Crunchy Low Carb Snacks

By VickieF Latest Reply 2016-11-22 15:57:14 -0600
Started 2011-01-27 05:25:56 -0600

I was wondering how many really good tasting, Low Carb foods we could find for snacks. Some of us are having a hard time finding snacks that will not do in our reselutions to Loose weight and/or keep our blood sugars under control or get them there. Let's be creative and help eachother here. LOL My first thought and one I use is Letus. It crunches and not many carbs at all. And it tast good.

55 replies

WenNCooper 2011-02-01 20:23:10 -0600 Report

Where do you find the 85% cocoa? The only nuts I like are peanuts and they aren't the healthiest.

GabbyPA 2011-02-02 08:35:36 -0600 Report

I get my bars from the grocery store. They are usually on the top shelf because they are specialty stuff in the candy aisle. So you have to be careful and not get distracted by all the other sweets.

Karentaylor 2011-02-01 19:37:40 -0600 Report

Yeah, for crunch I like almonds or cashews, for sweet I like Hershey's sugar-free Special Dark Bars, and for fullness I like high-fiber toast with almond butter and low-sugar jam.

GabbyPA 2011-02-01 07:52:50 -0600 Report

I have a new one...frozen chocolate. I eat the 85% cocoa and I keep it in the freezer. I didn't think of it until today...must be a chocolate kind of day. LOL But that snap and having to slow down and enjoy it helps me eat less.

VickieF 2011-02-02 00:55:33 -0600 Report

Yes Gabby, Where would one find the 85%cocoa? Sounds good. In what form do you buy it? I was thinking that if it is a meltable or liquid it would be great with Copped or slivered nuts (favorite) added to it. Even more yummy and satisfing.

vgarrison 2011-02-01 14:21:53 -0600 Report

what a great idea about freezing it…kind of reminds me of the advice my mom gave me about placing my credit cards in water and then freezing…if you still want something after its unfrozen then you can use the card…having the chocolate frozen does make you slow down on it…awsome!!

Ridgewalker 2011-01-31 12:38:11 -0600 Report

Best crunchy snack for diabetes - nuts and seeds. Why? Because they are extremly low glycemic (won't raise your blood sugar at all) and are hugely nutritious (we're all magnesium and B complex deficient with diabetes), and prevent heart attack because they have healthy oils and fiber. You won't gain weight with nuts because they lower your insulin levels. As a newly diagnosed type II your insulin levels are probably sky high and this is what causes insulin resistance, (and type II diabetes) too high insulin levels. Add nuts to any dish to reduce the glycemic load of the whole dish.

VickieF 2011-01-31 14:09:11 -0600 Report

Thank You, Ridgewalker. This is the whole reason for this discussion. To help all of us find the lowest glycemic, healthiest snacks. I said Crunchy because I myself find that crunchy seams to be a little more satisfying. I think it is simply the little extra effort that the crunch has when chewing it. Although most of us can eat nuts there are many that can not due to alergies. So lets keep looking, ok.

Ridgewalker 2011-01-31 20:46:48 -0600 Report

I've never heard of someone allergic to all nuts. The latest stats are 1.1 % of all people in the USA have a peanut or tree nut allergy. So what you're saying makes no sense. Nuts are the best snack for diabetics, period!

VickieF 2011-01-31 23:26:15 -0600 Report

Sorry you feel that way Ridgewalker. But I stand firm that Every diabetic allergic to nuts or not has the right to a healthy and fun snack. No argument intended. :)
And I have met a few people that were allergic to Nuts period. Granted it is not common, but does happen.

rij061258 2011-06-21 23:22:34 -0500 Report

Like me, I can't eat cashews, they spike my bs too high. But other nuts don't. I'm buying Planters Nut-rition Heart Healthy Mix. It has peanuts, almonds, walnuts,hazelnuts,pistashios and pecans. Sorry to say I don't eat the pecans because I do't like them but I eat the rest and have had no spikes after eating them. They are my new salty snack.

