Diabetes: Healthy Daytime Snacks
Snacks help prevent low blood sugar levels and provide energy between meals. Typical snacks contain 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrate. Below are some low-fat snack ideas to try.
Snacks containing 15 grams of carbohydrate:
- 1 medium apple or orange
- 18 small pretzel twists
- 2 popcorn cakes
- 1/2 small bagel with fat-free cream cheese
- 3 cups air popped or low-fat microwave popcorn
- 8 oz. or 1 carton light yogurt
- 4 to 5 vanilla wafers
- 5 to 6 saltine crackers
- 1 1/2 graham crackers
- 1/2 cup low-fat ice cream
- 2 Tbsp raisins
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup sugar-free pudding
- 1 fruit roll-up
- 1 fruit juice bar
Snacks with 30 grams of carbohydrate:
- 1 small bagel with fat-free cream cheese
- 1 oz baked tortilla chips with 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 low-fat granola bar
- 1 large banana or 2 pieces of fruit
- 4 oz individual fruit cup and 1 cup skim milk
- 1 cup Cheerios with 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/4 cup dried fruit
- 2 caramel corn cakes
- 1 cereal bar
- 15 baked potato chips
- 14 animal crackers and 1/2 cup skim milk
- 2 fig cookies and 1 cup skim milk
- Encourage your child to eat fresh fruit rather than juice as a routine snack (unless blood sugar is low).
- Add sugar-free flavorings (such as sugar-free cocoa or milk flavorings) to milk, if needed.
- If your child is still hungry after the snack, offer water, popsicles made with diet pop or Kool-Aid, or carrot sticks or celery in a dish with cold water and ice cubes.
- Don't make issues of food jags or eating crazes. They usually pass.
- Insulin should be taken to balance the carbohydrates. Ideally, insulin should be taken 10 to 15 minutes before the snack.
- If low blood sugars happen repeatedly at the same time of day, or if your child exercises for a long time, a snack may help prevent low blood sugar.
Two Good Summer Daytime Snacks
Combine 1/2 cup plain skim milk yogurt (1/2 carb) with 1/2 cup fruit juice concentrate, undiluted (3 carbs). Freeze in popsicle molds until solid. This snack equals 3 carb choices.
Blend 1 cup fresh fruit: berries, peaches, or bananas (2 carbs) with 1/2 cup apple juice concentrate, undiluted (3 carbs). Freeze in popsicle molds until solid. This snack equals 5 carb choices.
Abstracted from the book, "Understanding Diabetes," 11th Edition, by H. Peter Chase, MD (available by calling 1-800-695-2873).
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2009-08-20
Last reviewed: 2010-05-11
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