Finding the right snacks for a diabetic kid does take a bit of time and testing. It also requires keeping different kinds of snacks for different conditions (when she wants a bedtime snack but high vs. coming out of a physical activity and trending low). As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about low carb snacks, my daughter quickly grew tired of cucumbers and cheese — our go to “free snack.” The snacks shared in this article by Jen are more for the times when your child is feeling low and needs a bit of energy without spiking their blood sugar. Its easier to find a diversity of options with these snacks while always paying careful attention to carb counts.
Fed up with the same old boring healthy bars full of muesli ? For quick and easy snacks & recipes to make at home, skip to further down this page!
We roadtested dozens of bars and here’s our favorite shop-bought bars and top tasting nutritious snacks :-
In the UK:
- Fruitus (with 1 portion of fruit in every bar, Lyme Regis foods)
- Nakd (raw fruit, nut & oat bar)
- eat natural bars (no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, hence the name)
- Wallaby bar (gluten free, yoghurt, fruit & nut)
- fruit flakes
- sun dried mango
- sesame snaps in yogurt
- mini box of raisins
- Green & Blacks dark chocolate (Maya Gold & Dark 70%)
- organic dried apricots
- dried fruit, nuts & seed mix
You’ll find dozens more, probably cheaper, than these – but for a sugar-boost when you need it, these are tops in our opinion!
With large packets, particularly dried fruits and nuts, buy smaller self-seal bags and split into enough packs for one week.
If shopping for new items – check out the carbs and sugar content, “no added sugar” is a helpful clue – also check that “glucose syrup” is not one of the first three ingredients !
Here’s some other store cupboard or refrigerator items that are suitable for your diabetic snack list:-
nuts, fresh fruit, cold meats, carrots, yogurt, popcorn, cottage cheese, and perfect for kids – apple, banana or celery sticks topped with peanut butter!
Here’s some simple, quick and easy to prepare snack ideas, that you can create in just a few minutes at home :-
- scrambled eggs
- wholemeal toast with honey or jam
- cereal or muesli bar
- baked beans on toast
- burger – with whole wheat bread roll, burger and slice of tomato
- fresh fruit – apples, bananas, etc
For something sweeter or as a dessert, try pots of sugar-free jelly or jello, a piece of fruit or some dried fruits. If you’re going out, it may be worth carrying a snack bar or pack of nuts with you, in addition to the glucose which you should try and remember at all times.
Whether you’re buying snack bars or making your own for home consumption, you’ll need to keep an eye on sugar and fat content.
When buying in the store, check out the carbohydrates and sugar per bar – it’s worth comparing and not being “fooled” by the packaging. Some of the popular brands may be lower in carbs and sugar than so-called “healthy” options.
Of all the healthy snack recipes, here’s our favorite from the family cookbook:-
This may be a little time consuming to prepare and bake, but it’s economical and you know exactly what ingredients are in it:-
- 2oz apricots
- 2 oz dates
- 2 oz figs
- 2oz sultanas
- 2oz sunflower seeds
- 2oz hazelnuts
- 4oz porridge oats
- 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tbsp apple juice
- Preheat oven to 180C,350F,GM4
- Finely chop or mince the fruit and nuts
- Mix all ingredients together well
- Press into a lightly greased baking tin
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Cut into slices whilst still warm
Store safely in a tin. For lunch boxes wrap well in foil.
Other useful easy store cupboard ideas are to buy a large pack of apricots or raisins and packet a few up, ready to take to school. Of course, you can also buy the pre-boxed raisins or apricots, though these will tend to be more expensive.
Here’s a few more recipes for light snacks or snack bars:-
- Baked Sweet Potato Recipes
Here’s a few ideas for how to cook baked sweet potato together with simple topping recipes. As they’re low GI, these recipes are ideal for inclusion in a diabetic diet.
- Date and Oat Slice Snack Recipe
Delicious, if a little crumbly, this is a healthier version than many cakes or bakes. Full of tasty dates and oats, this is a heart healthy recipe
- Cheese on Toast
Simple but healthy and an ideal bite to eat at lunchtime. Or for Sunday tea, try soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers.
- Easy Eggy Bread | French Toast Recipes
A quick and versatile snack – eggy bread or French toast will be enjoyed by all the family. Kids will love it on it’s own, whilst adults will enjoy it topped with smoked salmon and
- Simple Healthy Soup Recipes
A simple homemade vegetable soup recipe that you can add to or adapt to make your own – create your own by adding in refrigerator leftovers
- Roast Almonds with Paprika
Enjoyed in Spain, the tapas, or pre-meal snack, is an enjoyable tradition – nutritious, this dish will have friends asking for the recipe!
- Healthy Diabetic Snacks for Kids
Need a quick snack for your diabetic kid ? Here’s 7 ideas you can easily put together from your freezer or store cupboard.
We’d love to receive your family favorites for this page!
For further healthy ideas consider snacking on diabetic superfoods such as brazil nuts and blueberries.
Thanks to André Karwath aka Aka for the images