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List of the Best Snacks for Diabetics

written by: DeeBishop • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 9/21/2010

Being a diabetic doesn't mean you can't enjoy tasty, satisfying snacks. It simply means monitoring what you eat and choosing the best low carbohydrate choices like these to keep your blood glucose in line.

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    When you live with diabetes, it may be a challenge to eat healthy all the time. It may seem as if everything you like is off limits. But this list of the best snacks for diabetics offers good news for those with diabetes: you can still have snacks that taste good without ruining your eating plan or causing your blood glucose to shoot sky-high.

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    Ready To Eat Snacks

    Celery and peanut butter is a diabetic-friendly version of a simple snack that has been around for years is still good for you since it is loaded with protein and low in carbs. Cut two stalks of celery into strips and dip in 1 T. reduced-sugar peanut butter.

    One ounce, or about 1/4 c. of almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans or walnuts are a great snack. While some people worry about the fat, these heart-healthy monounsaturated fats can actually help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol.

    An apple, peach, plum, pear, blackberries or cherries are all good choices and can satisfy a craving for something sweet.

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    Store Bought Snacks

    The light version of string cheese is not only delicious, but it is fun to eat, offers much needed glucose-stabilizing protein, and contains less than 1g of carbs.

    Ready made snacks such as Pepperidge Farms Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps in the Four Cheese Italian Herbs flavor offer only 19g of carbs for 20 crackers. Or enjoy 7 to 8 Triscuit Thin Crisps for less than 11g of carbs. And you can eat a 1/2 c. of sugar-free pudding and still rack up less than one carb serving of 15g.

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    Simple To Prepare

    Freeze 10 red or green seedless grapes in a small zipper seal bag. Grab them straight from the freezer and enjoy a deliciously refreshing snack that contains only 34 calories and just under 9g of carbs.

    One of the most delicious yet simple snacks for diabetics is to place one cup sliced strawberries in a parfait cup and top with 2 T. sugar-free whipped topping. This good-enough-for-company dessert has only one carb serving and less than 2g of fat.

    Cut two whole-wheat soft tortillas into 8 wedges, and bake at 350 degrees F for roughly 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Dip in 1/4 c. salsa for a low-carb, great tasting snack.

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    The key to eating healthy snacks for diabetics is to search for items that are low in carbs, low in sugar and high in protein. As with any snack, avoid high fat and high calorie options, which everyone needs to do. But there's certainly no need to feel that you can't enjoy snacking just because you have diabetes.

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    Abbreviations Used

    t. = teaspoon

    T. = tablespoon

    c. = cup

    g = grams


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