Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Snacks

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Any of you with kids know that the amount of requests kids make for a snack in a day is astronomical.

Having both of my kids at home all summer long, many days it seems like my day consists of: make breakfast, clean up the kitchen, give the kids a snack, make lunch, clean up the kitchen, make a snack, make dinner, clean up the kitchen, fall into bed. Ok, I am exaggerating, but you get the point. Kids eat…A LOT!

I always try to provide my kids with healthy snack options. I also like to keep snacks lower carb, so that my son’s blood sugar doesn’t peak too much in between meals, and so that it has time to stabilize before beginning another meal.

I thought I would share a few ideas of what snack time looks like at our house, by giving you 10 sample snacks. In most, there is more than one snack idea. Exact carbohydrate calculations will vary, but I will give you the rough estimates of the food pictured.

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Freeze-Dried Fruit & Popcorn:

My kids love freeze-dried fruit, and I love it because it is great to have on hand once our favorite seasonal fruits are no longer in season. I buy the single-serving bags and it makes for a great snack and/or addition to meals. Popcorn is a snack-time favorite at our household as well because it is so low carb.

For 1 bag of freeze-dried fruit (containing blueberries, raspberries & strawberries), there are 10 g of carbs and 3 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 7 g.

1 cup of popcorn contains approximately 3 g of carbs and .5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 2.5 g.

Frutas secas y palomitas de maíz

 1 bolsa de frutas secas congeladas (con arándanos, frambuesas y fresas), contiene 10 g de carbohidratos y 3 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 7 g.

1 Taza de palomitas de maíz contiene aproximadamente 3 g de carbohidratos y 5 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 2,5 g.

Chips de Batata (boniato, camote) y pepinillos envueltos en queso crema

1 porción (1 oz, 28 g, 12 chips) chips de batata, hay 18 g de carbohidratos y 3 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 15 g. La foto es de la mitad de una porción.

Puedes utilizar carnes frías finamente cortadas, para envolver el pepinillo y queso crema. Todos tienen 0 carb en pequeñas cantidades.

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Sweet Potato Chips & Cream Cheese Pickle Wraps

We just recently discovered sweet potato chips. They are a healthier alternative for times when you are craving chips. These cream cheese pickles have been a personal favorite of mine for years. The fact that they are carb free makes me love them even more!

For 1 serving (1 oz, 28 g, about 12 chips) of sweet potato chips, there are 18 g of carbs and 3 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 15 g. Pictured is 1/2 a serving.

Because pickles, cream cheese & corned beef (you can use your choice of meat) are all 0 carb in small quantities, I consider these cream cheese pickle wraps to be carb free.

Cream Cheese Pickle Wraps

Ingredients

  • Kosher dill pickles, patted dry
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Thin-sliced beef luncheon meat

Instructions

  1. Spread cream cheese around each pickle.
  2. Wrap 1 sheet of meat around each pickle.
  3. Cut the pickle wraps into slices.
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4.8 from 4 reviews

Pepinillo y queso crema envueltos
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Ingredientes
  • Pepinillo “dill”, seco
  • Barras de queso crema, suave
  • Finas tiras de carne carne fría (ej. jamón, prosciutto, “roast beef”)

Instrucciones
  1. Cubre el pepinillo con queso crema
  2. Envuelve el pepinillo con las tiras de carne
  3. Corta el pepinillo en rodajas.

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Frozen Grape Kabobs, Chobani Yogurt Tube & Veggie Straws

My kids love these frozen grape kabobs. I first came across the idea for these on the MOMables blog. You can make these on skewers if you want a larger portion, but for individual portions, I like to thread the grapes onto popsicle sticks. I use 5 grapes per popsicle stick. They averaged out to be approximately 5 g of carbs each.

Also pictured is a Chobani Champions yogurt tube. I LOVE these yogurt tubes and so does my son. He has at least 1 a day and that is no joke. At just 9 g of carbs a tube, it’s the perfect addition for any meal, and is often the perfect amount of carbs for a pick-me-up. Plus they contain ingredients I trust.

Another product our family loves is veggie straws (I find them at Target). They’re a great alternative to regular potato chips. For 1 serving (1 oz (28g), about 38 straws) of veggie straws, there are 11 g of carbs and 1 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 10 g. Pictured is 1/4 serving.

Brochetas de uvas congeladas, yogur y chips de vegetales

Yo utilizo 5 uvas por brocheta. El promedio es aproximadamente 5 g de carbohidratos.

