Here are our top seven picks of high-protein snacks that are best if you have type 2 diabetes:
CHEESE CUBES: A 2019 review found that dairy consumption, including cheese, is associated with a decreased risk for type 2 diabetes. Pair one ounce of low-fat cheese with an apple or nuts.
MIXED NUTS: Nuts have magnesium and plant compounds which may help regulate your blood sugar levels. Unsalted, unflavoured walnuts, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts and almonds are all excellent options.
VEGGIES & NUT BUTTER: Consider pairing nut butter with celery sticks, baby carrots, or apple slices to make a filling snack. Make sure you read the nutrition labels and choose an option with no added sugar and low sodium.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS: Sunflower seeds have been shown to help reduce glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, research suggests. When combined with carbs, the protein and fat in sunflower seeds may slow digestion, stymieing the release of glucose into the bloodstream.
EDAMAME: Edamame is one of the nutritious snacks for people with diabetes. They are also easy to prepare: buy them frozen and microwave them for 1 to 2 minutes or boil them until warmed.
HARD-BOILED EGGS: Eating an egg as a bedtime snack, according to one study, helped lower fasting glucose and improved markers of insulin sensitivity compared to a yogurt snack, which was high in carbohydrates. Or, pair a cooked egg with a couple of whole-grain crackers or some sliced veggies for added fibre to feel fuller and manage blood sugar.
GREEK YOGURT: Greek yogurt is packed with nutrients and provides many health benefits, like supporting muscle and bone health. Consider adding some berries and walnuts.