5 Best Snacks for Diabetics

There are plenty of healthy and tasty snacks for diabetics to enjoy


Fresh vegetables with hummus: both healthy and filling. 

Having diabetes can certainly limit the foods you’re allowed to indulge in, but there are plenty of healthy snacks for diabetics out there. Here are five of the best, according to nutritional consultant Lori Kenyon, clinical nutritionist Stella Metsovas, and The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook author Angela Shelf Medearis.

Vegetable Slices with Dip
Zucchini and yellow squash can be sliced like French fries, chilled, and then dipped in salsa or hummus for a tasty treat that satisfies cravings.

Olives of all varieties — such as Kalamata olives —are perfect options when combined with vegetable sticks. The fiber in the vegetable sticks and fatty acids in the olives are a win-win combination for diabetics.

Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Stave off hunger with this low-calorie snack. According to SelfNutritionData, one 1-ounce serving contains just over 100 calories and only one gram of fat. It also contains three grams of protein and two grams of fiber to help keep you feeling satisfied.

Air-popped popcorn is a healthy alternative to regular popcorn. Spice up air-popped popcorn with a little cayenne or garlic powder.

Cottage Cheese
Combine ½ cup cottage cheese with one piece of fruit, such as a small banana or nectarine, for the perfect combination of carbs, fiber, and protein. It’s about 15 grams of carbohydrates per snack with a little protein, and the fat content is ideal.

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