El tubo de yogur, verifica la cantidad de carbohidratos en el empaque disponible en tu país.

Los chips de vegetales son una excelente alternativa para sustituir las papas fritas. 1 porción (1 oz (28g), alrededor de 38 chips) de vegetales, hay 11 g de carbohidratos y 1 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 10 g. La foto es de 1/4 taza.

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Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

An easy, filling, and nutritious go-to snack for the kids and adults at our house is fresh fruit, yogurt, and either granola or walnuts.

Our family’s favorite brand of yogurt is Chobani. 6oz of Chobani vanilla yogurt contains 18 g of carbs. I have also found a brand of yogurt that contains only 4 g of carbs in 6 oz. I always keep some of these yogurt cups on hand and use them when the rest of a meal is a bit higher carb and I am trying to lower a meals total carbs. However, I try to use Chobani as much as possible as I trust the ingredients more.

1/4 cup of walnuts contains 4 g of carbs and 2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 2 g.

The amount of blueberries pictured here contain 7.5 g of carbs and 5.3 NET CARBS.

The amount of raspberries pictured here contain 2.8 g of carbs and 1.3 NET CARBS.

The amount of strawberries pictured here contain 3.2 g of carbs and 2.3 NET CARBS.

Parfait de yogurt y fruta fresca

6 oz. de yogur de vainilla contiene aproximadamente 18 g de carbohidratos. Verifica la etiqueta nutricional del yogur disponible en tu mercado.

1/4 de taza de nueces contiene 4 g de carbohidratos y 2 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 2 g.

La cantidad de los arándanos que se muestra aquí contienen 7,5 g de carbohidratos y 5.3 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS.

La cantidad de  frambuesas que se muestra aquí contienen 2,8 g de carbohidratos y 1.3 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS.

La cantidad de fresas que se muestra aquí contienen 3,2 g de carbohidratos y 2.3 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS

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Ants on a Log, Blueberry Almonds, 1/2 Banana

I remember having ants on a log as a kid. It’s such a fun and yummy snack, PLUS it’s low carb.

The pieces of celery pictured contain .5 g of NET CARBS . 1 tablespoon of peanut butter has 4 g of carbs and 1 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 3 g. 6 g of raisins has 4 g of carbs.

My kids love these Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds. 1/2 of a 1.5 oz. bag contains 7 g of carbs and 2 grams of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 5 g.

For 1/2 banana I calculated  12 g of NET CARBS.

“Ants in a log” con arándanos, almendras y guineo

Los trozos de apio de la foto contienen .5 g de carbohidratos netos.

1 cucharada de mantequilla de maní tiene 4 g de carbohidratos y 1 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 3 g.

6 g de pasas tienen 4 g de carbohidratos.

Media  bolsa de almendras de arándanos de 1.5 oz.  contiene 7 g de carbohidratos y 2 gramos de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 5 g.

1/2 guineo contiene 12 g de carbohidratos netos.

Ants on a Log

Ingredients

  • Celery stalks, cut in half
  • Peanut butter
  • Raisins

Instructions

  1. Cut the celery stalks in half.
  2. Spread with peanut butter.
  3. Sprinkle with raisins.
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4.8 from 4 reviews

Ants on a Log
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Ingredientes
  • Apio, cortado a la mitad
  • Mantequilla de maní
  • Pasas

Instrucciones
  1. Cortar los tallos de apio en la mitad.
  2. Untar con mantequilla de maní.
  3. Espolvorear las pasas.

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Cucumber “Crackers”, Wheat Thins, The Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge & Chobani Yogurt Tube

My family loves these cucumber “crackers”. My kids don’t like thick slices of cucumber, so I slice them thinly. Then I spread one wedge of The Laughing Cow cheese on the top, followed by a few dried cranberries. The cucumber gives you some crunch, the cranberries give it sweetness, and the cheese brings it all together.

I calculated the above slices of cucumbers as having 1 g of carbs. 1 wedge of The Laughing Cow Cheese has 1 g of carbs. The cranberries contain 4 g NET CARBS.

1/2 serving (8 pieces) of Wheat Thin crackers contains 11 g of carbs and 1.5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 9.5

1 Chobani Champions yogurt tube has 9 g of carbs.

Cucumber "Crackers"

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Spread the The Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss cheese evenly on the cucumber slices.
  2. Top each with dried cranberries.
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4.8 from 4 reviews

Galletas de pepino
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Ingredientes
  • Laughing Cow Original Creamy Swiss o sustituto
  • Rodajas de pepinillo
  • Arándanos secos

Instrucciones
  1. Cubre con “Laughing Cow Original Creamy Swiss” o sustituto uniformemente las rodajas de pepino.
  2. Añade los arándanos secos.

