Blood sugar-controlling snacks – that seems to be as big of an oxymoron as “life after death” or “compassionate conservative.” But unlike these other misleading, confusing phrases, snacks to help control your blood sugar actually exist.
A lot of people do not put much emphasis on controlling their blood sugar. They assume that blood sugar is only a concern if you are diabetic and that everything else is only worrisome if it is packed with fat, calories or cholesterol. However, proper blood sugar levels are very important to your overall health.
High blood sugar levels, hyperglycemia, can lead to a laundry list of complications if left untreated. Of course, diabetes is the big issue here, and heart disease is also a concern, but even without those major players you still have other ailments to contend with if you do not keep your glucose levels in check.
Increased glucose levels can lead to:
- Excessive hunger
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination (which leads to dehydration
- Blurred vision
- Nerve damage
- Kidney failure
- Weak immune system
There are a lot of issues associated with high blood sugar levels. And having low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, is no picnic either.
It is important to control your glucose levels, and you can actually do that with some healthy snacking. Put the junk food away. Don’t take another sip of that soda! We will go over some healthy snacks you can enjoy that will help you control your blood sugar levels.
Eight Glucose-Controlling Snacks
The theme here you will notice is healthy. These snacks are great for glucose levels but also for almost any diet out there and for any healthy and active lifestyle. They’re packed with fiber, healthy fats and will provide a solid punch of natural energy.
Walnuts are loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They are very filling and slow to digest, meaning snacking on a handful of these nuts will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Walnuts also help to improve endothelial (cells lining your artery walls) function in individuals with diabetes and can help to control insulin levels.
Hummus is a healthy snack because of the legume (chickpea) used in making it. The fiber within legumes is thought to be extremely healthy for your blood sugar levels, and the low fat content of chickpeas, lentils and other legumes will go a long way to helping you shed a few pounds as an added bonus.
3: Whole-Grain Crackers
A recurring them here, whole-grain crackers are a healthy, glucose-lowering snack due to the fiber contained within. Topping these crackers off with some peanut butter, low-fat cheese, or even some of that hummus is a great snack.
4: Sweet Potatoes
Now, you do not want to add sugar and cream and gobble down a sweet potato pie. That defeats the purpose. But slicing them and baking them, steaming and mashing them, or baking them whole and eating with a pinch of salt can help to lower insulin levels. Even though they have “sweet” in their name, sweet potatoes are actually lower on the glycemic index than other potatoes.
Avocados are certainly tasty, but they’re also high in good fats, very low in sugar, and high in fiber. Drizzle with some olive oil, vinegar, or eat them plain – it’s up to you. But if you want a healthy snack, you can’t go wrong with an avocado.
Stop in any grocery store from California to Caracas and you will find dozens of types of yogurt. Packing a hefty punch of vitamin D and calcium, a low-sugar/no-sugar yogurt can help lower your glucose levels.
7: Apples and Pears
Okay, so this is two snacks, but that’s fine with most of you, I’m sure. Pears and apples are fruits, obviously, tasting completely different but completely delicious. They’re low in calories and actually lower in sugar than you may think. And with the high fiber content, they will help to control glucose levels.
Popcorn is cheap, very easy to make, and is among one of the healthiest snacks on the planet. Just remember not to load it down in butter, salt or caramel. The whole-grain fiber in popcorn and its antioxidants make it an all-around healthy snack for you.
As you have probably noticed already, glucose-controlling snacks are void of saturated fats, void of corn syrups and high sugar content, and are packed with fiber and good fats. By using these principles when snacking, you can find another 80 snacks to go along with these 8 and always keep your blood sugar in check.