Type 2 diabetes is a condition that results in the body resisting the hormone known as insulin, which can prevent sugar from entering your cells. Essentially, this resistance means that your body cannot metabolize sugar in the way it is meant to be broken down and used by your body. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include thirst, fatigue, hunger, and weight loss, but because it is a chronic condition it needs to be maintained with medication and a healthy lifestyle.
Learning to manage diabetes includes relearning what foods are okay to eat, and diabetes friendly late night snack options are often the most difficult to pick. Here are a few options for you to try the next time a late night craving strikes:
1. Hard boiled eggs
Hard boiled eggs are a great and easy to prepare late night snack. The protein in an egg is what makes them the perfect choice, ensuring your blood sugar does not rise even though you are enjoying a snack.
2. Hummus with vegetables
Another great snack that will fill you up while keeping your blood sugar stable is hummus with vegetables. Carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli are all great options for vegetables to pair with hummus. Hummus is made from chickpeas which are rich in both protein and fiber.
Avocados are a great high fiber vegetable that can be enjoyed as a late night snack by diabetics. Turn that avocado into delicious guacamole and enjoy without worrying about your blood sugar spiking. Vegetables pair great with guacamole and are both a healthy and filling option.
4. Spinach salad
A crisp spinach salad is a great and easy option for a late night snack as a diabetic. The plant has a lot of fiber and protein, and can be enjoyed without worrying about quantities and grams. Fruit and nuts can be added to this snack to make it more filling and tasty.
5. Mixed nuts
Mixed nuts on their own make a great snack for diabetics to enjoy late at night when the munchies hit. Nuts contain a lot of protein so just a small amount is capable of filling you up. Keep mixed nuts or trail mixes on hand, in small portions, for those moments when you need something to enjoy but don’t want to cause a spike in blood sugar.
Each of these snacks is a great, and healthy, option for anyone that is diabetic but still looking to enjoy a filling and delicious snack. Knowing your body and its reaction to different types of foods as a diabetic is key to snacking and eating when you are trying to maintain blood sugar levels, but these options make it easy to do just that.