20 Best Diabetic Snacks for Kids

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Thinking of healthy and delicious diabetic snacks for kids can sometimes be a challenge. If you’re anything like me, you can also get in a rut and make the same things over and over. But maybe all we need is some inspiration and the right foods to create some new and healthy snack ideas.

The good news is that there are a lot of great snack ideas right under our noses that are both quick and easy. So the next time you hear, “Mom, I’m hungry!” you can provide healthy and nutritious low-carb snacks until their next meal.

20 Diabetic Friendly Snacks for Kids

But wait — can’t diabetic children with type 1 eat whatever they want as long as they dose for it? Technically, yes. But different foods are digested differently and can cause your child’s blood sugar levels to dip or spike. Be sure to consult your registered dietitian or diabetes educator if you have questions.

What Makes a Great Diabetic Snack?

The key to choosing a nutrient rich diabetic snack for kids is considering three primary nutrients for a healthy diet: fiber, fat, and protein. Combining these three nutrients in a snack or meal will help to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range. If you plan wisely, you can help prevent a blood sugar spike!

With a snack, it may be tricky to combine all three, but if you can pair fiber with either fat or protein, you’re doing a great job. And with most of these quick and easy diabetic snacks for kids, there’s no recipe needed!

DIPPING FUN FOR DIABETIC KIDS

Kids LOVE to dip food into other foods. It’s a thing. And my kids are no different because it’s just a fun way to snack. So here are a few healthy snack options to keep them dipping.

1. APPLES AND PEANUT BUTTER
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Then the fiber in the apple and the protein and fat in the peanut butter keep blood sugar spikes away! This is a tried and true snack, always delicious, fun to dip, and made even more quick and simple with an apple slicer. Allergic to peanuts? Use a different nut butter of your choice.

Looking for a super fun apple snack? Try my apple nachos. (Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods!)

apples and peanut butter as a diabetic snack for kids
apples and peanut butter

2. CHIPS AND GUAC

This is honestly one of my favorite things because good guacamole is just really good. Plus, you can also find it at one of your local grocery stores if you prefer not to make it homemade. Guacamole, made primarily from avacado, has great protein and healthy fat content. Then for the chips, I would recommend a whole grain or corn tortilla chip.

3. VEGGIES AND HUMMUS
Try broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots… whatever you have on hand. Hummus, made from chickpeas and available premade at your local grocer, is one of those dips that provides both fat and protein. So combine that with the fiber in the non-starchy vegetables and you have an ideal snack!

Hummus dip as a kid-friendly snack for diabetics
veggies and hummus

4. CUCUMBERS BITES
Just cut a cucumber into equal sized rounds, top with some greek yogurt or cream cheese, and then sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning. I love lower carbohydrate snacks, and this one is another crunchy option that’s friendly for blood glucose levels.

FRUIT TOPPED DIABETIC SNACKS FOR KIDS

Another thing kids like in a snack is layering food on top of each other. Just yesterday my daughter layered peanut butter on top of bread, and then veggie straws (see below) on top of the peanut butter. I suppose it provides a crunch to the sandwich. Anyway, here are some fruit topped snack ideas for kids with diabetes.

5. GREEK YOGURT WITH BERRIES
Not only is this a tasty snack, it’s packed with goodness. Plain greek yogurt contains lots of protein, but also healthy probiotics. Then the fiber from the fresh fruits helps to slow digestion and stabilize blood sugars. Looking for some additional fiber? Then sprinkle on some healthy granola.

greek yogurt and fruit as a diabetic friendly snack for kids
greek yogurt with berries

6. COTTAGE CHEESE AND FRESH FRUIT
I never think of cottage cheese as a snack for some reason, but it’s a low carb and high protein choice with several valuable nutrients. Then if you top it with some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries to add some texture and sweetness (and fiber!), you have a well-rounded snack.

7. BLUEBERRIES ON A BAGEL
For another yummy “treat” of a snack, thaw a handful of frozen blueberries. Then spread some cream cheese over half a toasted bagel (something healthy like Killer Dave’s that’s packed with whole grains), and top with the thawed blueberries. And there you have a crunchy, creamy, sweet snack.

bagel and cream cheese as a diabetic snack for kids
blueberries on a bagel

ENGLISH MUFFIN Kid-Friendly SNACKS

English muffins are not just for breakfast anymore! Top them with various healthy and delicious ingredients, and you have a diabetic friendly snack.

