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    Perfect Munchies for Individuals with Diabetes

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    Want to stay satisfied without consuming excess food? Give these snacks a shot.

    Satiety (or the feeling of fullness, if you don’t have your thesaurus handy) is a crucial aspect of managing diabetes. The reason you reach for a snack, or at least the reason you should grab a snack, is due to not feeling satiated and content. This sensation of fullness plays a vital role in weight management and blood sugar regulation. However, many snacks are nothing but empty calories and artificial ingredients, needlessly disrupting your body’s balance without providing actual nourishment. If you have diabetes, you require a very specific type of snack to curb those cravings. Give one of these a try!

    Almonds

    Almonds are rich in protein and fiber while being low in carbohydrates. Research indicates that individuals who munch on a small portion of almonds before a meal experience reduced hunger both during and after. Their satisfying chewiness also enhances the feeling of satiety. It’s all in the mind.

    Avocado

    The beloved superfood isn’t just creamy and delicious; it’s surprisingly filling too. Incorporating half an avocado into your meal will significantly increase its satiating effect, plus avocados are generally beneficial for your health.

    Dark Chocolate

    When I mention “dark chocolate,” I’m not referring to Hershey’s. That version is packed with additives and sugar. I’m talking about the real deal—85% cacao dark chocolate that’s as dark as the night. The bitter taste and aroma of dark chocolate have been proven to enhance satiety. However, remember that it’s still chocolate, so indulge in moderation.

    Decaf Coffee

    If you prefer a beverage over a snack, opt for a cup of decaf. Studies have shown that decaffeinated coffee stimulates the production of specific hormones in your digestive system that influence satiety. Additionally, as it’s decaf, you won’t experience the dehydrating effects of caffeinated coffee.

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