Just because you have diabetes does not mean you have to give up your favorite snacks. Sure, some adjustment is absolutely necessary when it comes to your diet, but daily healthy snacks can actually help you manage your blood sugar levels.
From salty nuts to crunchy veggies with hummus all the way to Greek yogurt with fruit, there are so many delicious and satisfying snacks that are not only low in sugar but also packed with nutrients. Read on for our favorite snack ideas for diabetics that will keep you full, healthy, and your blood sugar levels under control.
A Handful of Your Favorite Nuts
If you want a simple but highly nutritious snack, opt for a handful of your favorite nuts, or better yet, grab several different types of nuts to snack. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias… the choices are practically endless, and all of these options are fantastic options for diabetics. Peanuts are also a good choice, especially if you want a high-protein snack, but since they contain more omega-6 fatty acids, it’s best to eat them together with other nuts rich in omega-3s.
Ideally, you should choose raw or dry roasted nuts and either stick to non-salted options or opt for lightly salted nuts.
Veggie Sticks with Hummus
Craving something crunchy? Swap traditional high-sugar dips for hummus when enjoying vegetable sticks, and you’ll have a tasty, crunchy, nutritious snack that won’t spike your blood sugar.
Slice up some cucumber, bell peppers, carrots, or celery sticks, and add a dollop of hummus for a satisfying snack that won’t leave you feeling sluggish. This way, you’ll get not only low-calorie, vitamin-packed veggies but also lots of protein and healthy fat, thanks to hummus.
Diabetes-Friendly Charcuterie Board
If you like your meat and dairy, you’ll love this delicious snack that can even serve as a quick meal when you’re in a hurry: a charcuterie board brimming with meats and cheeses. Just make sure you opt for low-fat cheeses and lean meats here!
A healthy, diabetes-friendly charcuterie board should have meats like grilled chicken or turkey breast, some low-fat cheeses like mozzarella, and various fresh veggies plus whole-grain crackers. Great options for dips include hummus, Greek yogurt, or guacamole.
Chickpeas make for a fantastic diabetes-friendly snack: they’re packed with protein and fiber, so they’ll keep you full and your blood glucose stable, and when roasted with spices, they’ll satisfy your taste buds as well.
They’re also super simple to make. Just toss your chickpeas with some olive oil, paprika, cumin, and salt until each legume is thoroughly coated, and then roast them at 425 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until crisp.
Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurt is rich in probiotics and protein but low in sugar, making it an ideal snack that can be transformed into a delightful, diabetic-friendly parfait.
Add some berries, a sprinkle of nuts, and a drizzle of sugar-free sweetener like liquid stevia. Voila – you’ve got yourself a Greek yogurt parfait that’s not just a treat for your taste buds but also a win for your blood sugar levels.
Avocado Whole-Grain Bread
Avocado toast has become a trendy food for good reason—it’s not only delicious but also a diabetes-friendly choice. Opt for whole grain bread to add fiber, and top it with mashed avocado for a healthy, filling snack.
If you want to customize it a little, add a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. This snack is a nutrient powerhouse, offering a combination of healthy fats, fiber, and essential vitamins.
Hard-Boiled Eggs with a Twist
Hard-boiled eggs may be a simple snack but they’re also very nutritious and can be easily elevated with a dash of creativity. Boil one or two eggs (depending on how hungry you are) and sprinkle some herbs and spices, such as paprika or dill, for added flavor. Eggs are rich in protein and healthy fats, providing a satisfying and satiating snack that won’t lead to blood sugar spikes.