For many, a low-carb diet can be difficult to maintain long-term because it feels restrictive. So instead of focusing Cut out all carbohydratesIt is best to strive for a balanced plate for your meals and snacks. In fact, research shows that eating a balanced meal or snack with all the food groups—protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables Improve blood sugar control After the meal.
The good news is that instead of eliminating your favorite foods from your diet, you can combine them with other food groups Reduce blood sugar Later.
While it is possible to combine certain foods together to control blood sugar, there are still some foods that are not nutritionally balanced, and it is probably best to have a separate option as a snack. It’s perfectly fine to enjoy these foods every once in a while, but if you regularly reach for one of the following snack options, you may want to consider switching up your snacking habits for something a little more balanced. Read on, and for more, don’t miss it Nutritionists say the 4 best breads for blood sugar.
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Candy It is a food that is low in protein, fiber and healthy fats. It’s usually digested quickly and absorbed immediately—which can lead to both a spike in blood sugar and later hunger.
Try to choose options that take longer to digest and help fill you up instead. Then imagine that you have a candy or two A balanced snack If you still want it. You’ll feel more energized and calm throughout the rest of the day without drastic changes in blood sugar levels.
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Chips They are usually quick snacks from the vending machine that are easy to grab. However, sometimes a more convenient choice now can lead to high blood sugar later. Chips are usually low in protein and fiber, which a Food with high blood sugar.
Fortunately, you don’t have to completely eliminate this sweet food from your diet to control blood sugar levels. There are new products available that make blood sugar friendly options. Like brands Quest protein chips, Wilde Chicken ChipsAnd even like bean-based chips Benitos All are rich in protein or fiber for better blood sugar control.
Combine these options with a high-fiber dip Hummusvegetable sticks or yogurt, and you have blood sugar-balancing snacks.
Baked goods such as doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, or croissants are often a combination of refined flour, sugar, and added fats and oils. of Carbohydrates And sugar is quick to increase the blood sugar level, and the added oil or butter causes the blood sugar to stay for a long time due to the delay.
Sure, these foods may be a part of your lifestyle in moderation, but you may want to rethink getting something delicious every day.
Instead, focus on pairing carbohydrates with protein at mealtimes. Provides a quick source of carbohydrates Increase in energy And the protein helps stabilize your blood sugar for several hours after you eat it.
Sugar-sweetened beverages They can provide a good energy boost, but are low in nutrients and high in sugar. This includes soda, juice, energy drinks and sweet coffee. Big Blood sugar fluctuations It only leads to increased hunger and decreased energy between meals. So, it’s best to switch to options that contain more protein, fiber, and healthy fats for your blood sugar.
Trying to beat yours Soda habit? If you’re working to break your snack soda habit, switch your regular choice for diet soda. Diet soda is safe in moderation and does not cause blood sugar spikes.
Caroline Thomason, RDN
Caroline is a Women’s Health Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator based in Northern Virginia. Read more