Healthy Diabetic Snack Ideas

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Crackers with Grapes and Cottage Cheese

In addition to being good for your blood sugar levels, this taste-bud-pleasing combo is also heart-healthy, since it can help reduce your bad cholesterol. You’ve got your protein in the cottage cheese to help your blood sugar levels (not to mention calcium for healthy bones) as well as a decent dose of fiber. Make sure whole-wheat flour or another whole grain is the first ingredient in those crackers, and you should be good to go. Unless you’re planning on a workout afterward, try to stick to two crackers, a quarter cup of cottage cheese, and a quarter cup of grapes to keep your snack at 21 carbs.

Hummus and Veggies

Hummus may have more calories than you’re looking for, but it’s also rich in nutrients and fiber. Paired with veggies such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, or peppers, a third of a cup of hummus is a delicious and nutritious snacking option at less than 15 grams of carbs.

Almonds with Dried Fruit

Need something that’s both salty and sweet with a little bit of crunch? This combination packs a punch in terms of carbs, so it’s another good option to eat before a workout. If you don’t want to exercise after eating it, just be sure to limit your serving size. About two tablespoons of almonds and two tablespoons of dried cranberries or another fruit is about 20 grams of carbohydrates.

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Apples and Cheese

Another ritzy-sounding option (or maybe it sounds like what the boring kids brought for school lunches), but it’s delicious, we swear. As we mentioned before, fruit is naturally high in sugar, but apples contain less sugar than most fruits. The serving size on this one is a quarter of an apple and a quarter of a slice of cheese, but this mini-snack is only 30 calories, less than 4 grams of sugar, and just over 5 grams of carbs!

If you thought you didn’t have any good snack options before as a diabetic, we’re willing to bet you’re feeling a little more hopeful now. No matter what your taste buds say, there’s always something healthy to satisfy them.

Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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