Healthy Sweet Snacks for Diabetes

Last Updated on March 4, 2024 by Kari Garner, MS RDN LD CDCES

Today, On The Blog, I am sharing ideas for healthy sweet snacks for diabetes, along with 15 recipes created by dietitians. These recipes are are not only delicious, but great for blood sugar stability!¬†From energy bites to fruit dips, protein bars to sorbet, I can’t wait for you to try each and every one of these recipes. Let’s dive in!

Can I Snack With Diabetes?

Absolutely (and don’t let anyone tell you differently!). The secret is creating a personalized plan that includes the foods you want to eat while being mindful of the fiber, protein and fat content of the snack. Whether on the search for a sweet or savory snack, the balance of nutrients is important to ensure you are satisfied after snacking without an energy crash.

What Are Healthy Snacks For Diabetes?

When it comes to a healthy snack for individuals with diabetes that balance of fiber, protein and fat is what turns any snack into a healthy choice. Focusing on building a snack with these nutrients will put you in the right direction toward blood sugar stability with the added bonus of feeling full.

Below you will find a list of foods that fit into these three categories to use as a guide as you build snacks. Refer back to this list any time you need!

Fiber

Dietary fiber will slow digestion to help you feel full and satisfied for longer periods of time while also promoting blood sugar control.

  • Seeds such as chia, pumpkin, sunflower or flax
  • Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts or pecans
  • Fruits such as pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples or avocados
  • Vegetables such as artichokes, brussels sprouts or kale
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Popcorn

Protein

Protein will extend the time it takes your body to break down carbohydrates, which can prevent spikes in blood sugars. Learn more about protein.

  • Plant based such as beans (black, kidney, chickpea, pinto), lentils, edamame, nuts, tofu
  • Fish such as tuna or salmon
  • Eggs
  • Lean poultry, beef or pork
  • Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt

Fat

Like protein, fat also extends the time it takes your body to convert carbs into glucose preventing blood sugar spikes. Learn more about fats.

  • Olive oil
  • Nuts
  • Nut butters
  • Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Fatty fish
  • Olives (low sodium)

*Consult with your medical profession and Registered Dietitian on how much of each nutrient is the right target for you.

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15 Recipes: Sweet Snacks for Diabetes, From Dietitians

Ready to check out all these delicious yet nutritious sweet snacks? I collaborated with fellow dietitians to bring you this list of our favorite sweet snack recipes for individuals with diabetes.

Enjoy these healthy sweet snacks for after dinner, on-the-go, mid-morning or when you are looking to curb a sweet tooth. All of these recipes include fiber, protein and fat or can easily be paired with the missing nutrient for a balanced snack option.

Looking for even more ideas or information on how to enjoy healthy sweet snacks for diabetes? Comment below so I can best support you!

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