As a preferred Michigan podiatrist, our office sees diabetic foot patients very frequently for neuropathy and other diabetes related issues. As such, we’ve heard some of the complaints you have- when you’re diagnosed with diabetes, the general school of thought is that you’re done with sweet snacking, period. We have good news though- Diabetic Living Online reviewed pre-packaged snacks and picked out the best as suggestions for when that all-to-familiar urge to grab something quick and sweet strikes you.
Snacks, while not necessary to control blood sugar with current oral diabetes medications, can still be helpful in many ways to diabetic patients. Small, smart snacks can boost metabolism and decrease hunger, helping to keep binging at bay and weight under control. Additionally, the psychological satisfaction from a simple snack can make the difference between healthy and horrible choices- by satisfying that urge, you’re less likely to overdo it in a BIG way later on. The real trick is to skip high-calorie options, particularly those with high fat & sugar.
The sweet diabetic snacks below have been reviewed by dietitians and taste tested by everyday individuals, ensuring that none of these are the healthy-but-disgusting variety. The guidelines for the choices below are thus: 200 calories or less, 6 g total fat or less, 5 g saturated fat or less, 0 g trans fat, 30 g carbs or less, 240 mg sodium or less, and at least 1 g fiber per 15 g carbs.
Here’re the winners:
Quaker True Delights Multigrain Fiber Crisps in Blackberry Pomegranate
- Per 13 crisps (28 g): 110 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 135 mg sodium, 23 g carb. (3 g fiber, 6 g sugars), 2 g pro.
Market Pantry Cereal Bars in Apple & Cinnamon
- Per bar (40 g): 140 cal., 3 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 95 mg sodium, 25 g carb. (2 g fiber, 13 g sugars), 2 g pro.
Nabisco Snak-Saks Honey Main Grahams
Per 12 pieces (31 g): 140 cal., 4.5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 160 mg sodium, 23 g carb. (1 g fiber, 7 g sugars), 2 g pro.
Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs Oreo Dipped Delight Bars
- Per bar (26 g): 100 cal., 3 g total fat (2.5 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 70 mg sodium, 19 g carb. (4 g fiber, 9 g sugars)
Nabisco Newtons Fruit Thins in Blueberry Brown Sugar
- Per 3 cookies (30 g): 140 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 90 mg sodium, 21 g carb. (2 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 2 g pro.
PowerBar Pria Nutrition Bar in Chocolate Peanut Crunch
- Per bar (30 g): 110 cal., 3.5 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 85 mg sodium, 16 g carb. (1 g fiber, 10 g sugars), 5 g pro.
As a diabetic foot patient, we will always remind you to make smart choices for meals and snacks, and the above list gives you a great way to indulge without damaging yourself. Be aware that moderation is, and that overdoing it on snacks will have you into our office exhibiting diabetic foot neuropathy, ulceration, and a variety of other ills. As always, happy feet, happy life! Contact our office with any questions or concerns, or schedule an appointment to see us if you’re exhibiting signs of diabetic foot neuropathy.