Updated: October 10, 2020 10:24:08 am
Most of the world is confined to their homes owing to the covid-19 pandemic. While many of us were happy to stay at home initially – spending more time with family, taking up new interests and experimenting with new recipes, it isn’t surprising that our consumption of unhealthy foods has also increased rapidly.
But this time has been even more challenging for those dealing with diabetes, trying to manage their blood glucose levels and body weight. “While there is nothing wrong with indulging in snacking every now and then, it is important to maintain a healthy diet which is full of vitamins, antioxidants and protein. People with conditions like diabetes and hypertension, must vary their diets as unhealthy foods are one of the prime reasons behind rise in blood glucose levels during lockdown,” says Sujata Sharma, nutritionist and diabetes educator, BeatO.
But can snacks be healthy? “Thankfully the answer is yes!” says Sharma adding that there is a huge range of healthy snacks that can work wonders in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and managing diabetes if included in our diet.
“If diabetics plan wisely, snacking can prove to be healthy – it can deal with hunger pangs between meals, while providing nutrition and keeping blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. Although, in cases of diabetic patients – one should pay close attention to the carb count while snacking. They are recommended to eat a healthy amount of good carbohydrates, instead of avoiding carbohydrates altogether. Always opt for fresh and natural sources rather than canned or refrigerated ones, and choose baked, grilled or roasted over fried. Important to keep portion size in mind and avoid products with preservatives and high salt content, even while snacking,” she tells indianexpress.com.
To further assist you, here is a list of eight super healthy snacks that anyone with diabetes or not can munch on
Fruit yogurt (fruits advised for diabetics) – Yogurt is a great source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and adding some fresh fruits (advised for diabetics) into it enriches our diet by providing antioxidants, as well.
Vegetable/paneer/fish tikka or cutlets – For a more filling snack, you can try different cutlets and tikkas made of vegetables, paneer (farmer’s cheese) or fish. These ingredients are rich in nutrition and can be cooked into some delicious and healthy snacks. In general, diabetics should avoid deep frying these and instead bake or grill the same. Skewers are also a great option!
Multi-millet noodles – Multi-millet noodles can be a great choice both for a snack, or a whole meal. With its high fibre content, millet is a whole grain, which is…