Diabetics need to pay special attention to the foods they eat in order to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. While many plan ahead for their meals, snacks are often forgotten about. The American Diabetes Association recommends these great on-the-go snacks that are low in carbs and diabetes-friendly:

Snacks under 5 grams of Carbohydrate:

  • 1 ounce of nuts such as almonds, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, or walnuts
  • 3 celery sticks and 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 5 baby carrots
  • 5 cherry tomatoes + 1 Tablespoon of ranch dressing
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1 cup cucumber slices + 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing
  • 1/4 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
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free gelatin
  • 1 piece of string cheese stick
  • 8 green olives
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin or sesame seeds
  • 1/4 of a whole avocado

Snacks under 20 grams of Carbohydrate:

  • 1/4 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)
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese + 1/2 cup canned or fresh fruit
  • 1 cheese quesadilla (made with one 6-inch corn or whole wheat tortilla + 1 oz shredded cheese) + 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 rice cakes (with a 4-inch diameter) + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 5 whole wheat crackers (or 3/4 oz) + 1 piece of string cheese
  • 1/2 turkey sandwich (1 slice whole wheat bread + 2 oz turkey + mustard)
  • 1/2 cup tuna salad + 4 saltines

Tips to remember:

  • Use measuring cups or spoons to properly portion your snacks. This will prevent mindless snacking.
  • If you are counting your carbohydrates, be sure to include your snacks.
  • Regularly keep healthy snacks in your reach. Having healthy options on hand can help you choose the right snack over non-healthier treats.

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