Everyone needs a small snack now and then. For seniors who aren’t able to eat much in a single sitting, snacks can be an important way for them to get enough calories and nutrition. However, figuring out what to offer an older adult for a snack becomes a little more complicated if the person is diabetic. People who are diabetic have to be careful about the kinds of food they eat because what they eat affects their blood sugar. In addition, busy caregivers often don’t have the time to spend preparing elaborate snacks.
So, what are some easy and healthy snacks for older adults with diabetes? Here are some ideas.
Hard Boiled Eggs
It takes only a little more than 15 minutes to cook a hard boiled egg and there is no preparation beyond putting them in a pan with some water. Hard boiled eggs make an excellent snack because they are packed with protein, something that some seniors have a hard time getting enough of. A single large egg contains about 6 grams of protein. Protein helps to prevent blood sugar spikes after eating. The protein in eggs is also filling, which can keep seniors satisfied longer. Therefore, if your aging relative is trying to lose weight, eating hard boiled eggs could help them to eat fewer calories.
Baked Chips and Salsa
A serving of low-fat baked chips with salsa makes a good snack when the older adult is craving something crunchy. And, the tomatoes and other vegetables used to make salsa are low in carbohydrates. Be sure to pay attention to serving sizes, though. A serving of salsa is ¼ cup and a serving of chips is 1 ounce.
Yogurt and Berries
When your aging relative is craving something sweet, yogurt with berries is the perfect snack. Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is high in protein. Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and fiber. Because there are a number of different kinds of berries, you can easily switch up the snack to keep your loved one from getting bored with it.
Another way to make certain your older family member is eating healthy snacks and meals is to contact an elder care agency. Through an elder care agency, you can schedule a professional caregiver to stay with the older adult when family caregivers cannot be there. Elder care providers can assist with the care of a senior in a number of ways, including preparing meals and snacks.