Next time you go grocery shopping, include these colorful, flavorful, and low-carb fruits to your meal plan (they are diabetic-friendly too!).
Snacking on fruits is a health tweak we can all work towards, afterall those 3pm cravings need to be satitated!
1. Crunchy Munchy ‘Apples’
Don’t reach for that carb-y crunchness (potato chips!) instead grab ’em apples! Crunchy and with the right amount of sweetness, this fruit is a good pick for diabetics too (with just 77 calories and 21g carbs!). It doesn’t require any prep either, just toss one into your lunch bag. Bite ino an apple at 12pm for that boost of energy or at 3pm when you crave the crunch you so want (bite away the boredom)!
And peel off the skin, it’s packed with antioxidants. Spicy up the plain ol’apple with a dash of cinnamon (a diabetics godsend!).
2. Tart And Sweet ‘Cherries’
Craving that tart sweetness? Opt for a bowl of tiny deep-red berries. They contain insulin- boosting and blood-sugar-stabilizing chemicals known as ‘anthocyanins’. Much healthy and guess what a small cup of cherries has 78 calories and 19g of carbs!
Eat fresh cherries as canned and dried ones might contain added sugar and, be sure to check the labels!
3. Refreshingly Juicy ‘Kiwis’
Reach out for the kiwi fruit when you want a zing and pop! Power-packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and loads of antioxidants this zesty green fruit is a nutritional treasure store. Factor this in – it is naturally fat-free (yippee!) and low-carb. A large kiwi has about 56 calories and 13 g of carbohydrates!
4. Soft And Pulpy ‘Oranges’
Have an organe instead of popping a candy or biting into a ‘snack bar’. A small serving of fresh oranges can provide you your daily intake of vitamin C. An average-size orange has only 62 calories and 15g of carbs. Its pulp provides fiber helpful in keeping your sugar levels in check, so opt for the whole fruit instead of juice.
5. Mildly Sweet And Tangy ‘Guavas’
Guavas have a fine balance of mild sweet- and tartness, rich in dietary fiber, this fruit can help ease constipation. (a common diabetic complaint!). Again, eating the whole fruit – skin and all is the best bet as the skin contains more Vitamin C than the inside pulp. An average-size guava has 37 calories and 9g of carbs.
Given a choice, opt for the whole fruit instead of the juice as they are void of fiber and can spike blood sugar levels instantly (diabetics, take note!). Also, snack on fruits or have them in between meals, never with the main meal. Nutrient absorption from the fruit is easy on an empty stomach, whereas when had with a meal it can take longer to digest causing it to rot/ferment in the stomach. This can also cause indigestion, heartburn and overall discomfort.