Easy homemade natural healthy snacks for diabetics. When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes I was so scared. I did not know what to eat and my sugar levels were so hard to control. I had to give up on all kinds of bread, and oatmeal, and only left the fruit in my diet in moderated portions.
I was 38 years old, pregnant with my second child, working full time, and taking care of a 3-year-old boy. Finding time to rest and cooking was a priority for me and having handy healthy snacks for diabetics that were good for gestational diabetes was something really important.
For me, the clue was not letting hunger get me. Clearly, when I am too hungry I just grab wherever is first on hand and most times are not the healthier options. That is why I want to share with you some easy still delicious and nutritious diabetic-friendly snacks that you can have ready to go in the fridge.
Homemade Healthy Snacks for Diabetics
I want to share with you some options that were useful to keep my glycemic levels under control, eating healthy natural food. These are easy-to-prepare diabetic low-carb snacks that you can keep in the fridge and just grab to go.
These snacks are also a great option for people with gestational diabetes, and snacks for diabetics with type 2 that you can take 2 go. Easy low-carb snacks that you can always have fresh and ready in the fridge.
Hard-Boiled eggs are a great snack for diabetics!
My father loves boiled eggs, growing up in my parent’s home you could always find boiled eggs in the fridge. I love them with a little salt on top, my husband likes them with some buffalo sauce. Boiled eggs are ready in 10 minutes and are the perfect high-protein grab-to-go snack.
How to make boiled eggs
In a pot take water to boil, enough water to cover the eggs. My father has a trick to keep the egg inside the shell in case it breaks while boiling. Add a few pinches of salt or a splash of vinegar and according to my dad, that will keep the egg inside.
Allow the eggs to boil for 10 minutes.
How to peel boiled eggs?
The best way is to place the boiled eggs in ice-cold water right after boiling to have a temperature shock and have them cold down fast. Leave them in the cold water for some 4 minutes and they start peeling. You will see how easy the eggshell comes out.
How can I store boiled eggs?
You can peel the eggs and once they have completely cold down you can save them in a container and make sure you close the lid so they can keep fresh. Although I prefer to save them with the shell and just peel them the day I am using them. That way they stay fresher and with better flavor for longer. You can store the boiled eggs for up to 7 days.
Looking for low-carb breakfast ideas? check out this Mexican low-carb breakfast!
Jicama is always crunchy and fresh!
I love jicama, growing up in Mexico my mom always had jicama and oranges ready for an afternoon snack. In Mexico, we sprinkle the jicama with lime juice and chili powder, Tajin. Jicama is fresh and is great if you are having cravings. Having a jicama crunch in your mouth really makes you feel like you are eating something real! When you have diet restriction is common to go through these phases where you feel a little anxious or frustrated and that crunchiness can really feel like you are eating chips, only that without all the fat and carbs!
To start you need to peel the jicama. I like to cut the edges so I can place it straight and then with a fruit knife I start to peel all the jicama skin. You can also use a potato peeler if you prefer.
Cut the jicama in sitcks.
How to store jicama to keep it crunchy and fresh?
If you just bought a jicama and are not using it right away, store it in a dark and dry place, just where you store potatoes.
You can peel and cut your jicama and save it in the fridge to use at any time. The secret here is to store the jicama in water. Storing jicama in a container with water will keep the jicama fresh for up to 5 days. It will keep crunchy and fresh.
For how long can you save already cut jicama?
If you store jicama covered in water in a closed container in the fridge it can last up to 5 days fresh and crunchy. Jicama is low in carbs and high in water and vitamins which makes it a healthy snack for diabetics.
Strawberries are great to satisfy a sweet teeth
If you feel like you need low-carb sweet, strawberries are your snack to go! Strawberries are low carb, they have vitamin C and you can have up to 1 cup of strawberries. I like to wash them just before eating them or the same day I am using them as they spoil very fast when they are in contact with humidity.
Tajin Mexican Chili Powder for fruit and veggies
I know this might sound crazy but there is a way to star-loving cucumber, jicama, carrots, and so many other veggies and fruits. Adding some lime juice on top of jicama and cucumber sticks makes a whole flavor difference! on top of that add salt or chili powder and you will have a snack you will love! You can find Tajin in most Hispanic supermarkets and they even have a low sodium option.
The cucumber is fresh and full of water!
Cucumbers are great in the summertime, so fresh and juicy. Peel the cucumber and then cut it in half in a vertical way. Remove the seeds and then cut them into sticks. You can store it in the fridge in a closed container for up to 3 days.
These are all ideas for low-carb snacks for diabetics that you can prepare
- 1 egg
- ½ jicama
- ½ cucumber
- 5 strawberries
- 1 lime
- 3 tbsp chilli powder
- In a pot take water to boil, enough water to cover the eggs
- My father has a trick to keep the egg inside the shell in case it breaks while boiling.
- Add a few pinches of salt or a splash of vinegar and according to my dad, that will keep the egg inside.
- Allow the eggs to boil for 10 minutes.
- Place the boiled eggs in ice-cold water right after boiling to have a temperature shock and have them cold down fast. Leave them in the cold water for some 4 minutes and they start peeling.
- peel the jicama
- Cut the jicama in sitcks.
- Peel the cucumber and then cut it in half in a vertical way.
- Remove the seeds and then cut them into sticks