Whether you or someone you know may be suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes monitoring what you eat all day can get old. When it comes to both types of diabetes staying physically active along with healthy eating can assist you in living a normal life. This isn’t including taking the needed medication or insulin that one must take to control blood sugar levels; however healthy eating and exercise has its benefits. Now don’t get a head of me because when one mentions “healthy snacks” you may already be envisioning a life of munching on tasteless celery sticks; but that isn’t the case! I’m going to give you a few healthy snacks that are easy to make and enjoyable to eat!
Love Banana Bread?
Banana bread is a classic comfort food. Great for a quick breakfast or little snack and pairs beautifully with a nice cup of coffee. Have a little time on your hands to make something tasty? here is a way to make your very own delicious diabetic banana bread!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed bananas (2 to 3 medium)
- ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened lite coconut milk
- ¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product or 1 egg beaten lightly
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- ¼ cup chopped macadamia nuts or sliced almonds
- ¼ cup raw chip coconut or shredded coconut
- First you will need to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the bottom and ½ inch up the sides your loaf pan. You should use a pan that is 8x4x2 inches.
- Once you are preheating the oven it’s time to mix together your ingredients. In a large bowl, you will stir together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, you will combine mashed bananas, brown sugar, coconut milk, eggs, and oil. You will add this banana mixture all at once to your flour mixture. Stir just until it is mixed well.
The batter will be lumpy. Spoon batter into your loaf pan and sprinkle with your macadamia or almonds.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the middle and have it come out clean. To avoid over browning you should cover the loaf loosely with foil for the last 20 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 mins. Remove from pan, then cool completely, once cooled wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 12 (1 slice each) servings.
Provolone and Turkey Roll-ups
Need a diabetic snack that’s a little quicker than the banana bread? Turkey roll-ups are perfect.
- 8 slices Provolone cheese
- 8 slices of turkey deli meat (look for low-sodium)
- 2 cups of grapes (as a side, however you can pick a different fruit)
- Grab a plate and place one slice of provolone cheese on it.
- Place one slice of turkey on top of the provolone and roll it into a wrap.
- Repeat for as many roll-ups as desired.
- Serve with a side of grapes or a fruit of your choice to complete the snack.
Don’t eat veggies plain! Add some dip
A great diabetic snack is veggies and dip. Black bean salad dip is high in fiber and protein. This will fill you up while simultaneously help you stabilize your blood sugar. The veggies you eat with this will be a good source of nutrients and fiber as well!
- 1 can of black beans (15 ounces-low sodium)
- ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes
- ½ cup chopped cucumber or celery
- ½ cup chopped green-bell pepper
- ¼ cup peeled, cubed avocado
- 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove minced fresh garlic (or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Desired amount of fresh ground black pepper for taste
- Take the can of black beans and rinse them under running water, make sure to drain well.
- Mix the rinsed beans in a medium bowl with the rest of your ingredients. Mash as desired for your preferred consistency.
- Grab your favorite veggies and eat them in style!
There are many different healthy snacks to make; and there are always ways to make your favorites diabetic friendly. Eating healthy can get difficult especially when you start to crave things that aren’t exactly “healthy”. Next time you’re dying for something that has a little too much sugar be sure to look for alternate recipes and make your own. Also, be sure to try these quick little diabetic snacks to curb your hunger quick!