Diabetes and Snacks: What to Know

Smarter Snacking

You don’t have to deny yourself treats. Just enjoy them in moderation. If you crave chocolate, have a square of dark chocolate. If you’re in the mood for ice cream, order a kids’ sized cone or get a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt instead.

Even a healthy snack can cause you to gain weight if you eat too much. And that could make it harder to control your diabetes. That’s why it’s important to keep your snacks small. Don’t bring a family-sized bag of popcorn or box of cookies into the den while you watch TV. You could eat the whole thing. Measure out one serving and put the rest of the box or bag away.

Make sure that each portion you give yourself contains no more than 150 calories and 15 to 30 grams of carbs. Examples include:

  • 15 mini pretzels
  • 3 cups of light popcorn
  • 1 cup of berries
  • 1/4 cup trail mix

Before you head for the pantry or fridge, decide if you’re really hungry. Is a growling stomach behind your desire to eat, or are you just bored or stressed? If you’re not hungry, find something else to fill your time.