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Guide to Diabetic Snacking: Choosing and Preparing Snacks for Diabetes Meal Plans

One of the common issues discussed by people meal planning for diabetes involves snacks and snacking.

Some people think a diabetic snack is supposed to be a zero-calorie sweet treat during the day, some think it’s supposed to be just for the carbs, and others think snacks are off limits all-together.

Well, here’s the good news – snacks can be good for you! And this holds true for everyone, including people living with diabetes.

Snacks can help supply your body with nutrients that aren’t in other meals and may help control blood glucose levels. Just be careful that the snacks you choose are part of your overall eating plan and aren’t extra “empty calorie” foods.

Well planned, nutritious snacks can prevent you from being so hungry that you eat too many empty calorie foods.

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Young children may not be able to eat all the food they need at a mealtime. Their caloric needs may be as high as some adults – however, they have smaller stomachs. Snacks should be offered according to their meal plan, which is usually 1-1/2 or 2 hours before meals and should be given at the same time each day.

If you have type 1 diabetes, snacks help to control changes in blood glucose levels. Snacks are planned when insulin is peaking and for physical activity.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, snacks help to spread calories evenly throughout the day to help the insulin that the body makes work better and to keep blood glucose levels in better control.

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Tips for Healthy Snacking for Diabetes Diets


List of Diabetic Snacks

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Remember – when you snack, make sure the food you eat fits into your meal plan. Eating too much, or the wrong snack, can cause blood glucose levels to go up, and you may eat more calories than you want.

Fresh fruit is a good choice for a snack.

Diabetic Friendly Snack Recipes

Crunchy Snack Mix [3]

Trending Snack for your Diabetic Snack List [4]

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Sweet and Crunchy Nuts [5]

Turkey Veggie Snacks [6]

Snackers Crackers [7]

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds [8]


Sources: DHHS Nebraska; Healthy Diabetes Recipes and More; Nebraska Diabetes Prevention & Control Program