Shopping List of Diabetic Snacks

Diabetic snacks are not simply mid-day treats, but are instead a crucial component of the diabetes diet. Since the diabetic diet is focused on maintaining proper blood sugar levels over the course of a day, snacks are a necessary way to keep that regulatory process in check. Not only is snacking important, the types of snacks a diabetic consumes is significant.

The Goal of Snacking
For a diabetic, the purpose of snacking is to keep one's blood sugar levels right in the normal range. If too much time passes without taking in some form of food, the sugar level will drop; people often overcompensate at that point by taking in more than they should, which causes the sugar level to skyrocket.

Regular snacking will prevent a diabetic from feeling lethargic or ill. In order to do this, not only is it important to regularly imbibe in snacks, but it is important to eat the right kind of snacks. Quick rushes of artificial sugar will leave a person's blood sugar levels off-kilter.

What to Have Available
The following items all fit the general carbohydrates/proteins/fats model on which a diabetes diet is based. As with any snacking, it is important to keep portion control in mind.

  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Low-fat popcorn
  • Hummus
  • Wheat crackers
  • Nonfat yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Popcicles
  • Sugar-free Jello
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Thinly sliced low-fat deli turkey breast

When to Snack
Try to schedule eating your snacks at the same time each day. By allowing your body to adapt to a set schedule, you have the best chance of sustaining healthy, normal blood sugar levels.

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