Hi, I will be coaching baseball and need to bring some diabetic-friendly snacks along. What do you recommend?
What you bring for snacks depends in part on how your diabetes is treated. For example, if you manage your diabetes with meal planning and physical activity alone, or with medicines that do not put you at risk for low blood glucose (e.g. metformin), you might want to bring no-carb or lower-carb snacks. Some ideas include raw vegetables, air-popped popcorn, boiled eggs, nuts, string cheese and lowfat cottage cheese. For snacks that contain carbohydrate, aim for about 15 to 20 grams of carb per serving. Examples include a small piece of fruit, 4-6 ounces of light-style or Greek-style yogurt, 4-6 whole grain crackers, or 1 ounce of pretzels or baked tortilla chips. If you’re particularly active while you’re coaching and need more carbohydrate, granola or energy bars are an option, as well (try to choose bars that have no more than about 30 grams of carb per serving). Also, make sure you know how much carb to aim for. If you need guidance, meeting with a dietitian can be helpful.