Notas
Las rodajas de pepino contienen 1 g de carbohidrato. 1 Laughing Cow Original Creamy Swiss tiene 1 g de carbohidrato. Los arándanos contienen 4 g carbohidratos netos.

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Banana “Sushi” Rolls, Carrots, & Kiwi

My husband and I love sushi. Our kids…not-so-much. Sushi with peanut butter and banana, on the other hand, they can get behind.

I calculated the 4 above sushi rolls as approximately 17 NET CARBS.

5 slices of kiwi=6.5 NET CARBS

4 baby carrots= 2 NET CARBS

Rollos de sushi de guineo

4 rollos sushi contienen aproximadamente 17 carbohidratos netos.

5 Rodajas de kiwi=6.5 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS

4 zanahorias baby= 2 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS

Banana "Sushi" Rolls

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice Krispies cereal (I use the gluten-free, whole grain brown rice kind)

Instructions

  1. Spread peanut butter over the outside of the banana, and then roll in cereal until coated. Cut into thick slices.

Notes

4 slices of banana (approximately 1" round)= 11 NET CARBS. 1 Tablespoon peanut butter= 3 NET CARBS 2 Tablespoons Rice Krispie cereal= 3 NET CARBS

4 pieces banana "sushi"= 17 NET CARBS

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4.8 from 4 reviews

Rollos de sushi de guineo
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Receta por: thebreakfastproject.com
Ingredientes
  • Guineo
  • Mantequilla de maní
  • Rice Krispies cereal (yo uso el grano entero libre de gluten)

Instrucciones
  1. Untar mantequilla de maní por la parte exterior del guineo.
  2. Cubrir con el cereal.
  3. Cortar en rebanadas.

Notas
4 rodajas de guineo (aproximadamente 1″de ancho)= 11 carbohidratos netos. 1 Cucharada mantequilla de maní= 3 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS 2 cucharadas de cereales “Rice Krispie”= 3 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS
4 Rollos de sushi de guineo = 17 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS

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Almond Milk Smoothie

My kids love smoothies! And I love them because I often can throw in veggies that they wouldn’t otherwise eat. I recently began experimenting with using almond milk as a base for my smoothies and the results have been great! The best part of all is that it really cuts down on the carb total. Here is one such smoothie recipe, from bakedbree.com, that uses almond milk.

You could pack this smoothie in a lunch as well, by packing it in a thermos like the one pictured above. Read this MOMables post for details.

1 serving (1/2 of the total smoothie mixture) contains 13.5 NET CARBS.

I divide this smoothie between both of my boys and they each got a decent portion. For an adult, this recipe would probably only make 1 serving.

Almond Milk Smoothie

Serving Size: 2

Recipe adapted from bakedbree.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • One handful fresh spinach
  • Juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Garnish with additional berries.
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4.8 from 4 reviews

Batido de leche de almendra
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Serves: 2
 

Receta por: bakedbree.com.
Ingredientes
  • 1 taza de leche de almendra con sabor a vainilla
  • 1 cucharada miel
  • 1 cucharadita de aceite de coco
  • ½ taza de moras congeladas
  • ½ taza de frambuesas congeladas
  • un puñado espinacas frescas
  • jugo de medio limón

Instrucciones
  1. Mezcla todos los ingredientes hasta obtener una mezcla homogénea. Adorne con las frambuesas.
  2. Porción (1/2 del total del batido mezcla) contiene 13,5 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS.

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Salami, Cheese Stick, Crackers & Frozen Peas

As often as possible, I try to utilize 0 carb options, especially for snacks. This list is comprised of meat, cheese, and certain veggies. My son loves the snack combination of summer sausage, string cheese, and crackers. I usually pair this with fruit or a veggie and it makes for a filling and super low carb snack. Pictured is some frozen peas. My son is big on food texture and cooked peas are just a bit too mushy for his liking. I saw the idea to give kids frozen peas on the 100 Days of Real Food blog, and I was shocked at how receptive my kids were to them!

