Diabetic Snacks - 4-Ingredient Recipes

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Are you looking for healthy diabetic snacks? Plain vegetables and fruits are great, but they're not the only answers. Sometimes life does need a little extra flavor. Just because you are diabetic doesn't mean you have to live on boring foods. These healthy snack recipes are all diabetic-friendly. Plus, each of them requires only 4 ingredients, so they can help save your time and money, as well as lower your stress levels in case you have to prepare a bunch of them for a party. Interested? Keep reading!

Why Snacking?

Whether you are diabetic or not, snacking could actually be a way to help you lose weight. The advice "Don't eat between meals" is just an old wive's tale. Say you have lunch at noon and won't have dinner until 7 p.m., your stomach will probably growl at some point during those hours in between. Instead of letting yourself go starving and end up overeating at dinner time, have a light snack at about 4 or 5 p.m. to curb your hunger. In addition, if you are on diabetic medications that can cause a blood-sugar low between meals, your doctor will likely suggest that you grab some healthy snacks in the mid-afternoon to keep your blood glucose steady and avoid hypoglycemia.

It does not mean you can snack on whatever you wish, though. To control your weight and blood glucose levels, choose low-fat, low-carb snacks that contain only about 150 calories or less. Also, watch the portion size. For example, it is wise to put a small portion of potato chips on a plate, seal the bag and put the rest away. Munching them straight out of a bag often leads to "over-snacking."

Diabetic Snack - Mango Salsa
Diabetic Snack - Mango Salsa

Diabetic Snacks - Mango Salsa and Chips

Instead of fatty cookies or clichéd granola bars, fulfill your mid-afternoon hunger with some crispy tortilla chips and this "little bowl of vitamins." Sweet and tangy, this 4-ingredient salsa recipe is one of my summer-time favorites.

Ingredients for Mango Salsa (for 1 serving)

  • 2/3 cup thinly cubed mango
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsps. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss together well. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve with low-sodium tortilla chips.

Diabetic Snack - Chocolate Bananas
Diabetic Snack - Chocolate Bananas

Diabetic Snacks - Chocolate Bananas

This diabetic snack has it all: protein, vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Plus, they are low in carbs but pretty high in yumminess. What a delight!

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

  • 2 firm bananas
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds

Preparation

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave by warming it on HIGH for about 2 - 4 minutes. Peel bananas and trim the ends. Insert a popsicle stick into an end of each banana. Coat the bananas thouroughly with melted chocolate, then sprinkle roasted peanuts and almonds over them. Refrigerate for 15 - 30 minutes.

 

Diabetic Snacks - Easy Banana Rumaki

The original banana rumaki recipe requires real bacon and many other ingredients, but since this is supposed to be an easy and healthy diabetic snack, I have tweaked and simplified it a little. The yummy factor is not at all minimized by the modification, though.

Ingredients (for 12 bites)

  • 2 firm bananas (sliced into 1-inch pieces)
  • 6 slices lean turkey bacon (halved crosswise)
  • 1/4 prepared pesto sauce
  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Preparation

Spread the pesto sauce over bacon. Wrap each banana slice with a piece of bacon, then fasten with a toothpick. (You may also arrange your rumaki pieces on small skewers.) Put all rumaki bites on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 12 - 15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Some yummy sounding snacks here! Thanks for the recipes!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great ingredients and great diabetic help for snacking! That is so important.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@Peggy - Thanks for dropping by, Peggy! These diabetic snacks also look very appetizing, don't they? :)

@akirchner - Yep, very important indeed. Let's snack on! :)


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Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

I find satisfying nuts and dry fruits of a less prep nature. It's not really what you eat, so long as it doesn't carry a high sugar content, it's how much you eat. Be a counter and you can eat your way through many supposed no-no choices. Moderation is the answer to satisfying your hunger and not doing damage. David Russell


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Yes, exactly. Portion control is very crucial. Thanks for stopping by, Russell-D. :)


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michelle.dragon99 6 years ago

hey om...great to know more about this, wonderful job, informative and useful hub, will recommend to other hubbers:)


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@michelle.dragon99 - Thanks a lot for your visit and kind comment :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

You have some delicious sounding and looking snacks. And the best part is that Diabetics can eat them. Thanks


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Great suggestions as always. I believe in snacking as well. I taught my family and friends in Singapore how to make mango salsa and they love it. Rated useful!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@KoffeeKlatch - You're welcome. And don't forget they're also easy to make! :)

@anglnwu - Hey, good to see you! I haven't introduced mango salsa to any friends or family in Thailand, but they will probably like it as well. The Thais love mangos!


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readabook 6 years ago from Texas

Love the mango salsa recipes. So simple and yet so perfect. Thanks. You always have such great hubs.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Hi, readabook! Thanks. So glad you stopped by. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Oooh thanks for the wonderful recipes. The Mango Salsa sounds delightful. Of course I must try them all because mini snacks in between meals definite helps to lose and maintain an individuals weight. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! :)


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It is a matter of training your taste buds to enjoy healthier foods. I have worked with diabetics and it is so hard from them to stay away from bad sweets. Great hub!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@Money Glitch - Cool! Try them all and savor every single bite. Happy weekend to you, too! :)

@2besure - Yeah, I think you're right. Unhealthy sweets, like donuts and ice cream, taste great! Although some healthy snacks are quite delicious, many people tend to think they're not as satisfying for their sweet tooth. So I guess we do have to train our taste buds to enjoy the healthier stuff.


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Ambition398 6 years ago

That mango salsa sounds great, esp. for summer time. Thanks!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

You're welcome! :)


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Wow, though I am not diabetic, I find your all your recipes very enticing. I think I will try to prepare just any of them and share it with an uncle with diabetes. Thank you so much!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Cool! Hope your uncle like them too. Thanks for dropping by. :)


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Nice recipe you shared again on diabetics . seems you have a lot of knowledge on these. thanks for sharing ,love this piece of work.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

Thanks. Glad you like these recipes.

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