There are quite a few snacks that diabetics can enjoy while keeping their blood glucose in check. They need not all be bland and dull. This article will share with you some of the simplest ones.
Diabetics need to be extra careful about what they eat and how much they eat. However, that does not mean that everything they eat has to be boring and tasteless. True, they need to keep a watch on the level of glucose in their blood, but that can be done even by enjoying tasty meals. A snack before bedtime is a habit and an advice that most diabetics follow. This HealthHearty article will enumerate some snack options that diabetics can try out at bedtime. They’re simple, easy to make, and most important of all, delicious!
Things Diabetics can Munch on Before Going to Bed
The maintenance of the level of glucose in the blood is done by the intake of suitable foods. Many diabetics are advised to indulge in a healthy snack before going to bed. This is done mostly as a precautionary measure to ensure that the level of glucose does not fall low at nighttime. In this section, we have some healthy snacks for those who need to nibble on a little something before retiring for the night. They are a combination of the most widely prescribed bedtime nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, in descending quantities.
Have an assortment of fruits cut up and decorated in a beautiful platter. The best one to have is apples. So have a whole apple cut up, together with some strawberries, blueberries, pomegranates, plums, etc. They are not only a rich source of vitamins and fiber, but they also help to cleanse the body by detoxifying. You can add a dollop of sugar-free vanilla ice-cream to the fruit salad to give it a more festive appeal.
Now for one of the most standard snacks to have before going to sleep. You’ll need low-fat milk and a cereal of your choice. Heat the milk till it is lukewarm. Then, add the cereal and eat it before you sleep. You can also keep the milk cold, and add some fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas to the milk along with the cereal. In cereal, choose whole grain ones. Corn, wheat, and muesli are best options. Oats with milk is another option you can try.
For the required protein and carbohydrate content, the best source is undoubtedly some good quality fish or meat. Make yourself a little plate of some leftover fish or chicken. Enjoy it along with a fresh fruit juice without sugar. Or you can prepare little cutlets especially for the nighttime snack using fish, chicken, or meat. Eggs, soy bean, and nuts will also help provide you with the required protein level.
Another fairly easy snack to eat before retiring to bed are sandwiches. Make some delicious sandwiches using whole grain bread and a slice of cheese in the middle. Peanut butter is also a great option for a bedtime sandwich. If you simply must have something sweet, apply some sugar-free jelly or jam on your slices of bread and have it before going to bed. Insist on fresh and whole grain bread like wheat or corn for your sandwiches.
Crackers are another option that you can choose for your diabetic nighttime snack. The best crackers for diabetics, especially before going to bed are graham crackers. They’re not salty, but they’re very good for diabetics because of their combination of different grains. If not graham crackers, then the next best option has got to be salted crackers. There are a variety of them available in stores. You can make them a little more enticing by shredding some low-fat cheese or applying a low-fat cheese spread on them. They’re simply delicious and good for your body too! You can also have some warm tortillas made from wheat or corn once in a while, for a different taste.
There you have it, some truly delectable snacks that diabetics can eat before the day is done. Make sure you consult with your doctor, nutritionist or dietitian before you begin consuming any new food at any time of the day or night.