2 oz salami= 1 carb

5 whole grain Ritz crackers= 10 NET CARBS

1 string cheese stick= 0 carbs

1 Tablespoon frozen peas= 0 carbs

Salami, queso, galletas saladas y guisantes congelados

2 oz salami= 1 carb

5 g de Ritz crackers “whole grain” = 10 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS

1 barrita de queso = 0 carbohidratos

1 cucharada de guisantes congelados= 0 carbohidratos

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MOMables Raw Cookie Dough Bites & Apple Slices

My boys LOVE these MOMables Raw Cookie Dough Bites! They are full of wholesome, filling, ingredients but taste so sweet you really get a treat fix! These are great for a snack or a great addition to a packed lunch.

Because peanut butter, coconut flour, and flax seed are all so high in fiber, the total net carbs in 1 cookie dough bite equals only 8.5 g. Much better than most recipes containing “cookie” in the title! My calculations were based off of my mixture yielding 14 cookie dough balls.

The apple slices pictured contained 9 NET CARBS.

MOMables Raw Cookie Dough Bites

Yield: 14 balls

Recipe source: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • ½ cup creamy raw almond butter or peanut butter
  • ¼ cup, plus 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup, plus 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips or carob chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the nut butter, honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla until creamy and well blended. In a separate bowl, combine the coconut flour, ground flax seed and sea salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well to combine. Use your hands to knead the dough. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more coconut flour. If it’s too dry and doesn’t hold together well, knead in one teaspoon of water. Fold in the dark chocolate chips or carob chips. Scoop out tablespoon-size portions and roll into one-inch balls using your hands to create a bite-sized treat.
  2. Refrigerate truffles for 30 minutes before serving.
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4.8 from 4 reviews

MOMables Raw Cookie Dough Bites
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Receta: MOMables.com
Ingredientes
  • ½ taza mantequilla de almendra o mantequilla de maní
  • ¼ de taza, más 1 cucharada miel o jarabe de “maple”
  • ½ cucharadita extracto de vainilla
  • ¼ de taza y 1 cucharada harina de coco
  • 3 cucharadas semillas de lino
  • ¼ de cucharadita sal
  • ¼ de taza chocolate chips

Instrucciones
  1. En un recipiente grande, mezcla la mantequilla de maní, miel (o jarabe “maple”) y la vainilla hasta que quede cremoso y bien mezclados.
  2. En un recipiente aparte, mezcle la harina de coco, semillas de lino y sal.
  3. Añadir los ingredientes secos a los húmedos y mezclar bien para combinar.
  4. Usa las manos para amasar la masa. Si la masa está demasiada húmeda, añade un poco más de harina de coco. Si está demasiado seca y no se une al amasar, añade una cucharadita de agua. Añade los chips de chocolate.
  5. Utilizando una cucharada crea las porciones y fórmalas con las manos en bolas de una pulgada.
  6. Refrigera por 30 minutos antes de server.

Notas
Debido al alto contenido de fibra de la mantequilla de maní, coco harina y semillas de lino, los carbohidratos netos totales en la masa equivale a sólo 8,5 g. por porción. Mi mezcla rindió para 14 porciones de masa.
Las rodajas de manzana que se muestran en la foto contienen 9 CARBOHIDRATOS NETOS.

Nutrition Information
Tamaño de la porción: 14 bolas

Of course, these are all just a sampling of some of the snacks we have at our house. I plan to share more snack ideas in the future!

What are some of your kids’ favorite low carb snacks?

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Comments:

  1. I love all of your creative ideas! I’ll have to try the banana sushi and cookie dough bites. Those look delicious.

    • Thanks, Gabrielle! You’ll have to let me know how you like them if you decide to make them! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Edie York says:

    Live your ideas!!!

    I have a question about your nutritional values. You mention low carb a lot, but you never mention the sugar content of you recipes. Why is so? I think keeping an eye on sugar, not just carbs is important too.

    Looking forward to your feedback!

    • Hi Edie,
      I am glad you like the ideas! Sugar is something I am always monitoring, it just isn’t something I have calculated and recorded on this blog. I have had another person request this too though, so that is definitely something I will consider doing in future recipes. I appreciate the feedback! :)

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  4. I just tried the cookie dough bites today – they were phenomenal!!!!!! I will definitely make these again (maybe a double batch next time!)! Thanks!

    • I’m so glad you liked them, Brenda! They are for sure a favorite around here- I just made a batch last week! I have a problem with them…I can’t stay out of them when they are in my refrigerator ;).

  5. These are GREAT ideas for adults. I am new to diabetic eating and keep thinking bread with peanut butter is my only snack option. THANK YOU!!!

  6. Hilary Bair says:

    These are some amazing ideas! My daughter just got diagnosed with diabetes and these are a great resource to add to our collection. Thank you!

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