Top 20 Best Convenient Diabetic Snacks

When my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes one of the hardest things for me was to come up with meals and snacks that would taste good, would give him proper nutrition and also would keep his blood glucose levels in check.

Diabetic Snacks

While he was at home I could monitor his food intake and make changes if he didn’t like something. During the school days however it was a different story. I had to make sure that the snacks and meals I pack in his lunchbox would be eaten.

For diabetics it is not only about watching sugar and carbohydrate intake……. It is about carefully choosing foods and snacks mostly with fiber and protein while watching carbohydrates, calories, fat and sodium.

My son’s diabetic team was very helpful with designing his menu plan and suggesting snacks……it was up to me to make sure that my diabetic child is well being taken care of.

Few years ago I read an article in Diabetic Living about selecting smart snacks for diabetics when grocery shopping.

With the help of that article and their research my son and I made a list of top 20 diabetic snacks he liked.

I keep that list on my fridge for a quick reference and snack ideas.

I do prefer to make meals and snacks from scratch or serve them in their natural state, but sometimes you just don’t have the option or time. That’s when the convenience of prepackaged foods kicks in.

Top 20 Convenient Diabetic Snacks:

  1. Honey Maid Cinnamon Rolls Thin Crisps (100 calories, 16g carbs, 3g fat, 115mg sodium)

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  3. Sun-Maid Mediterranean Apricots (per 1/4 cup – 100 calories, 23g carbs, 0g fat, 15mg sodium, 3 g fiber)

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  5. Triscuit Thin Crips Quattro Formaggio (15 crackers – 140 calories, 22g carbs, 4.5g fat,160g sodium, 3g fiber)

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  7. Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop!94% Fat Free Butter (3.5cup – 120 calories, 25g carbs, 2g fat, 240g sodium, 4g fiber)

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  9. Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light (50 calories, 0g carbs, 3g fat, 6g protein, 160mg sodium)

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  11. Planters Harvest California Almonds (25 nuts – 160calories, 6g carbs, 14g fat, 6 g protein, 95mg sodium, 3g fiber)

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  13. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Oats ‘N Honey Bars (2 bars – 180 calories, 29g carbs, 6g fat, 4g protein, 2g fiber, 160mg sodium)

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  15. Plocky’s Original Three Grain Tortilla Chips (1 oz – 129 calories, 24g carbs, 4g fat, 2g protein, 2g fiber, 90mg sodium)

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  17. Quaker Snack Mix – Baked Cheddar (3/4cup – 130 calories, 19g carbs, 4.5g fat, 2g protein, 1g fiber, 230mg sodium)

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  19. Del Monte Fruit Naturals – No Sugar Added Peach Chunks (1/2cup – 40 calories, 12g carbs, 0g fat, 1g protein, 2 g fiber, 0g sodium)

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  21. Simply Jif Creamy Peanut Butter (2Tbsp – 190 calories, 6g carbs, 16g fat, 8g protein, 2g fiber, 65mg sodium)

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  23. Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar 100 Calorie Mini Bites (per pack – 100 calories, 12g carbs, 4.5g fat, 2g protein, 1g fiber, 110mg sodium)

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  25. Dannon Activia Light Nonfat Yogurt (4oz – 70 calories, 13g carbs, 0g fat, 5g protein, 3g fiber, 75mg sodium)

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  27. Genisoy Soy Crisps – Rich Cheddar Cheese (17 chips – 120 calories, 13g carbs, 4.5g fat, 7g protein, 2g fiber, 190mg sodium)

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  29. Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers (15 crackers – 130calories, 22g carbs, 3g fat, 3g protein, 2g fiber, 160mg sodium)

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  31. Planters Harvest Dark Chocolate Forest Blend Trail Mix (1/4cup – 170 calories, 18g carbs, 10g fat, 4g protein, 3g fiber, 45mg sodium)

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  33. Dannon Activia Strawberry Dairy DrinkĀ  (160 calories, 27g carbs, 3g fat, 6g protein, 1g fiber, 60mg sodium)

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  35. Jell-O Sugar Free Chocolate Vanilla Swirls Pudding Snacks (60 calories, 12g carbs, 1.5g fat, 2g protein, 180mg sodium)

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  37. Praeventia Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 pouch – 150 calories, 21g carbs, 6g fat, 2g protein, 4g fiber, 95mg sodium)

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  39. Kettle Baked Potato Chips – Hickory Honey BBQ ( 1 oz – 120 calories, 21g carbs, 3g fat, 3g protein, 2g fiber, 160mg sodium)

Diabetic Snacks

Important part to remember is that prepackaged and convenient snacks are to help in times when homemade is not an option and as a treat. Fresh and natural foods are always the best option.

