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Eating with Diabetes: Smart Snacking

20 Diabetes-Friendly Snack Ideas


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  • 20- 30 is what a diabetic should have in a day. And sugar kills. Fruit should be low carb and limited. Cheese, boiled eggs, dill pickle slice are better choices. - 11/15/2016 12:14:05 PM
  • My husband I are both diabetic. He eats whatever he wants and seems to do fine, with the exception of occasional high levels. I, on the other hand, try to eat correctly, haven't quite figured it out yet. I'm here on SP hoping to figure it out. I eat breakfast usually around 5:45, have to be at work at 7, get a 15 minute break around 10,(depending on my workload), and I'm off at 12, and we eat dinner around 5:15. I try to eat something healthy for snack but having trouble with portion control. I usually eat a snack before bedtime cause I go to bed around 11. When I check my levels in the morning they are 140-150, which is not bad but most of the time its 100-115. It's just so frustrating trying to figure this out. - 8/16/2016 6:50:43 PM
  • Working on breaking the ingrained belief that snacking is "bad." - 4/25/2016 7:25:24 PM
  • 1BOBBBI_60
    I eat my meals @....6:30am....10am....12pm....2pm....5pm.
    ...7pm - 4/24/2016 2:13:11 PM
  • I'm a 3pm snacker - i get bone tired at that time, but a snack doesn't really do the trick, because then I get bored. Working on it. 8-) - 1/28/2016 5:51:01 PM
  • always looking for good snack ideas
    - 1/22/2016 11:33:26 AM
  • 15 grams of carbs for a snack without any added protein? THat would have me needing insulin in a hurry instead of being able to keep myself controlled with oral medication and diet. This advise is definitely not a 'one size fits all' option, and I wish diabetes educators would realize that some people really are able to do well with a food plan with less carbs so insulin is not needed instead of acting like the only healthy food plan includes at least 30 grams per meal and 15 grams per snack and pushing everyone on insulin. No thanks. - 8/18/2014 11:30:46 AM
  • This was a great article, especially since it urges us to learn and know about how our own bodies react. I restart SparkPeople to prepare for a doctor's appointment - so I could show what I have been doing and that we could figure out together what's going wrong. I have always know that I couldn't have 3 fruits in a day or that bananas makes my sugar go banana (excuse the pun). Today I will not follow the food plan exactly but eat and monitor blood sugar levels. It will be a test day. - 4/16/2014 7:09:16 AM
  • I am going to be brutally honest. The diabetes educator nearly put me in the hospital, and her advice caused an 8 pound weight gain in just 2 weeks.

    I have discovered (the hard way) that self education and the assistance of a real certified nutritionist to be far far far more valuable than the diabetic center in the closest city to my rural home.

    Just because someone in "authority" tell you something, doesn't make it gospel. Know yourself, know your body, and test your blood sugars to be sure their advice is appropriator for you. - 4/10/2014 12:14:11 PM
  • I find myself needing a snack at night. My go to is low calorie whole wheat bread and 2 tbsp low fat smooth peanut butter and 8 ounces of fat free milk. My sugars tend to spike very low about 4-5 hours after dinner so this ensures that it comes up enough and stays up diuring the night. My morning sugars are well within normal range for fasting so I am doing okay. I had discussed it with my Diabetic Specialist and Peanut butter is a very good choice. I add a whole grain for the fiber and healthy benefit and the milk well a peanut butter sandwich always tastes better with an ice cold glass of fat free milk. - 12/6/2013 2:54:24 PM
    I agree with the poster who wrote "these suggested foods contain absorbinate amounts of artificial sweetners, high fructose corn syrup, and highly processed meats and cheeses that are very high in sodium content, none of which are good for your health!" In fact, I find it shocking to see a photo of a large bowl of fruit at the top of this article. It reminds me of the Weight Watchers ads that show big pieces of frosted cake. Let's face reality. There are good snacks and a large bowl of fruit is not in that category. A small bowl of berries, yes. A small bowl of berries with sliced almonds atop, yes. - 4/14/2013 12:07:59 AM
  • If you are having that much trouble keeping your glucose at high enough levels througout the day and night it likely means you need an insulin adjustment! Consult your endo and eplain what is happening and that you are on this program. As a Nurse Practitioner I can assure you that they don't want you taking more insulin than you need and will be glad to work with you as you work toward healthy goals - 3/18/2013 2:54:22 PM
  • I'm finding it hard to keep my sugars stable enough during the day with the calories allowed me, but impossible to have my sugars high enough to go to bed Take tonight for example. I used up all my calories keeping my sugars stable during the day, but had a low of 77 right before I was due to go to bed - and required a sugar hit and a long-acting (low GI) snack to see me through the night - sending me way over my calories for the day - which happens at least three times a week. I have also noticed that many articles are aimed squarely at the Type 2 diabetics not on insulin, not at those of us who are on insulin for sugar control. I have reduced my insulin by 75%, but I require some every day. It is a balancing game that even after 13 years with diabetes I still cannot get right - and nor can my diabetic educator, my gp or my endocrinologist. I just want to lose weight, but my sugars won't let me :( - 3/18/2013 10:03:26 AM
    Amy, based on personal experience, I strongly disagree with the carb amounts per meal or snack you recommend for diabetics. They seem way too high. Have you considered the findings in "The Diabetes Solution" by Richard K. Bernstein, MD?

    Following Dr. Bernstein's recommendations of low-carb eating helped my husband control his Type 2 diabetes with diet alone, getting him off 20 years of high doses of medication. The moment he reverts back to the carb levels you recommend, he needs his meds again... - 2/25/2013 12:42:14 PM
  • I usually do 2 snacks a day. Between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. If my day is light and I have calories to spare I do something sweet for dessert after dinner that won't make me go over on my calories. - 2/10/2013 4:03:07 PM

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