8. PIZZA MUFFINS
What kid doesn’t love pizza? But pizza can wreak havoc on blood sugar numbers. So let’s make it a smaller portion size and healthier with whole ingredients. Just toast up a whole grain english muffin, and then top it with some tomato sauce. Finally, add on some shredded mozzarella cheese and mini pepperoni (or other ingredients your child prefers). That’s fiber, protein, and fat to help reduce the likelihood of a blood sugar spike. You can also nuke it quick in the microwave to melt the cheese.

english muffin pizzas as a diabetic snack for kids
pizza muffins

9. EGG AND CHEESE MUFFIN
Here’s another option with protein and fat to combine with the fiber in the whole grain english muffin. Try an egg and some low-fat cheese. Serve it for breakfast if you like, but it also makes for a good snack.

10. PEANUT BUTTER BANANA MUFFIN
I personally think this is the best way to make an English muffin. The combination of creamy and salty peanut butter with sweet banana gets me every time. And when you pair that up with the crunch of the toasted english muffin, you’ve got a super tasty blood sugar friendly snack.

Make Ahead Snacks

It’s nice to be able to make some things ahead of time and just have it on hand. Throw it in a few Ziplock bags for easy on-the-go best snacks for kids, and it’s super convenient for a busy family.

Trail Mix of nuts and dried fruits make a great snack food for diabetic kids
trail mix

11. TRAIL MIX
Salty and sweet. I could eat trail mix every day. And most kids could as well. But how do we make it diabetes friendly? Again, it’s the combination of fiber, healthy fats, and protein. With a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits (watch portion sizes since they add lots of sugar), you have an easy snack in minutes. (This may not work for school snacks if your school is nut free of course.)

12. ROASTED CHICKPEAS
If your kiddo loves hummus, they will likely also enjoy roasted chickpeas. There’s a tremendous amount of fiber and protein in chickpeas, so they are a wonderful snack choice for people with diabetes. It’s super easy to buy them already roasted from the grocery store.

13. DIABETIC FRIENDLY OATMEAL COOKIES
My kids both love these, and neither of them have diabetes. I’m the one with type 1, but they eat these up! Looking for a healthy cookie with a few dark chocolate chips for fun? Check out the recipe on my blog.

diabetic friendly oatmeal cookies with cranberries and chocolate chips
oatmeal cookies

14. CHEESY TURKEY ROLL UP
These are the most simple diabetic snacks for kids, but also very nutritious. You can make a few ahead and keep them in a Ziplock or an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. Just take some good quality lunchmeat turkey and lay it out flat. Place a piece of cheese on top, and then roll it up. Want to include some crunch and fiber? Then add in some julienned raw veggies.

ON THE GO DIABETIC SNACKS FOR KIDS

Call me a crab, but eating a crumbly bagel with juicy blueberries in the van is a hard no. But sometimes we’re in need of a snack on the go. To avoid choosing something full of sugars and artificial colors, here are another few healthy and blood sugar friendly options to have on hand.

prepackaged snacks good for diabetic kids

15. GO GO SQUEEZE (top left)
This is particularly good for young ones, but who doesn’t love applesauce? Just twist the cap off and you have a mess-free snack. These are gluten free, nut free, and dairy free too. (And they’d be great to treat a low blood sugar too!) Serve with a cheese stick for some protein.

16. GOOD MEASURE BARS (top right)
With only 4-5g net carbs per serving, these bars are amazing. And they come in delicious flavor combinations: peanut butter dark chocolate, almond butter blueberry, and almond butter dark chocolate.

17. POPCORN (middle left)
Popcorn is a whole grain snack, and it’s super handy in these individual bags of SkinnyPop. With good fiber and a delicious crunch, you can pack it in a lunch or also take it as a snack.

18. SIMPLY PROTEIN BARS (middle right)
With 7 g protein and 4 g carb per bar, these are a solid snack choice. In flavors of strawberry chocolate and cookies and creme, you’ll want to pack one just in case!

19. THAT’S IT BARS (lower left)
These are a pure fruit snack for sure. Whole fruits are the only ingredients. No added sugars or artificial sweeteners or anything. Their flavor combinations are amazing too!

20. VEGGIE STRAWS (lower right)
Again, this is one my kids eat so often I feel like we are constantly buying them. They have 30% less fat than other chips and they’re also gluten free.

SNACKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Let’s be real and honest for a second. I would eat basically any of these suggested snacks myself, and I’m a grown, married woman with children. So these aren’t just diabetic snacks for kids — they are really for the whole family, diabetes or not.

Eating balanced nutrition of whole foods is key for the prevention of many diseases, to maintain digestive health, avoid high blood pressure, to lower risk factors of heart disease, maintain healthy weight, and a host of other things. So eat up!

DID YOU TRY ANY OF THESE SNACKS?

If you’ve tried any of these diabetic snacks for kids, would you please leave a comment? I would love to hear from you!

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NOTE: I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietician. Nothing here should be taken as professional medical advice. Any nutritional information provided should be used as a general guideline and estimate only. For the most accurate information, please calculate based on the specific ingredients and brands you use, as well as any changes you make to the recipe.

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