The craving hits you about an hour after dinner. You want a sweet snack, but as a diabetic, you feel like there is nothing you can eat without compromising your carefully monitored diet. The solution? Check the diabetic free exchange foods, and indulge in a smart choice that won’t affect your blood sugar.
A “free” food is anything that has less than 20 calories or 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving and can be found in books, websites, or other literature provided by your doctor. For most, three serving of free foods or drinks per day is recommended, and spreading the servings throughout the day is a good idea.
These foods may be called “free,” but each serving does contain carbs, and eating them all at once could affect blood glucose level.
Spice Up Your Meals
It’s always a good idea to include fruit, and especially vegetables in your diet, but it’s not always easy to look forward to a steaming serving of broccoli. To alleviate boredom in your foods, and keep your carbs low, try adding different spices and seasonings to your fare. For example, hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, or Italian seasonings can be sprinkled on veggies for a different kick of flavor. For dessert, try a serving of raspberries sprinkled with a sugar substitute, such as Splenda, and a little cocoa powder.
It’s easy to feel limited when you are diabetic, but finding new and different foods to satisfy any palate can be done. With some practice, finding and enjoying new foods can seem easier and easier, and when the craving hits, you’ll know what to do.