15 Smart Snacks To Manage Your Carbs

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For people living with diabetes, managing carbohydrates plays a crucial role in keeping blood glucose under control. When regulating carbs, it may seem like skipping snacks is the best way to go, but, in fact, the opposite is true.

It's totally fine to eat between meals, so long as you're smart about the snacks you choose. Smartly selected, snacks can help you curb hunger pangs so you don't overeat at meals and give you the energy you need to get through the day.

So, how exactly do you manage carbs? Two words, Carb Choices.

A carb choice is a unit of measurement that you can use to help you keep track of the number of carbs you consume in a day. One carb choice is equal to approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates. A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) can help you to identify the right number of carb choices you need for meals and snacks and how to fit them into your meal plan.

To help you manage your snacks, we've partnered with Cheerios to bring you a list of options that contain between zero and two carb choices. Use this list to conquer the art of carb counting!

For more information and better for you recipes be sure to check out smartaboutdiabetes.com.

  • Popcorn
    Shutterstock
    Serving Size: 1 cup light popcorn
    Carb Choices: 0
  • String Cheese
    Christopher Hsia/Flickr
    Serving Size: 1 stick
    Carb Choices: 0
  • Eggs
    General Mills
    Serving Size: 1 hard boiled egg
    Carb Choices: 0
  • Carrots
    Rubberball/Erik Isakson via Getty Images
    Serving Size: 5 baby carrots
    Carb Choices: 0
  • Pumpkin Seeds
    Southern Stock via Getty Images
    Serving Size: 2 Tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
    Carb Choices: 0
    Get the recipe here!
  • Veggies And Hummus
    Oppenheim Bernhard via Getty Images
    Serving Size: 1/3 cup hummus + 1 cup raw fresh cut veggies (green peppers, cucumber, celery, cauliflower or a combination of these options)
    Carb Choices: 1
  • Cottage Cheese With Fresh Fruit
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    Serving Size: ¼ cup cottage cheese + ½ cup fresh (or canned) fruit
    Carb Choices: 1
  • Clementines
    Shutterstock
    Serving Size: 2 clementine oranges
    Carb Choices: 1
  • Rice Cakes With Peanut Butter
    mary_thompson/Flickr
    Serving SIze: 2 rice cakes spread with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter
    Carb Choices: 1
  • Kale Chips
    Live Better America
    Serving Size: 1 bunch (8 oz) fresh baked curly green kale
    Carb Choices: 1
    Ge the recipe here!
  • Yogurt And Berries
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    Serving Size: 6 oz light yogurt + ¾ cup berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or a combination of these
    Carb Choices: 2
  • Cheerios Frozen Bananas
    Live Better America
    Serving Size: 1 frozen ripe banana coated in Fruity Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
    Carb Choices: 2
    Get the recipe here
  • Yogurt Pops
    Getty Images
    Serving SIze: 1 deliciously frozen pop of fat-free yogurt on a stick
    Carb Choices: 2
    Get the recipe here
  • Party Mix
    Live Better America
    Serving Size: 2.5 cups of this on-the-go snack combination of popcorn, fruits and raisins mixed with MultiGrain Cheerios® cereal
    Carb Choices: 2
    Get the recipe here
  • Original Cheerios With Milk
    Cheerios
    1 cup of Original Cheerios is 1 carb choice (20g of carbohydrates). When paired with ½ cup of skim milk, it counts as 2 carb choices (26g of carbohydrate). For more low-carb food options, check out smartaboutdiabetes.com
 
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