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10 of the best diabetes-friendly snacks

10 of the best diabetes-friendly snacks

1.  One fresh pear and one slice of Kraft Singles cheese (97% fat free)

A low-GI, low-fat snack with protein and calcium.

2.  Ceres Organics Trail Mix — Original

A small handful of these nuts, seeds and dried fruit is a great snack. While low in saturated fat this is higher in total fat so keep it at a handful.

3.  Turkish Kitchen Greek Yoghurt & Cucumber Dip with celery and carrot sticks

While this is a low-kilojoule, low-carbohydrate, low-fat and low-sodium snack, it’s not low on taste! Quick and easy to serve on a platter.

4.  Vogel’s bread with Country Goodness Lite Cottage Cheese and a slice of avocado

This satisfying snack includes whole grains, low-fat protein plus avocado with healthy fat.

5.  Huntley & Palmers Wholegrain Crackers with Perfect Italiano Extra-Light Ricotta cheese & tomato slices

Wholegrain crackers with low- fat ricotta are slowly digested— better for blood glucose control. The tomato adds bite.

6.  Turkish Kitchen Kumara & Lentil Dip with 180 degrees Lavosh Crispy Snacks — Black & White Sesame Seed

A healthier version of the old crisps and dip. It’s low fat and low in sodium as well.

7.  Yoplait Raspberry Strawberry (125g) with 1/2 cup blueberries

Fresh fruit with low-fat yoghurt provides protein and calcium. And it’s sweet enough for those with a sweet tooth.

8.  Slice of Rosedale Cinnamon Fruit Loaf with a little reduced-fat spread

A great under 400kJ snack when you just need a little something to fill that gap.

9.  Healtheries Simple — Apricot & Yoghurt Snack Bar

This is a substantial snack bar (738kJ) and a good source of protein, calcium and fibre. And with a low-GI it may be just the snack you need before exercise.

10.  A trim latté

This is a great mid-morning snack — easy to have on the run. A good source of protein and calcium. Some studies have shown that coffee may even be beneficial for those with diabetes (in moderation of course!).

First published: Apr 2012

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