RAYT721 2011-01-29 21:23:29 -0600 Report

Ooops… I missed the word "crunchy" when I started writing this but I am submitting anyway for others looking for snack ideas and options. It is funny every time my wife comments, "you don't listen to me…" I reply with, "I'm sorry, what would you saying."

Before I begin listing my favorite snacks, let me make sure you are conscious about reading food labels because sometimes low carb does not mean low fat or low sodium or "healthy."

My two favorite things begin for me as breakfasts for most days but have been known to be snacks as well: Light & Fit Yogurt and Atkrin (r) bars. Most products come in different varieties. I am name dropping (brands) because I have shopped around and these are my two favs and the healthiest choices that I have found.

You will find me going nuts over nuts (watch sodium), eating lean lunch meat and cheese (watch fat and nitrates), low fat milk, a can or two of beer (don't get polluted), baked chips instead of fried, low fat string cheese, side salads or misc crunchies like radishes or cukes or ???.

Ever make low carb pizzas? YUM … They are awesome on tortillas instead of doughy bread. Read the labels or nutrition guides for sauces, cheeses, etc.

Think about oatmeal, bran flake cereals, quinoa and other true grains.

Everyone's tastebuds and tolerance to foods are different. Make up a list of foods as you find them that work for you and with you.

Food should not be a four-letter word!

rij061258 2011-06-21 23:26:21 -0500 Report

Ray, do you use thelow carb high fiber tortillas? Give me some ideas on your pizzas. I have found I really can't eat more than 1 slice of bought pizza. No mater who's it is.

VickieF 2011-01-29 22:19:53 -0600 Report

Thank You RAYT721, You did a very nice job adding the crunchy to your list. And If you read some of the others on here we have All gotten off the track of as to the crunchy. Oh, but the information and recipies shared are great. I totally need All the ideas and help are great. Great job!

Rainerm 2011-01-29 11:27:02 -0600 Report

I am a big-time evening snacker! To make things worse, my husband has a sweet tooth. I have him put his Little Debbies and cookies up where I cannot reach them! I also try to stock my fridge/cupboards with things like mini popcorn bags(really good with a spritz of margarine and a sprinkle of parm. cheese), sugar free jello, snack cheese/string cheese, nuts, and cottage cheese. I have also found that if I pair one of these high protein foods with a small handfull of fruit (maybe 8-10 grapes or blueberries) the protein causes my sugar to stay more level then if I ate the fruit alone. Be careful with fruit though, because it actually has a lot of carbs!
I am also a big peanut butter fan, however, it is soo bad for you! My dietician (sp?) said that if you buy the 'all-natural' peanut butter, it is much healthier, like eating a handful of nuts! So, I bought the 'all-natural' peanut butter and add that protein to a slice of bread for a 15 carb meal.

MewElla 2011-01-29 10:43:51 -0600 Report

Low carb pizzas, now your talking. That sounds easy and mighty tasty. I would just leave the hot sauce off. This is on my short list to do…Thanks, much!!

Kirla 2011-01-29 10:39:11 -0600 Report

For snacks I like seeds and nuts. For my mid morning snack I have 1 oz of sunflower seeds most days. After lunch I eat 1 oz of peanuts. At night I eat 1-2 oz’s of almonds. Nuts and seeds make excellent snacks and they don’t spike your blood sugar.

Recently I have been making low carb pizzas. I found some low carb wraps and pita bread. I tried cutting the pita bread in half but found the crust was to thin. Now I just use the while thing. I cover the pita bread or wrap with some low carb no sugar added pasta sauce. I make a sloppy joe dish with ground turkey. I fry onions, peppers and glaric along with some Italian spices and mixed them with the fried ground turkey. Add a little tomato sauce and it taste pretty good. I add the sloppy joe mix on top of the sauce and cover with some cheese. You can add mushrooms, onions, peppers, sausage, pepperoni or whatever topping you like as long as there low carb. Taste pretty good topped with some hot sauce.

