5 Bedtime Snacks for Type 2 Diabetics

Posted On: 01-24-2020
5 Bedtime Snacks for Type 2 Diabetics
It’s not uncommon for patients with type 2 diabetes to wake up with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels. This can be caused by a rebound from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) during sleep or by your hormones signaling glucose release during the process of waking up.

It’s important to talk to your doctor if you notice your blood sugar levels are high when you wake up, because a change in your routines or medications may be needed. Only your doctor can determine the cause of this effect. In some cases, your doctor might recommend adding a bedtime snack to your routine to help and keep levels stabilized during sleep. If this is a recommendation you’ve received, you’ll want to find snacks that are low in carbohydrates but high in protein and healthy fats.

Don’t forget to test your levels after you eat your snack and upon waking up, so you can be sure that the choice is benefitting you.

1. Raw vegetables and hummus: Chickpeas, which are the main ingredient of hummus, are a source of fiber and protein (fiber, in particular, can help to slow down the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream). Have just a couple of tablespoons combined with raw veggies, like carrots or celery, for an extra fiber boost.

2. Nuts: Just a handful of raw or toasted nuts gives your body a nice boost of healthy fats and protein. As a bonus, nuts are low in carbohydrates. There are a ton of options for choose from (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans) and each nut variety delivers its own mix of additional nutrients.

3. Nut butter with apples: Almond butter and peanut butter are both protein-rich and full of healthy fats. Pairing one of these butters with an apple gives you a good protein and fiber combination.

4. Popcorn: While you have to be careful with how popcorn is prepared, it has the potential to be a healthy snack. Popcorn has a lot of fiber to help keep your blood sugar levels steady. Just make sure it’s not made with a lot of vegetable oil or seasoned with added sugars.

5. Yogurt: Yogurt has probiotics and is also a great source of protein. However, flavored yogurt can add sweeteners that you don’t need (and can be higher in carbohydrates). Try plain yogurt and cut the tartness with some berries for extra fiber. You can also try stirring in chia seeds and cinnamon for a treat that feels especially indulgent.

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