snacks for diabetics

Snacks help prevent low blood sugar levels and provide energy between meals. Typical snacks contain 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrate. Below are some low-fat snack ideas to try.

Snacks containing about 15 grams of carbohydrate:
1 medium apple or orange
18 small pretzel twists
2 popcorn cakes
1/2 small bagel with fat-free cream cheese
3 cups air popped or low-fat microwave popcorn
8 ounces or 1 carton light yogurt
4 to 5 vanilla wafers
5 to 6 saltine crackers
1 1/2 graham crackers
1/2 cup low-fat ice cream
2 Tbsp raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sugar-free pudding
1 fruit roll-up
1 fruit juice bar

Snacks with about 30 grams of carbohydrate:
1 small (2 ounce) bagel with fat-free cream cheese
1 oz baked tortilla chips with 1/4 cup salsa
1 low-fat granola bar
1 large banana or 2 pieces of fruit
4 ounce individual fruit cup and 1 cup skim milk
3/4 to 1 cup low sugar cereal with 1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup dried fruit
2 caramel corn cakes
1 cereal bar
15 baked potato chips
14 animal crackers and 1/2 cup skim milk
2 fig cookies and 1 cup skim milk
Special Suggestions
Encourage your child to eat fresh fruit rather than juice as a routine snack (unless blood sugar is low).
Add sugar-free flavorings (such as sugar-free cocoa or milk flavorings) to milk, if needed.
If your child is still hungry after the snack, offer water, popsicles made with diet pop or Kool-Aid, or crunchy vegetables like carrot sticks and celery. Don’t make issues of food jags or eating crazes. They usually pass.
If low blood sugars happen repeatedly at the same time of day, or if your child exercises for a long time, a snack may help prevent low blood sugar. If low blood sugar continues to be a problem, talk to your healthcare provider about changing your child’s insulin dose.
Two Good Summer Daytime Snacks

Combine:
1/2 cup plain skim-milk yogurt (1/2 carb)
1/2 cup fruit juice concentrate, undiluted (3 carbs)

Freeze in popsicle molds until solid.

The total mixture equals about 3 and 1/2 carb choices and makes about 4 Creamsicles or 1 carb choice per Creamsicle.

Fruit popsicles

Blend:
1 and 1/2 cup fresh fruit: berries, peaches, or bananas (2 carbs)
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate, undiluted (3 carbs)

Freeze in popsicle molds until solid.

The total mixture equals 5 carb choices and yields about 5 popsicles, or 1 carb choice per popsicle

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