The turkey sloppy joe is great for lots of things. For lunch I put 2-3 onces of it in a small bowl. I add some salsa, flax seeds, hot sauce and cheese on top. Heat in microwave for a min or two until the cheese melts, mix and eat. Its great. I also use the sloppy joe mix and wrap in the low carb wrap along with some salsa, hot sauce and cheese and toast for about 10-20 minutes until the wrap toasts and cheese melts.

I find there are a lot of dips that are low carb. I like the French onion dip. Its great to dip celery, broccoli, carrots or whatever vegetables you like. Makes a great snack and its all low carb also.

I bought an ice cream machine last year and make low carb ice cream. I mix one cup of nut milk with one cup of low carb plain greek yogurt with a couple scoops of vanilla or chocolate low carb protein shake mix with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and mix in ice cream machine. I bought the kind that you freeze the bowl in the freezer. Just pour in the ingredients add the cover and mixing blade and about 20 minutes later you have low carb ice cream. Lately I have been adding canned pumpkin along with ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ginger with a pinch of gloves and have been making pumpkin ice cream. Sometimes when making vanilla ice cream I add a tablespoon of low carb sugar free jam and it taste pretty good. I blend all ingredients in a blender and keep in the refrigerator for a few hours before mixing. I found that keeping it in the frig works better.

Good luck

dressage 2016-11-22 15:57:14 -0600 Report

let me suggest, sounds like too much work. Breyer's makes great 4 carb ice cream at half the cost and none of the work! My kind of day, especially when you are disabled, as I am. No muss, no fuss. However, does not address the need for a great crunchy snack. Sick to death of nuts and raw veg's. Before dinner my husband, who is also diabetic, and I are starved and want to snack on something filling and crunchy. Potato chips, cheetos or caramel corn sound great, but not an option..

VickieF 2011-01-29 12:47:11 -0600 Report

Kirla, Thank Youfor the recipies. They really sound great.Do you have any more?
I know I for one would like to gather them and maybe have some dear family and friends that support me over to try some of the wonderful things that every one is sharing.
God Bless All,

Kirla 2011-01-29 14:22:17 -0600 Report


I post most of what I eat on my blog. Got lots of recipes. Some of the stuff I posted here isn’t there. I use soy flour a lot. A lot of people will not eat it. I like it and so does my blood sugar. I see your type 2 using insulin. I usually don’t offer advice for people taking insulin. I don’t use any drugs at all. Control with just diet. Anyway my recipes are here click the link.

The link above is for Almond Milk. Once on my site there is a list of recipes on the right side of the page all you have to do is click on one of them. Not all recipes have soy flour in them.

Good luck

VickieF 2011-01-29 20:30:41 -0600 Report

Thank you so much. I am really just adjusting to the diet and change of well every thing. I was doing really good with it and the pills, then they really started messing with my body so I had to be taken off of them. So I wanted to start over completely with all of it. Even what I thought I was doing so well with before I find I was not really doing it the right way. So I can use All the help I can get. Thank You Kevin.

Kirla 2011-01-30 14:20:34 -0600 Report


Not to sure if you read what I do or not but I will post anyway just in case.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

VickieF 2011-01-30 22:43:17 -0600 Report

I like this Kevin. I have been very buisy the last few day unfortunetly. I am however enjoying finding the new friends and information on here. LOL I do promise I will get back on your site soon just to spend time reading more. I did go there the other day, but had to hurry and get off of it due to things to do. Thank goodness There are only a few days a month that are so buisy.

vgarrison 2011-01-29 00:49:17 -0600 Report

I like to take a nice sliced hard salami and eat it with some smoked guoda…any meat or cheese is great for me…I'll sometimes eat it with some whole wheat crackers, but mostly i just eat the meat and cheese alone…yuuummmmyyyyy!!

