Tasty and Sensible Snack Strategies

Health & Well Being

Snacking sometimes gets a bad rap. But when done right, snacking can be part of a healthy eating plan for everyone, including people who have diabetes.

Of course, what, when and how much you eat affects your blood sugar. So your snack choices need to fit within your diabetes meal plan. Ask your doctor what your blood sugar targets should be and how to balance food choices with exercise and any diabetes medicines you take.

Snack basics

Many nutritious foods, including some of your favorites, can be good snacks.

Remember that carbohydrates (carbs) raise your blood sugar more than other foods do. Choose fiber-rich, whole-grain carbs instead of refined ones like white bread. You’ll also want to limit sugary, fatty or salty foods.

You may gain more nutrients and achieve steadier blood sugar with a balance of foods. For example, try combining a fiber-rich whole grain with a veggie or with a lean protein like low-fat cheese.

Need inspiration? Try these healthy snack ideas:

  • Whole-grain crackers with string cheese
  • Pre-cut veggies with hummus dip
  • Fruit with plain, nonfat yogurt
  • A handful of unsalted almonds, peanuts or walnuts

Make healthy choices easier

Keeping your snacks on the healthy side is often easier with a little planning. Have a busy week ahead? Cut up some veggies and store them in refrigerated baggies. Portion out some unsalted nuts.

Beyond snack planning

Planning your other meals may also help you save money and time while making healthier choices. Discover how to get started.