What low carbs snacks for diabetics are out there? What type of snack are you craving? Want to know what low carb snacks can keep blood sugar in check while staying compliant with your diabetic diet? Dr. Ergin gives his top 10 best low carb snacks for diabetics.
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A single 1 ounce serving of Almonds contain more than 15 vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium and Riboflavin. Almonds are low in carbs at around 5 grams of carbohydrates 3 of which are fiber giving them a net carb of only 2 grams! And with 6 grams of protein they are sure to satisfy you.
03:00 Veggies and Hummus.
2 tablespoons only has about 3 grams of carbs with 1 gram fiber leaving a balance of only 2 net carbs!
03:49 Cottage Cheese.
1 half-cup of cottage cheese has about 13 grams of protein and only 4 grams of carbohydrates! Just go easy on the topping and this can be the perfect snack.
A 1 cup serving of Edamame contains about 17 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber with about 15 grams of carbohydrates. That means it only has about 7 grams of net carbs per serving.
05:09 Greek Yogurt.
Greek yogurt has twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt which gives it the power to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Yogurt has only 90 calories, 5 grams of carbs and 18 grams of protein!
05: 50 Cheese.
String cheese is a portable, low carb and easy snack option. The “Light” string cheese has only 50 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat and 1 gram of carbohydrate per stick! Not to mention it’s a great source for calcium.
Try tuna with diced veggies such as red bell pepper, cucumber and green onion. Mayo isn’t the best idea but a great substitute that can still give you that creamy texture is avocado! If you mash up a ripe avocado and season, it can easily replace mayo and is much healthier. You can also use the tuna, veggies and avocado mixture as a dip and use sliced veggies as a “chip” or try using a lettuce leaf as a wrap.
07:28 Crispy Roasted Chickpeas.
Chickpeas have made it onto this list again! Roasted chickpeas are so simple to make and can satisfy your crunchy, salty snacking need..¼ cup of chickpeas contains about 74 calories and has 12 grams of carbohydrates with 3.5 being fiber leaving it with only 8.5 grams of net carbs.
Berries are one of the best fruit options for diabetics. Raspberries and blackberries have the fewest carbohydrates per serving. Raspberries have about 3 grams of net carbs per ½ cup and blackberries have about 4 grams net carbs per ½ cup.
09:29 Air-Popped Popcorn.
3 cups of air-popped popcorn contain about 90 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates with 4 grams of fiber with a total net carb of 14 grams.
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Ahmet Ergin, MD
Endocrinologist, Diabetes Educator
Ahmet Ergin, MD, is a specialist physician in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. He has been practicing for over 10 years, having seen over 30,000 patients in his career so far.
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