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22 Responses to “Top 20 Best Convenient Diabetic Snacks”

  1. What a smart idea to keep that list handy and to go for the prepackaged variety, it teaches your son the importance of portion control for his diabetes. I’m curious, is the diet for both Type I and Type II basically the same?

    • Bibi says:

      Karen, it’s not the same, but the principle is very similar. Type 2 diabetics really need to watch for sugar intake and fat because many times they have weight issues hence the type 2 diabetes.

  2. Mariah says:

    Thank you for these great suggestions! My mom is borderline diabetic and in support of her, we try to keep things she can eat around and not a bunch of stuff that would tempt her. These will definitely help me stock the pantry!

  3. Marie Noelle says:

    That’s so great!! I’ll forward this link to my dad, he’ll be thrilled I’m sure!!!

  4. Carla says:

    This is a great list, Bibi. Wouldn’t hurt me to choose some of these snacks over other more sugary stuff! I agree that fresh and natural foods are best. Have you heard of Pure Organic bars? They are wonderful tasting and healthy snack bars that are packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants. And they taste good!

    • Bibi says:

      No Carla, I haven’t heard of them. They are probably not available in Canada, but I will keep eye on them while we are in States. Thanks for the tip.

  5. April H says:

    Great list! You should check out Two Moms in the Raw – they have some wonderful, healthy products – like something you’d cook yourself, but you don’t have to!

  6. Lisa Taylor says:

    Great list! My father in law is diabetic,and it looks like my mom may be. Definitely something to keep handy. Thanks Bibi! :-)

  7. I love the last point you made that “prepackaged and convenient snacks are to help in times when homemade is not an option and as a treat. Fresh and natural foods are always the best option”.

    Thanks for stopping by Our Fruitful Vine.

  8. These are really good examples— esp the peanut butter and the nuts!

  9. I can’t imagine how tough it must be to be a diabetic… and trying to raise a diabetic child must feel impossible on some days!
    These snacks look great… and not just because they all look yummy, but because most look “normal.” I know when I was a kid, nobody wanted to be the one at the lunch table who opened their lunch box to expose all kinds of “weird” foods because their mom was on some strange diet-kick. These look like snacks any other kid might want in their lunchbox. Great job, mom! : )

    • Bibi says:

      I know exactly what you mean. Some people still think healthy food must be weird. I had issues with principle of his elementary school checking out his lunch box every day and questioning what’s in it till I asked her not very nicely to stop.

  10. awesome list, what a good idea!

    My neighbour was diagnosed recently and we are always hanging out and trying to get snacks that he can enjoy too. Thank you!

  11. Great post with yummy snack ideas for anyone, really :) , Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  12. Mama Alvina says:

    I know what you mean when you say one of the hardest things for you was to come up with meals and snacks that would taste good, would give him proper nutrition and also would keep his blood glucose levels in check. Our family is vegetarian and I share the same thoughts. Some things that look good or taste good are not always good for you, so reading and understanding the labels is essential. Thanks for such a great list of healthy choices. ;0)

  13. PJ says:

    HI there! I know the feeling quite well. I’m a diabetic adult with type 2, and I still have problems with that same thing. Mainly because everything is sOOOO expensive! I have yet to figure out why if the word healthy is associated with something, the price goes up 10 fold! LOL!

    God Bless,

    • Bibi says:

      I know exactly what you are talking about…..unhealthy food and junk food is very cheap and anything that is healthy is so unreasonable. Manufacturers know that people will pay it and that’s the problem.

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