Healthy Diabetic Snacks That Still Taste Good

Even for the diabetic, snacks are an important part of the diet that should not be neglected. 

Healthy Diabetic Snacks That Still Taste Good

When most of us think about snack foods, our minds turn to chips, candy, pretzels, cookies, and other starchy or sugary foods that are simply not compatible with the health needs of someone who has diabetes.

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Does that mean that snacking has to end simply because you have diabetes? Of course not! Proper snacking on healthy foods can help keep your energy levels up and your blood sugar balance, both of which are important considerations for diabetics.

Gathered below are what I feel are among the best diabetic snacks to help get you through your day, keep your blood sugar stable, and prevent your palate from becoming bored with eating the same foods all the time.

Easy Diabetic Snacks That Require No Work At All

One of the most common diabetes symptoms, whether you have type 1 or type 2, is fatigue. Sometimes you need to eat something, but simply do no have the energy to go to the kitchen and cook up something tasty. 

Still, no matter how tired you are, it’s important that you keep your blood sugar stable. In our first list, I am going to show you eight different diabetic snack foods that you can just grab and eat with no additional work required.

String Cheese – That’s right. Part-skim string cheese is a healthy snack that is just as appropriate for adults as it is for kids.

It tastes great, pulling off those strings can still be fun, and the protein and small fat content help keep your appetite in check. 

Best of all, it only has 60 to 80 calories, depending on the brand.

Cottage Cheese – Cheese makes the list again, and for good reason. Not only can you just grab a small bowl of it without any work, but cheese is tasty, satisfies the salt craving, and can be filling without eating much of it. 

A half cup or so is a good snack size, and contains about 100 to 130 calories. For a bit of variety, feel free to reduce the cottage cheese amount slightly and throw in a quarter cup of fresh berries.

Hard Boiled Egg – You have probably been told that if you have diabetes, snacks need to be low in sugar and starch while containing healthy amounts of protein and fat. 

Nature gave us a great combination of fat and protein in the egg, and boiled eggs keep well in the refrigerator. A single hard boiled egg contains about 80 calories.

AppleDiabetic snacks do not have to totally forgo sweetness in order to be healthy. 

Consider the apple, one of my favorite foods of all time. Sure, it has a bit of sugar in it, but a medium apple, skin intact, also contains five grams of fiber in a convenient 80 calorie package. 

All that fiber slows glucose absorption and prevents the sugar from spiking blood sugar.

Baby Carrots with Dressing – Depending on your personality, the idea of snacking on fresh vegetables may be attractive or appalling. 

Personally, I don’t like eating raw carrots, but I’ve found that changing things up with a little bit of ranch or blue cheese dressing can make a world of difference. 

Just go easy on the dressing and make sure it does not contain any sugar.

Almonds – Almonds are one of the healthiest diabetic snacks that you can eat. They are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and healthy fat. 

They’re satisfying, crunchy, and can be taken on the go, if necessary. One ounce, or about 18 almonds, contains about 150 calories, so don’t go crazy.

Pickle – There is nothing quite like the sour crunch of a kosher dill pickle, and the sour taste can often satisfy a craving for sweets. 

Low sodium varieties are best because pickles, being brined, are naturally loaded with salt. 

It also goes without saying that you want to avoid sweet pickles because of the sugar content.

Jerky – Chewy and meaty and all kinds of delicious, jerky has been a staple in the snack world since before colonial times. 

It is also top among easy diabetic snacks that you can grab and go without having to worry about shelf life. 

The best varieties are those that are not cured in sugar or high amounts of salt, and this is one of those cases where homemade is best.

Exotic, But Tasty Diabetic Snack List

When you are stuck on a diabetic diet, it can seem sometimes that you eat the same five or six foods over and over, day in and day out. 

There may be times when you feel like you might scream if you have to eat another grilled chicken breast and green salad. 

In order to break the monotony that is, unfortunately, all too common with diabetic living, here are a few unusual diabetic snack ideas that you probably have not tried before.

Roasted Edamame - Peanuts aren’t the only legume that tastes good roasted; edamame, or soybeans, stack up quite well against their more popular cousins. 

Just toss a pound of frozen, shelled edamame with a few teaspoons of olive oil and whatever seasonings you like, then roast at 375 degrees, tossing every ten minutes or so, until they are golden-brown and delicious. 

Just keep in mind that, much like roasted peanuts, these jewels are best enjoyed within a few hours of roasting.

Zucchini Chips - This is actually my favorite way to enjoy zucchini. Take a small to medium sized zucchini and slice it into thin rounds. 

Brush very lightly with olive oil and bake in a 400 degree oven, turning every so often, until crisp. 

In my oven, it usually takes about forty minutes. When they’re crisp, dust them with garlic powder, basil, parsley, and oregano.

Diabetic Snacks On The Go

Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast.” This is true for pretty much all of us, and having to balance the needs of a fast-paced lifestyle with those of staying healthy can be challenging for even the most organized diabetic. 

This particular list breaks down what I feel are the top five snacks for diabetics that can easily be taken on the go, hold up well in a briefcase, purse, or backpack, and do not require refrigeration.

Almonds - Sure, I mentioned almonds earlier, but it bears repeating because they are such a versatile, healthy choice that can easily be carried around all day without having to worry about them spoiling.

Jerky - When you talk about food that can withstand weeks or even months at room temperature without spoiling, it is hard to be more definitive than jerky. 

We already mentioned that, once made, it requires no work, but another benefit is that it can last for months if properly sealed at room temperature. 

It’s the perfect diabetic snack to perpetually keep in your backpack, purse, or even in your desk drawer at work.

Dark Chocolate - Yes, even diabetics can have chocolate every now and then. 

In referring to chocolate, I’m talking about high-quality dark chocolate that contains 70% or more cocoa solids, not the sugar and fat-laden candy bars that speak to you from supermarket checkout lines. 

Research has found that dark chocolate contains his levels of a group of antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been found to assist in blood circulation, as well as support healthy blood glucose and blood pressure levels. 

Chocolate also has a lot of calories, so be sure to take that into account when working it into your diet.

Air-Popped Popcorn - Believe it or not, popcorn can be a relatively healthy snack when it isn’t swimming in salt and butter. 

Two cups of air-popped popcorn with no added butter or salt contains only 60 calories and more than two grams of fiber. 

If you find it to be somewhat lacking in the flavor department, you can always toss it with a little garlic powder or your favorite dried herbs.

Sunflower Seeds - Like almonds, sunflower seeds are very high in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin E. 

They are also high in a compound known as phytosterols, which have been found to be very effective at lowering cholesterol levels. 

When choosing sunflower seeds, go for the unsalted variety and get them with the shells on. 

Removing the seeds from the shells slows eating, though you can eat the shells as long as you chew them very thoroughly.

Finding good snacks for diabetics may seem to be a daunting task, especially when you are first diagnosed and can’t stop thinking about all the foods that your health keeps you from enjoying. 

Still, occasional snacking is an important part of managing diabetes because it helps prevent blood sugar dips throughout the day and the majority of diabetes management involves keeping your blood sugar as stable as possible.

I hope you found this list of diabetic snacks useful, and if you have a good one that you would like to share, feel free to leave it in the comments below

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