Jan 25, 2018 by Leslie Knopp
Although healthy snacking is important for all seniors, it’s especially crucial for those with diabetes. By reaching for unhealthy snacks such as a bag of chips or candy bar because they are tasty and convenient, older adults with diabetes can experience serious health complications. Therefore, home healthcare providers encourage the following healthy and portable snacks to seniors with diabetes.
Peanuts, almonds, pecans, and other types of nuts are loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They are particularly good for seniors with diabetes when they contain no salt or sugar, making it a good idea for them to opt for dry roasted or raw nuts.
Research has proven that apples can actually help senior citizens with diabetes avoid overeating. Just like nuts, they contain plenty of fiber and can help seniors feel fuller for longer periods of time. Home healthcare professionals suggest that older adults pair apples with a bit of hummus or natural peanut butter.
Hummus has become more popular in recent years because of its protein and unsaturated fat that is good for the heart. Home healthcare aides recommend older adults with diabetes purchase individually packaged hummus and eat it with sliced vegetables, whole wheat pita bread, or apples.
Whether they opt for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, seniors with diabetes who snack on berries will enjoy many benefits. Berries can reduce their risk of a heart attack and stroke thanks to their antioxidants, vitamins, and heart-healthy carbohydrates.
Seniors with diabetes can get their protein fix by snacking on Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt makes for a delicious snack, especially when it is topped with fruit and/or granola.
Unsalted nuts, apples, hummus, berries, and Greek yogurt are all examples of healthy snack options for older adults who are living with diabetes.