Safe and healthy snacking options in Type 1 Diabetes

Recipes for Healthy snacking

A big issue for people with type 1 diabetes is about the ideal food for diabetics. What suits one may not suit another for various reasons – taste, allergies, and availability. Let’s explore some safe snacking options for people with type 1 diabetes.
The ideal snack for people with diabetes type I are fruits and salads. These can be eaten full, sliced, or chopped.

Fruits for Diabetics

Sugar found in fruits is called fructose. It is easily absorbed and low on the glycemic index. Ideal fruits for diabetics are :

Citrus fruits – These are high in Vitamin C, potassium, fiber and contain fructose. Oranges, pomelo, limes, lemons, and grapes are from the citrus family.
Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are high on vitamins, minerals, and fiber
• Papaya, pomegranate, and guava are very beneficial for everyone, especially for people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Healthy snacking options in type 1 diabetes

Mixed fruit chat

Chop the fruits. Add a little chat masala and lemon juice and toss – healthiest option

Vegetable Salad

Sliced cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, green beans chopped and tossed with, vinegar, olive oil and or lime juice, salt and pepper or any other no fat dressing is good as a snack or as a main course.

Sliced cucumbers, radish, capsicum, carrots taste wonderful with a dip. For the dip, mix salt pepper, garlic paste, finely chopped onions, chopped olives with hung curd.


Soak green gram and tie in a wet cloth to sprout. Wash and add salt, pepper onions and snack on it.

For nutritious mid-time snacking – Low-calorie, nutritious snacks with tea

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds- Almonds can be dry roasted and coated with salt and chat masala.
  • macadamia
  • Poha( beaten rice)
  • Upma
  • Idli
  • Roasted masala murmuras (puffed rice)
  • Masala Quinoa

For a person with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, it is advisable to eat small portions, at short intervals. Usually, there is a lot of time gap between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner. Healthy snacking keeps hunger and calories away. Say hello to healthy snacking and bye to samosas, pakodas and other fried or packaged food. For more suggestions on healthy food for diabetes consult our nutritionist today.