Snack Ideas for Those with Diabetes

carrots and hummusWith diabetes, snacks can be vital to maintaining proper blood sugar levels. For anyone who is taking glucose-lowering diabetes medications or insulin, they also may use snacks to keep blood sugar levels close to normal to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Today we’ve come up with a list of snacks that you can use to help decrease your chances of low blood sugar.

Snacks containing less than five grams of carbohydrates (helpful when you are looking for a low-carbohydrate choice):

  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 stick string cheese
  • ½ c. sugar-free Jello
  • ½ c. sugar-free pudding
  • 6 T Newman’s salsa with cut up peppers, broccoli, celery
  • 15 Goldfish crackers
  • 3 oz. sliced turkey wrapped in a lettuce leaf

Snacks containing about 15 grams of carbohydrates:

  • 3 graham crackers with 1 T peanut butter
  • 1 c. carrots or cucumbers with ¼ c. hummus
  • 2 rice cakes with 1 T peanut butter
  • 2 plums
  • ½ c. sugar free ice cream
  • ½ c.oatmeal with ¼ cup of chopped nuts
  • ¼ c. low fat cottage cheese with ½ cup peaches, lite and drained
  • 3 Lindt chocolates

  3 comments for “Snack Ideas for Those with Diabetes

  1. Marlene
    October 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you! Very helpful when looking for new ideas! Great Job.

  2. Angelo Muccio
    October 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I can’t believe you suggest grains to people that have this sickness! And tell them to eat cold deli meats, that are on the CDC list of cancer causing foods!

    Please do better research before you go blogging again!

    • UMass Memorial
      October 31, 2017 at 8:57 am

      According to our nutritionist, Sharon Chan, RD, “healthier choices are preferred, but we have to be mindful that we have people in the community who would like to avoid processed and less healthful foods but realistically cannot, and of the ‘recommended’ choices, you would pick those choices that you personally feel and choose that are appropriate and best for yourself.”

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