A good snack will keep you energized and full until your next meal.
When we say snacks, we usually think of chips or chocolate bars. Instead of putting unhealthy and empty carbs into your body, it’s time to practice self-care by improving your intake of good fats, fibers, and proteins. Start by choosing to buy or prepare and consume snacks which will help keep your blood sugar in check.
Dark leafy greens are among the most powerful veggies. Kale chips are the perfect snack that you can make at home or buy in-store. If you’re buying, check out the labels, since you don’t want the ones with hidden sugars, or any additional flavoring. These can be full of carbohydrates, and our goal is to eat as healthy as possible. Here’s how to make crunchy and tasty kale chips; it only takes 20 minutes:
12 ounces kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 300°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove thick stems from kale and tear leaves into smaller pieces. Wash, then dry in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels.
- Combine kale and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Then, use your hands, and add oil and components into the kale until well coated. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheets.
- Bake for 20 minutes and stir smoothly. Bake for a few minutes more or until completely dry and crisp. Then, store at room temperature up to 24 hours.
Oranges are a “diabetes superfood,” according to the American Diabetes Association. All citrus fruits have fiber, vitamin C, and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Mix oranges or lemons, limes or grapefruit into a fresh salad, add olives, and you’ll feel full of energy, while your blood sugar won’t cause you any problems. It’s a full meal, without any empty calories.
Finding a good, nutrient-rich protein bar is challenging, but it’s not impossible. You can make them yourself or read the labels carefully. Protein bars raise energy levels and have a perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fat with a few simple ingredients like egg whites, nuts, and dates. Carry them with you anywhere you go, just in case your blood sugar decides to act out.
Hard-boiled eggs deliver 6 grams of protein, A, D, and E vitamins. With some olive oil and a pinch of salt, your snack is going to keep you full until the next meal. You can also prepare a quick egg salad with cottage cheese and leafy greens.
Among all nuts, pistachios have the highest protein levels, with 6 grams per serving. This makes them a great go-to snack. The combination of good fats, protein, and fiber can help you feel fuller longer. For this reason, the American Diabetes Association calls nuts like pistachios a diabetes superfood.