If hungry between meals choose healthy snacks
Morning and afternoon tea snacks are only necessary if you get hungry or go for long periods between meals. Not everybody with diabetes needs to eat between meals. Some people with diabetes who are on certain medications may need snacks between meals to prevent hypoglycaemia, however snacking unnecessarily can cause weight gain. Snacks should be healthy – low in fat, added sugars and sodium.
Examples are a piece of fruit, a small pot of yoghurt, a desert spoon of unsalted nuts, a piece of whole grain toast or 2 to 3 grainy crackers.
Nuts are an important source of dietary fibre, and good sources of plant proteins. Evidence suggests that nuts are fatty and high in energy, and unless eaten in moderation, they can lead to weight gain.
Sample servings (include in the daily energy intake)
1 medium size raw fruit
30 grams (2 tbsp) of unsalted nuts
1 glass low fat milk or soy milk (250ml)
1 pottle low fat or ‘lite’ yogurt
2-3 low fat wholegrain crackers
If you’re going to have snacks, make them healthy!