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Top Snacks for Diabetics

While proper planning is essential for the diabetes diet, finding the right diabetic snacks can be equally important. Healthy, low-carb snacks fight food cravings and help diabetics maintain stable blood sugar levels. These midday munchies can even be a tool for easy weight loss, keeping appetite in check to prevent binge eating.

Physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss agree that the right choice of snacks is a key component in a successful diabetes diet. Those who lose weight can reduce their risk of type II diabetes or more effectively manage or even reverse their condition if they have been diagnosed with diabetes. Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Center says, “We see diabetic patients all the time who lose weight and no longer need insulin.”

The Center’s health experts know the best diet for diabetes is one that encourages low-carb, low-calorie meal plans. Diet is one area of focus for clients at the Centers, from planning nutritious meals to arming themselves with the right diabetic snacks for times when hunger strikes.

So what are the best diabetic snacks? Check out our list, taken from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other sources, to find some of the tastiest, healthiest tidbits!

Low carb diabetic snacks

For snack options with the lowest carbs, add some fresh produce or lean protein to your diabetic diet. Good choices include:

  • One stick of string cheese
  • Snap peas with Caesar dip
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter
  • Cucumber slices with ranch dressing
  • One hard-boiled egg

In addition to their low-carb count, these options also provide a low-calorie means of keeping the stomach from growling between meals.

Medium carb sacks (10-20g. carbs)

For those who need a little more punch – and energy – from their snacks, the following foods are smart options:

  • Apple slices and cheese
  • Light popcorn
  • Black bean salad
  • Whole grain crackers with cottage cheese
  • Tuna salad with crackers

High energy diabetes diet snacks

Getting ready for a workout? These carb-packed snacks are good to eat before you work up a sweat:

  • Light yogurt with fruit
  • Banana with peanut butter
  • Nuts with dried fruit
  • English muffin

Don’t forget to add plenty of water with your snack prior to your workout. Finding ways to beat the munchies is not so hard on a diabetes diet. With these options, you’ll have plenty of delectable treats waiting in your kitchen.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss features one of the most comprehensive diet plans for diabetics, and is committed to helping diabetics and those at risk of the condition find easy weight loss methods that work. There are currently 450 Centers nationwide to help individuals make the right food choices and shed the excess weight. They have produced thousands of stories of weight loss success — let yours be the latest! Enter your zip code in the box at the right to find out if there is a center near you. Special offers are available for first-time visitors at select locations.