Afflicting millions of people across home and abroad, diabetes has emerged to be one of the biggest causes of concern in the world of health. Diabetes is a condition where your body is either not producing enough insulin or is not responding to the insulin produced. Since diabetes is not reversible, all one can do is manage the symptoms. According to nutritionists, diabetics should consume a diet rich in fibre and antioxidants. They should also keep eating in regular intervals to prevent abrupt blood sugar spikes. So once you are done with your hearty breakfast, and thinking about your lunch, maybe you should give a thought to some ‘pre-lunching’ as well.
Pre-lunch is a quick snack break you take prior to lunch. It also must be ensured that while you split up your meals, you should not forget about your daily recommended calorie consumption. Calorie-overload could also prove detrimental for diabetics.
1. A Mix Of Nuts: A homemade nutty trail-mix comprising almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts, could be an excellent idea to load up on some valuable fibre, protein and antioxidants. Make sure you practice portion control; excess nut consumption could cause digestive issues.
2. Tomato and coriander salad: A low-cal salad can add a burst of freshness to your otherwise mundane day. You can make do with a simple salad too on days you are pressed for time; for instance, this tomato salad made with chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander, lemon juice and black pepper. Click here for the full recipe.
3. Seasonal fruits with a sprinkle of chaat masala: Any local, seasonal fruit that is high in fibre and of low glycemic index could help keep your blood sugar fluctuations in control. You can add a sprinkle of chaat masala on top just to liven things up a bit.
4. Unstrained spinach and cabbage juice: Juicing often takes away the fibre content of the vegetable or fruit, which is why it is advised to have whole foods. However, once in a while drinking juice is fine. But make sure it is fresh, homemade and unstrained. You can try blending fresh spinach and cabbage leaves with some water and drink the same.
5. Carrot sticks and hummus: Washed and peeled carrot chunks dipped in hummus make for a great low-carb, snacking option. If you are not a fan of carrots, you could use fresh cucumber instead.
Try these ideas and let us know which ones you liked the most.
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