Snacking Smart with Diabetes
Planning meals is important for managing diabetes, but what about snacks?
Snacks can help curb hunger while adding a nutritious energy boost to your day. But that means choosing foods wisely.
It’s a great opportunity to fit in another serving of whole grains, fruits, or vegetables! These foods are lower in fat and calories compared to most salty snacks and sweets. They will also fill you up and give you the energy you need.
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!
Below are a few snack ideas listed by how much carb they contain.
Snacks with less than 5 grams of carbohydrate
- 3 celery sticks + 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
- 5 baby carrots
- 5 cherry tomatoes + 1 Tablespoon ranch
- 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, and with vinegar and oil
- 1 frozen sugar-free popsicle
- 1 cup of light popcorn
- 2 saltine crackers
- 10 gold-fish crackers
- 16 green olives
- ½ cup sugar-free gelatin
- 1 piece of string cheese stick
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin or sesame seeds
- ¼ of a whole avocado (~4 g.)
About 10-20 grams of carbohydrate
- ½ cup almonds or other nuts
- ¼ cup dried fruit and nut mix
- 1 cup chicken noodle, tomato (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
Tips to remember:
- Know your portion sizes beforehand, and if you aren’t sure, use measuring cups and spoons!
- Don’t forget to count the carbs into your overall meal plan!
- Avoid mindless snacking in front of the TV, reading, or while driving
- Stock up on healthy options and avoid shopping when you are hungry to decrease temptation the store
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