3 delicious sugar-free snack recipes to try if you have diabetes

Published on: 23 January 2022, 12:30 pm IST
Diabetes doesn't mean you starve yourself. Follow mindful eating practices with these flavourful snack recipes and live happy and healthy!
Shifa Khan
It’s okay to look at sugar free products with doubt! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Silent killer diabetes is also a killjoy for ‘always hungry’ folks! While this health condition is a permanent one, you don’t always need to crush your hunger pangs. The good news is, high blood pressure can be managed well by eating right.

This may make you think that your snacking options have slimmed down, but we got you! Health experts also advise diabetics to have small meals rather than big ones. This means you get the chance to frequent snacking.

But, choosing food that doesn’t cause fluctuations in your blood sugar levels is crucial. Therefore, we found 3 yummy snack options that can help keep blood glucose levels under control whenever you feel peckish.

1. Paneer tikka skewers

Paneer lovers, rejoice! A study by the National Institute of Health claims that the participants who ate 25 grams of cottage cheese with 50 grams of sugar had 38 percent lower blood sugar than those who consumed just the sugar.

In accordance with this study, this lip-smacking paneer tikka is your go-to deal without caring much about diabetes!

Paneer is damn tasty and healthy too! Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

Ingredients

  1. 70 gm Cottage cheese
  2. 1 tbsp Tikka masala
  3. 1 pc Onion, cut into cubes
  4. 1 pc bell pepper, cut into cubes
  5. 2 tbsp curd
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Wood skewers
  8. Oil to cook

Preparation

  1. Prepare a marinade for your paneer tikkas. Take a bowl and add tikka masala, salt and curd to it.
  2. Whisk the mix to combine and keep aside.
  3. Add medium sized cubes of cottage cheese to the bowl and coat them in the mix.
  4. Take a skewer and pierce through a piece of bell pepper.
  5. Now, pierce it through a cottage cheese cube.
  6. Now, push it through a piece of onion.
  7. Add another layer of the same.
  8. Repeat the same process and prepare all the skewers..
  9. Heat a pan, add a tsp of cooking oil.
  10. Pan fry your loaded skewers of paneer and vegetables.
  11. Turn on each side until golden brown.
  12. Serve on a plate with mint or coriander chutney.

2. Cheese and cracker sandwich

There are times when you want a homemade and healthy snack without turning your stove on. The fiber in whole-grain crackers and fat in cheese will water the flames of hunger without spiking your diabetes level. A study by the National Institute of Health claims that the fat in cheese may reduce your insulin levels. It can also promote the release of sugar lowering hormones like GLP-1.

If you’re someone who’s a noob in the culinary department, this cheese and cracker sandwich recipe is for you.

Ingredients

  1. 10 Whole grain crackers
  2. 5 small cuts of mozzarella Cheese
  3. 5 pieces of pickled cucumber
  4. 1 tomato sliced in to 5 pieces
  5. Mint coriander chutney

Preparation

  1. Take a plate and place 5 whole grain crackers on it.
  2. On top of each cracker place a cut of mozzarella cheese.
  3. Add a piece of pickled cucumber on top of cheese.
  4. Now place a slice of tomato on it.
  5. Drop a tsp of coriander mint chutney on each sandwich.
  6. Now cover them up with another piece of whole grain cracker on each.
  7. Enjoy them as a fancy tea time snack perfect for diabetic people.

3. Chia pudding

If you’re a diabetic with a sweet tooth, that’s a punishment in itself. Many people with high sugar assume that they need to turn their backs to everyone eating a gulab jamun. But, we have a way out! This sweet delicacy is ‘out of this world’ yummy, sweet and healthy too. According to a study by the National Institute of Health, including chia seeds in your diet may help lower blood sugar levels and reduce blood pressure.

Made with chia seeds loaded with fiber, Omega-3 and protein, this pudding is perfect for that after dinner sweet need.

Mix in a handful of chia seeds in your milk of choice to get your healthy fat fix. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup of almond, oat, or coconut milk
  2. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  3. 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  4. Chopped almonds and dried berries for extra antioxidants
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Preparation

  1. Take a mixing bowl and add your choice of dairy free milk
  2. To the milk, add chia seeds, maple syrup (to taste), and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk the mixture to combine.
  4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate this mix overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  5. Once, the chia pudding has thickened, add chopped almonds and dried berries to it.
  6. You can also layer it with low-sugar fruits like kiwis, peaches and apples!

Having diabetes doesn’t mean the end of treats and snacks. If you see your family indulging in mid-day cravings, tease them back with these delish and healthy snacks. And, don’t forget to get your sweet revenge on them by swatting their hands off it. You can thank us later!

Shifa Khan

An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued!

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