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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

Special Suggestions

  • 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.

Two Good Summer Daytime Snacks

Yogurt creamsicles

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.

Fruit popsicles

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," 10th Edition, by H. Peter Chase, MD (available by calling 1-800-695-2873).
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2006-10-05
Last reviewed: 2005-12-05
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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