Snack Ideas for Managing Diabetes

June 23, 2016 | western

The best thing about diabetes snacks is that they are essentially healthy snacks, which can be eaten by non-diabetics. They can help curb your hunger while adding a nutritious energy boost to your day. But that does mean choosing your foods wisely.

It’s a great opportunity to fit in another serving of whole grains, fruits or vegetables! These foods are healthier than salty snacks and sweets. They will also fill you up and give you the energy you need, which is a great thing and you feel better!
Regardless of how many snacks your meal plan includes, portion sizes are the key to controlling your blood glucose and avoiding weight gain. So, resist those trips to the vending machine – plan ahead and pack a healthy snack!

Snacks with Less Than 5 Grams of Carbohydrate
• 15 almonds
• 3 celery sticks + 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
• 5 baby carrots
• 5 cherry tomatoes + 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing
• 1 hard-boiled egg
• 1 cup cucumber slices + 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing
• ¼ cup of fresh blueberries
• 1 cup of salad greens + 1/2 cup of diced cucumber + drizzle of vinegar and oil
• 1 frozen sugar-free popsicle
• 1 cup of light popcorn
• 2 saltine crackers
• 10 gold-fish crackers
• ½ cup sugar-free gelatin
• 1 piece of string cheese stick
• 8 green olives
• 2 Tablespoons pumpkin or sesame seeds
• ¼ of a whole avocado (~4 g.)
About 10-20 Grams of Carbohydrate
• ¼ cup dried fruit and nut mix
• 1 cup chicken noodle soup, tomato soup (made with water), or vegetable soup
• 1 small apple or orange
• 3 cups light popcorn
• 1/3 cup hummus + 1 cup raw fresh cut veggies (green peppers, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, celery, cauliflower or a combination of these)
• ¼ cup cottage cheese + ½ cup canned or fresh fruit
• 1 cheese quesadilla (made with one 6-inch corn or whole wheat tortilla + 1 oz shredded cheese) + ¼ cup salsa
• 2 rice cakes (with a 4-inch diameter) + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
• 5 whole wheat crackers (or ¾ oz) + 1 piece of string cheese
• ½ turkey sandwich (1 slice whole wheat bread + 2 oz turkey + mustard)
• ½ cup tuna salad + 4 saltines
About 30 Grams of Carbohydrate (good to eat before exercise)
• ½ peanut butter sandwich (1 slice whole wheat bread + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter) + 1 cup milk
• 6 oz light yogurt + ¾ cup berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or a combination of these)
• 1 English muffin + 1 teaspoon low-fat tub margarine
• 3/4 cup whole grain, ready-to-eat cereal + ½ cup fat-free milk
• 1 medium banana + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter

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