What is your favorite diabetes safe snack?

By Leslieluv21 Latest Reply 2014-04-25 22:46:36 -0500
Started 2013-09-01 23:13:08 -0500

Hi everyone. Lately I have been doing well with fighting my sugar cravings but I find that I get a little bit hungry in between meals. Since I was just diagnosed and I don't really know what is safe to eat yet, I wanted to know what you guys have for snacks in between meals? Foods that lower blood glucose? What is okay to have for a type 1 diabetic? Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

35 replies

joemonzo08 2013-09-05 22:44:02 -0500 Report

Pb crackers or crackers and cheese. Now I'm turned onto those nutritional shakes to help regulate your sugar as well, tastes so good

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-05 16:06:23 -0500 Report

Nuts, celery with peanut butter, carrots and ranch, or those nature valley granola thins. They're dipped in chocolate and only have 11 carbs. If your BG is safe, you can have one and take a walk or so some housework and burn it off. Also, sugar free jello and Popsicles when it's hot out.

Leslieluv21 2013-09-05 17:24:32 -0500 Report

Thank you! I've been sticking to carrots and ranch and celery and almond butter, not much. I do like those granola things but since I just got diagnosed. I'm staying away from any granola or oatmeal until I find what works and what doesn't work for me.

cowboyslbug 2013-09-05 15:23:40 -0500 Report

Cucumbers. You can eat as many as you want they are a natural detox and add fibber to your diet. You don't need to add salt or dip, plan is just perfect!

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2013-09-03 22:22:27 -0500 Report

My favorite snack would have to be roasted unsalted sunflower kernals. I try not to eat between meals, but when I do get antsy it makes a simple easy snack. Plus, it doesn't mess with my numbers.

Bun10 2013-09-03 02:31:43 -0500 Report

Dannon light Greek has the least amount of sugar 7 to 9 carbs. Schmuckers (so?) sugar free jam is yummy. Finger jello (3 envelopes of sugar free jello + 4 envelopes of gelatin. You cut it up and eat it with you fingers!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-02 13:23:31 -0500 Report

Lilly's organic GMO free chocolate! Expensive, but 1 bar lasts me a week or so. I Love Chocolate!! So a couple little squares of that usually helps me through my sweet Craving. You can treat yourself once in a while. I eat ice cream occasionally. 1/4 cup and I make sure I bolus for it. I don't eat sugar free because I don't want the chemical sweeteners. That is just my personal choice. I use small amounts of stevia to sweeten my coffee etc. some people have side effects from stevia but I use it sparingly and I don't have a problem with it.
Ive been told by my health care team that I can eat anything I want as long as I cover the carbs with insulin. I choose not to over indulge. I keep my carb intake between 20 and 30 per meal. Again that is my personal choice and it works well for me. :-) You will eventually find your rhythm, the routine that works for you. The important thing is to keep going forward learning and not giving up on taking good care of yourself. Mind, Body, & Spirit.

Leslieluv21 2013-09-02 13:37:33 -0500 Report

You are so full of great information. Thanks so much! I will definitely try the chocolate since I too, LOVE chocolate. Because I am still new to this, I will find my rhythm and what works and what doesn't work for me. Thank you! :) <3

Esco_McStud 2013-09-02 12:57:04 -0500 Report

Well I really don't worry much about the sugar. I am more concerned of the carbs. They are very low in carbs which are a great free food.

KG66 2013-09-02 11:55:48 -0500 Report

I tend to eat A LOT of protein. My usual afternoon snack is lunch meat such as roast turkey breast or ham (not the processed stuff) I'll have a hard boiled egg and some cheese. Been eating it a lot since being diagnosed 2 years ago. I also eat berries, like blackberries and raspberries since they have lot's of fiber! :) Yummy Yummy! :)

Leslieluv21 2013-09-02 12:51:45 -0500 Report

Thanks KG66, that's helpful. What about when you are craving something sweet?

KG66 2013-09-02 15:16:28 -0500 Report

Sometimes I'll eat Yogurt. I found some that are low in carb. They have like 5 carbs each and they are supper yummy! Or my family tends to stock up on dark chocolate covered almonds. I wont go crazy with them I'll have like 4 and it usually helps my cravings.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-02 07:38:18 -0500 Report

Hi Leslieluv, i basically eat a whole food diet. I avoid processed foods. Different foods work differently for everyone. This is a very individualized disease and there is no one size
fits all.
High glycemic foods are obviously sweets like cake, candy, pie etc. also pasta, rice, bread, cereal, crackers etc. some of your veggies such as corn, carrots, beets, peas. Fruits also contain sugars but are generally a better way to have something sweet.
You have to take a bolus according to your I/C ratio regardless. You always have to cover your carbs.
I usually snack on nuts. They are very healthy and are a low glycemic food, which means they are a slow acting carb. Avocados are also a great low carb food, hummus and celery is yummy or celery and peanut butter.
Also, I use the extends snacks. There is a discussion on the board about glucerna products.
It is important for you to make an appointment as soon as possible with a diabetes educator. Keep a food journal keep track of what you eat and how it has effected your sugar. this will also be helpful for your dietician to see what you are doing and help you understand better how insulin & are working in your system. Be sure to have list of questions ready for your appointment.
Always keep juice, glucose tablets, tube of frosting, soda or candy with you. You need to always be prepared for a hypoglycaemic episode.
There are a couple of cool aps I use that have really helped me a lot. Diabetes AP & Calorie King, also Lenny the Lion is a good one with games that help you learn about carbs.
The diabetes ap has a great food data base. I use it every day. Calorie King has a great data
base of brand name foods & chain restaurants.
There is a lot of useful information on this site. And many wonderful folks ready to provide advice and support.
Always be sure though, to seek professional advice when it comes to dealing with your medication.
There is a lot to learn but it does become easier as you go. You had mentioned the fear of the unknown, that has been me all my life. One thing is sure this disease has forced me to face down my fears. Sometimes I think this biggest lesson diabetes has to teach me. Not to be ruled by fear and being confident in my own abilities.
I hope this is helpful to you. :-)

PRINCESS KIMBERLY 2013-09-01 23:24:36 -0500 Report

I have type 2 but I eat sugar free jello cups. They only have 5 calories and no sugar. They do not raise my blood sugar. I love them. They also keep you hydrated.