VickieF 2011-01-29 02:24:42 -0600 Report

vgarrison, that sounds great. I iave never tried guoda cheese. I think I will have to do just that. lol

Harlen 2011-01-27 12:32:01 -0600 Report

If you fined anny PLEASE LET ME KNOW
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2011-01-27 07:38:59 -0600 Report

When I have the munchies for crunchies, I reach for a couple of kinds of snacks. I like cucumbers just raw and in thick slices. I also like celery with some home made hummus. My less calorie friendly, but carb friendly crunchie is pork rinds. I try not to eat them too often, but they fill a need sometimes.

VickieF 2011-01-27 14:25:46 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby. I have verey bad teeth and can not eat celery. Hummm sounds good though and Pork rinds yummy. Hey, i just thought of a good snack. Almost every one likes POPCORN. Yeah Boring. Not! let's try doing something that I saw on tv the other night.Granted they were Not counting carbs. lol But I am not supposed to have many fats either. What kind of flavors can we add to it to fake our taste buds out. We all like cheese or lots of butter on it. How about turning it into a sweettreat. Why not try adding a little cinimon and sweet and low? I have to try that. lol When I get hungry and can't find what it is, it is ussually for something sweet.

jkwheel 2011-01-28 15:01:09 -0600 Report

I like a little chilli powder or Mrs. dash extra spicy for a neat kick and the pepper seems to help regultate my sugars.

VickieF 2011-01-28 16:15:12 -0600 Report

jkwheel, You know that actually makes sense. when I was looking things up before I found that foods with heat to them make ones metabolism work faster, thus using more of your bodies excess sugars.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-01-28 15:32:11 -0600 Report

I found that to be true as well. This week I mince dcarrots, green pepper, celery (cause I was missing Kung Pao Chicken) into a small skillet with grapeseed oil. After it got going good I added leftover 4 brown/wild rice. I roasted chicken with some hot sauce ready and chopped it. It made a wonderful substitute! Also no MSG or extra salt and fat. My sugars went down, so I did it for supper the next 3 days…down, down, down to 113. That's the lowest since Aug 3 (a memorable 397). I had to give up Mrs. Dash cause it has a little sugar and a little gluten, so I create with the base spices and then sprinkle.

GabbyPA 2011-01-28 07:47:52 -0600 Report

I love popcorn, but it doesn't love me. Any kind of corn spikes me out of sight. I avoid corn and corn products as much as possible. And let me tell you, it is hard to avoid. It's in everything!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-30 07:42:14 -0600 Report

Yes, you would be shocked to see what ingredients are made from corn product. It is staggering and very deceiving. I compiled a list off the the movie Food Inc. I found that it is in my stevia products that are not 100% stevia. I was so bummed. Anything that has a thickening agent in it has corn. Things that are dry and fluffy has types of corn starches in the that are not labeled as corn, but other names. So now I have to read ingredients more carefully. That is why it is better for me to just buy food that requires no labels.

I found a recipe for dehydrated cauliflower that is yummy like popcorn but has no carbs. Just the way I like it. LOL

squog master
squog master 2011-01-27 23:12:33 -0600 Report

Popcorn's a good snack. I have a microwave popper so can make it w/o fat. I use a little cooking spray on it so some different flavorings will stick. I use different spices like garlic or onion powder or Parm or Romano cheeses. Also it's a Whole Grain so good fiber.

VickieF 2011-01-27 18:20:35 -0600 Report

My one Big snack, You know the one that no matter what is always satisfing, is half a dozen grapes on ritz crakers and sharp chedder cheese. It has that sweet and tangy crunch to it. So it always seems to just hit the spot.

VickieF 2011-01-27 18:26:05 -0600 Report

As I was hitting reply I thought of another one. Popcorn and apple slices. Did you know that that combination tastes like carmel apples. Take a small sweet apple and core and slice it, easy. take a bite of both and Yumm. LOL come on and let's put our thinking caps on. Popcorn is a great sourse of fiber too, by the way. But we need some variety. Any thoughts?

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