot about snack bars. For instance, protein Granola Balls are the perfect solution to be added to your list of bite-size snack options. These balls are a combination of incredible ingredients – such as dried fruits, puffed rice, puffed millets, sesame seeds, and honey. Besides, Granola packs the combination of protein, low carb, and healthy fat. To make this snack, simply mix the ingredients, get the mixture chilled, roll it, and then coat it with unsweetened shredded coconut or a coconut cream. This creative creation has 86 calories, one gram of fiber, and calcium.
In the world full of snack bars, be the snack balls.
7. Apple and Peanut Butter
Apple provides several beneficial nutrients, including fiber, vitamin, mineral, protein, and healthy fat. Try to add nut butter – It provides protein and fat that will keep you away from hunger. Moreover, you can replace the peanut butter with almond butter.
8. Kale Chips with Cheese
This combination is a great snack with an easy way to serve. There are few things you need to do – tear kale leaves and arrange on a baking sheets, and then spritz it with olive oil. Next, bake it inside a 350°F oven until it crisps. The best part is sprinkling the kale leaves with a grated parmesan cheese.
9. Hard-boiled Egg
For you who like to serve devilled eggs at the party, there is no strange relationship between you and hard-boiled egg. A hard-boiled egg could be the most practical snack idea I’ve put on the list. You can have diabetes, hike a mountain, and still have a hard-boiled egg inside your backpack. Hard-boiled eggs contain vitamins and nutrients who’s able to keep your bones strong, your eyes sharp, and your heart healthy. Also, a large egg will energize you with 6 grams of protein.
Raisin is one of the most timeless dried fruits as the toppings of Greek yogurts. Raisin is rich in fiber and sugar. No added sugar inside, so the natural sweetness is guaranteed. Make your sweet tooth excited for snacking!
Besides peanut butter, nuts will also energize you longer with its healthy fats and protein. Another example, in a ¼ cup for shelled pistachio, there are only 160 calories! 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 310 milligrams of potassium are also included.
12. Watermelon and Feta Cheese
This diced watermelon and feta cheese contain vitamins (including vitamin C), minerals, protein, and the antioxidant lycopene. Additionally, this snack gives you sweet and salty sensation.
How can’t you love pickles as your healthy snack? Saturated and brined in vinegar, the flavor of a cucumber becomes so much better. The amount of calories this snack has is quite fascinating – only 16 calories! How about the vinegar? Well, it only adds one calorie per teaspoon.
You might have known that olive oil is one of the most miraculous oils. Not only the oil, but the fruit is a miracle for everyone.
Olive and its oil contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. It can help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Isn’t that awesome? It doesn’t stop there, olive also contains various phytonutrients. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
15. Mini Babybel Cheese
Maybe chocolate is everyone’s best friend, but cream cheese is everybody’s sweetheart. Mini Babybel Cheese is a smooth and creamy snack with amazing nutrition inside. One serving gives four grams of protein and 15 percent of daily calcium only for 70 calories! All hail the holy heavenly cream cheese!
Besides kale chips, another salty snack is roasted chickpeas. Roasted chickpeas are a great salty snack, especially if you want to experiment with seasoning. The flavor is similar to a taste of the unhealthy commercial snacks on the shelves of a grocery store, but this one is so much healthier! One serving of chickpeas equals to 120 calories with 5 grams of fiber and protein.
Avocado is truly beneficial for your blood sugar level. In addition, its has monounsaturated fatty acids and is incredibly high in fiber. Those factors are what made Avocado a Diabetes-friendly snack.
People with type 2 Diabetes are suggested to consume meals with fatty acids inside as it helps them controlling their blood sugar level. However, Avocado is quite high in calories. The best serving size would be ¼ to ½.
18. Tuna Salad with Feta
Although watermelon and feta cheese are a great couple, tuna salad is like the third person in their love triangle.
To make a tuna salad with feta cheese, you will need 3 ounces of canned tuna, ½ cup of chickpeas, ½ cup of chopped bell pepper, 3 tablespoons of feta cheese, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar.
19. Creamy Blueberry-Almond Smoothie
A creamy blueberry almond smoothie can be a substitute for the forbidden diabetic ice creams. To serve it is easy; just blend 1 ½ cups of fortified milk, ½ cup of fortified orange juice, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, ½ cup of frozen blueberries, ½ banana, and ½ cup of crushed ice. One of the best healthy frozen treats!
20. Lemony Quinoa-Apricot Muffins
Need other than chocolate chips biscuits and egg muffins to satisfy your sweet tooth? Lemony quinoa-apricot is the answer for your healthy meal plan.
First, heat your oven to 350°F. Then, whisk 96 grams of 1% milk, 3 tablespoons expeller pressed canola oil, 1 egg, zest of 1 lemon, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a large bowl. Prepare a separate bowl, whisk 224 grams of flour, 134 grams of sugar, 1 and ½ teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Next, stir into wet ingredients. After that, fold in 1 cup cooked quinoa and 1/3 chopped dried apricot, divide in a lined muffin pan, and bake it for 30 minutes. Finally, your sweet tooth is ready for the satisfaction!
21. Quinn Just Sea Salt & Organic Popcorn
The huge fan of sea salt must be so grateful while reading this.
This snack packs just organic popcorn and sea salt! The popcorn provides antioxidant. One serving will give you 12% of your daily fiber need. It has 80 calories!
Some 'lil Advices:
You might think that being experimental with tasty snacks is forbidden for diabetes.
If you dare to touch them, your health will be damaged.
Fragile health condition is not something you should be worried about. In fact, you should learn from it. Find something to stop you from complaining.
In a positive way, weakness such as diabetes encourages you to live your life in a better way – replace your junk food with healthy snacks, set your carb counting plan, seek some beginner’s guide of sweet snack, write your own success stories of sugar snacking, lose weight and be happy!