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Choose combinations of foods with carbohydrates for quick energy and choose protein foods for sustained energy. Plan healthy snacks for your daily menu.
There are many acceptable protein and energy bars that are convenient. However, most of them are made with processed ingredients and should not be your only snack-food choice. Some of them contain substantial calories, something to consider for those who need to lose weight.
Following are some snack suggestions. Many sugar-free sweets such as ice cream and cookies should be considered a treat and are not as healthy as the other choices below.
For foods listed above that are marked with an underline, please refer to the product label.
Is it okay to eat only two meals on weekends?
Yes, provided that you don’t overeat at those two meals. Three meals or even four small meals distributed about every four hours is usually recommended to keep energy stable and maintain a healthy blood glucose.
The time that you wake up determines the timing of your meals. The earlier you start your day, the more small meals are needed. If you are not hungry in the morning, you can wait an hour or two, but not eating for longer than that is not recommended.
Try to identify why you are not hungry in the morning: Are you snacking in the evening or drinking too much coffee or tea? It is not necessary to have a large breakfast or eat traditional breakfast foods. Even a few nuts is better than not having anything.
Certain diabetes medications may cause low blood glucose with a change in schedule. Ask your doctor or educator about the action of your diabetes medications.