good snacks?

By LeighG Latest Reply 2011-11-04 18:02:58 -0500
Started 2008-06-10 05:53:46 -0500

i was wondering if everyone could tell me about some good snacks to have?i already eat like the 100 cal. pack stuff and apples and peanut butter.i was just wondering about a few diff. things to put in the mix.thank you very much.

40 replies

deuce 2009-09-11 14:11:28 -0500 Report

popsicle does a sugar free fudge sickle that is 10 grams per bar. weight watchers does alot of low carb sweet stuff to. and the small bag of peanut m & m's is only 26 g

Safe 2009-10-28 17:52:37 -0500 Report

Problem for me is an intolerance for Carb Smart or No Sugar Added Fudgesicles, Ice Creams, candy, etc. 'Tis the malitol,sorbitol and others.
I just eat regular low-fat ice creams in lower amounts and popsicles are okay. I am also allergic to nuts, except in small amounts…like 1 Tbsp. I eat no candy and a cookie now and then…not the sugar free…sorbitol again.

midget 2008-09-11 09:50:16 -0500 Report

hello there.
i like apples with peanut butter

Lori Dee
Lori Dee 2008-09-19 06:40:26 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in March, 2008. The snacks that have saved me are apples, oranges, the mini Babybel light cheese rounds, a couple of large green olives, Jello sugar-free puddings (dark chocolate, YUM!), cottage cheese. I am sure I will develop more as I go, but those are my go-to snacks when I have to have something. My favorite need-chocolate-now snack is the low-fat, sugar-free snack size Peppermint Patties. Very good and not a lot of fat OR sugar.

Rita 2008-07-10 08:56:42 -0500 Report

I live to make this snack, Dannon light&fit carb & sugar control strawberry yogurt, organic flax plus multibran cereal, 2 small strawberries, and couple of blueberries. In a cup layer them up.
yogurt and the cereal 133 Cal, 18g Carb, 7g Protein
without the fruits.

Schatze - 17855
Schatze - 17855 2008-06-22 09:44:47 -0500 Report

try the trail mix by Planters. You can get them at Wal Mart and they are only 14 carbs per bag. I have been a diabetic for a little over a year and had a very hard time with it at first. Its still not easy to say the least but I look at the carb content more than the sugar. Its hard to get completely away from sugar, and since I have done the carb watching I have been able to control my diabetes somewhat easier. String cheese is good also. Always watch your carb content and the portion size on the packages. Hope this helps some for you.

LeighG 2008-06-23 01:31:50 -0500 Report

thank you very docter always told me from day one watch carbs and some sugars.he was very strong about me knowing how carbs are the one to watch to get yourself on track.i love my docter he keeps me going telling me all diff ways to keep my self going down the right road.he even tells me when they have the free classes at his office and they really help too.

Elfin 2008-07-04 03:13:42 -0500 Report

Wow! Such a bunch of great ideas. Thanks!. I will say that I have just begun making sure to have some vinegar before my bed time snack and to make sure it contains controlled amounts of carbs, protein and a little fat. That keeps the "dawn" monster at bay (at least so far in the past 2 weeks.) I think a variety of "good" snacks is the best bet to avoid "boring" snacks which can lead to "bad" snacks.

Dawn289 2008-07-10 03:53:56 -0500 Report

Once a week my family has "Ice Cream Night". Iam the only one in my house with diabetes. I keep "lite" whipped cream in my freezer, so when everyone else is making thier sundaes, I get a couple of tablespoons of frozen "lite" whipped cream, only about 3 carbs and 25 calories. You can even find sugar free caramel and chocolate syrups if you want. It's even better with a little fresh fruit mixed in!!!!

Donna Mellow
Donna Mellow 2008-06-21 12:22:43 -0500 Report

I love the flavored rice cakes. I also eat the sugar free pudding and jello cups. only 10 cal per cup. The instant sugar free jello pudding that you have to make has a lot of good flavors. I also make ice pops with crystal light drink mix. I also found no sugar added rice pudding. It's cozy shack brand. Not sure of the calories, but it is sugar free.

