5 Smart Snacks for People Living with Diabetes

Living with diabetes means having to be more intentional about diet decisions, because people with diabetes run nearly double the risk of heart disease. But remember: A diabetes-dictated diet doesn’t necessarily mean going snack-free—instead, it means maintaining a heart-healthy regimen that strikes a balance between nutritious and delicious. So next time you’re hungry, grab one of these smart snacks—guilt-free!

Cauliflower popcorn

This easy-to-make recipe puts a healthy twist on a staple movie snack, providing 75 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. Cauliflower popcorn comes in at 29 calories per cup, compared to 45 calories for a cup of regular buttered popcorn.

Pizza kabobs

Craving that unmistakable pizza flavor with vegetables, meat and cheese? Opt for a simple pizza kabob instead of a carb-heavy pizza. By cutting out the crust, you’re saving more than 100 calories per slice and clocking in at 19 grams of carbohydrates rather than 48 per slice. To make a kabob, simply string your choice of cheese, bacon, and vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, onions, etc.) on a skewer.

Almonds and dried cranberries

This simple snack hits both sweet and salty, with almonds particularly useful for limiting blood sugar spikes and keeping you feeling full and satisfied. For optimal heart health, stick to two tablespoons of both, equaling roughly 20 grams of carbohydrates.

Greek yogurt and raisins

Raisins are a perfect snack for people with diabetes. They’re rich in antioxidants and dense in carbs. As a result, they lower blood pressure without raising blood sugar. Add a tablespoon of raisins to a half-cup of plain Greek yogurt for a delicious and healthy snack at any time of the day.

Banana-berry smoothie

Satiating your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar can be difficult—but this banana-berry smoothie is sure to do the trick. Watch out for your portions: Blend just half a small banana, a half-cup of nonfat milk or yogurt and a half-cup of frozen berries. For a thicker-tasting but carb-free treat, blend ice in as well.