LeighG 2008-06-22 02:40:41 -0500 Report

thank you very much for sharring with me.i sow the rice pudding the other day.thats pretty cool.

azmisty 2008-06-21 11:18:03 -0500 Report

I love hummus…I usually buy it at the store but you can make your own(lots of receipes on the internet. I dip in celery or cucumber or baby carrots but my favorite to dip are radishes.

I also love to snack on sugar free popcicles, fudge bars and jello now that it is 115* in Phoenix.


bricksee 2008-06-21 10:14:09 -0500 Report

Have you tried eating string cheese with some veggies as a snack - that used to work for me when I needed a quick pick-me-up when I was working.

That or a Lite Yogurt (be sure to check the carbs on those though as some are a lot higher than others).

LeighG 2008-06-22 02:38:15 -0500 Report

thank you.i never liked string cheese before and now i eat it everyday.not so bad to eat .

angelalouise 2008-06-15 01:58:07 -0500 Report

try carrotts and celery with peanut butter or cream cheese just a tablespoon of either. humus is also good and easy to make if your store does not carry it.
can beans (any kind) garlic onion or scallions, tahinni(2 tablespoons per can) oilve oil one tablsp. and some water to loosen. mash all ingredents or put in food processes. portion size is 1/4 cup eat with six whole wheat salteens.
good luck . angela

LeighG 2008-06-14 03:54:48 -0500 Report

thank you so much everyone for all your help.i am really greatful to have you all to come to find out things i am still learning about hugsss .

jodiiiii 2008-06-15 00:38:07 -0500 Report

I am a huge fan of
(2) laughing cow lite cheese
(3-4) dried figs or 2 Fresh!
CAL: 159 FAT: 6g CARB: 15g PRO:13g
I feel like I can be my old foodie self.

2.5 oz Fage Yogurt (Greek)
1/2 a pear
CAL:91 FAT:0.3g CARB:16g PRO:7g

1/2 Joseph's Oat/Flax Wrap
2 Egg whites
8 spears of asparagus
1 tbsp dijon
Cal:110 Fat: 3g Carb:12g Pro:15g

Type1Lou 2011-11-04 18:02:58 -0500 Report

Dear Jodi, My reference guide shows that dried figs have 5 grams of carb each and a medium fresh fig has 10 grams of carb…of course, it all depends on how big each fig is. I remember having a fresh fig stuffed with mascarpone cheese while on a trip to Australia. It was heavenly! Thanks for bringing back that memory! It makes my mouth water!

Dancehawk 2008-06-13 04:39:59 -0500 Report

All the salad veggies you want there free,
you can have a small handfull of gold fish, animal crackers,
I look at the box see what a serving is and count them out, my hubby got me 3 little bowls with oz on them I use the middle one for my crackers or animal cookies,
you can have the 100 cal popcorn,
healthy choice nuts and my doctor just told me last week south beach is approved so south beach snacks.
Then you have sugarfree icecream and candy, You get a treat and yummm the flavors out there, but you have to do the trade sysyem for those.

Also if you need a snack at bed time to hold you through the night, I started using Extend bars there great, My doctor told me about them so we started ordering them, no more waking up hungry, there good if you are exercising or going to be away from home for several hours and do not want to eat fast food, plus if your sick and recovering they help hold your sugar stable for 9 hours.

worth having on hand with your gluocols tablets,


JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-13 15:26:53 -0500 Report

I bought a few Extendbars at the store tonight… I ate one now before bed, we'll see how it works for me. Didn't taste too bad either. I was surprised to see them in the health food aisle at the grocery store!! I'm the one that goes between Diabetes and Hypoglycemia all on my own.. no drugs, no insulin, just my stupid body… this could be what I've been looking for to help me. When I exercise my sugars drop 90-100 points and I'm sick of glucose tablets… :)

Thanks Dance for mentioning them.. :)


Dancehawk 2008-06-14 04:48:04 -0500 Report

Hugs Judy,
let me know how they do for you.


JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-14 05:16:53 -0500 Report

Well so far so good on the Extendbars! I had the one last night about 10:00pm and this morning got up at 6:00am and went to the Y to work out and in my haste forgot to grab something to eat first. This usually spells disaster for me with a low but today… I only dropped 7 points in 45 min of exercise!!!…usually it's 90-100 in 45 min… so I think I'll use them before exercise rather than before bed. Thanks a million for the tip!

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-20 01:35:49 -0500 Report

Oh Extendbars, where do I begin… LOL Let me first say that they worked great for maintaining my sugars when exercising but I have to say that I won't be using them anymore. These bars contain Malitol syrup as one of the first ingredients and I apparently have a terrible sensitivity to Malitol because I can't eat sugar free candy with it in … I should have known better. My 'innards' are incredibly cleaned out now (if you get my drift) though… LOL

*Judy (JP)

tmana 2008-06-13 02:01:57 -0500 Report

Depending on how much volume you're looking for, trail mix. The usual serving size is 1/4 cup or one ounce, for about 150 calories.

Check store-brand and major-food-brand trail mixes against added sugars and fats. Health-food-brand trail mixes, and trail mixes purchased in bulk, generally (but not always) are made without high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Generally, most fruits run to reasonable caloric levels for a snack. A small to medium-sized orange, 1/2 banana (or a whole one if they're smaller), a dozen or so grapes or cherries, a peach, or two apricots. Do monitor how these affect your blood glucose levels; you may need to moderate them with protein and fat — for example, with a half-tablespoon peanut butter or a reduced-fat string cheese (or mini-Bonbel/mini-Babybel "lite" cheese).

Another option is a "Laughing Cow" or "Swiss Knight" style spreadable cheese wedge atop a flatbread cracker, such as Wasa or Ryvita.

If you want a carb-free (or nearly carb-free) snack, a full-fat string cheese is about 100 calories, as is a full-fat mini-Bonbel cheese. And then there is always the standby hard-boiled egg. The white alone is about 30 calories pure protein, the whole egg is 70-90 calories, protein and fat.

GabbyPA 2008-06-12 14:54:23 -0500 Report

Low sodium sunflower seeds in the shell. These keep my mouth busy for hours with little carbs. I am a "mindless eater" and if I don't have something healthy to snack on, I will look for anything. These save my butt!
The other thing I usually have as a night time snack is a about 4 small dill pickles rolled up in deli meat. Read the lables for carb on the meats, it sneaks in there if you are not careful. Hope that gives you a couple more to pick from.

bricksee 2008-06-12 07:52:34 -0500 Report

I like to have four crackers with peanut butter as a snack - the peanut butter gives me a little protein. As an alternative to the crackers, you might have 1/2 small apple with the peanut butter.

Also if you eat nuts, try almonds rather than the others, better for you.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-06-10 10:00:07 -0500 Report

Here are a few good low-carb snack ideas:

String cheese

Celery and peanut butter

Cucumbers, carrots, raw broccoli, snap peas.

Light yogurt (read the label though, some are higher in sugars/carbs than others)


Sunflower seeds

butterfly_8 2008-07-05 11:46:44 -0500 Report

I was told to be careful with carrots they are high in sugar content. Is this actually true?

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-07-10 03:10:36 -0500 Report

Carrots are higher than some other veggies like cucumbers or celery. But they are still pretty low in carbs.

If you like the baby carrots, they are about 1g of carbohydrates per carrot. So if you ate 15 or 20, you could drive your blood sugar quite high.

But if you're eating 3 or 4 for a quick snack, you're not likely to see a huge spike in your blood sugar.

LeighG 2008-07-10 16:55:06 -0500 Report

thats how i am i walk and get a drink and ill take a few carrots when i am in the fridge just to munch on at times.

Ani 2008-09-10 06:41:24 -0500 Report

Actually to be honest the yougort I go for is Fiber One it is low on sugar and it is good for you. I dont know if youknow but fiber is actually supposed to fill you up.