What are some good portable snacks for people with diabetes?

Jessica Crandall
Nutrition & Dietetics
Portable snacks such as nuts with fruit, yogurt with high fiber cereal, or crackers and tuna are some of the great snacks that my clients use when needing portable snacks. Also some protein bars can be helpful as well.
Eating healthfully can be a challenge when you travel constantly or feel like you live in your car. One helpful hint is to keep a small insulated cooler and some cold packs in your car for storing food. Packing cut up fresh fruit and vegetables are a good start, and these choices also help provide fiber and keep you hydrated. Next, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and sliced lunchmeat can go in.

And instead of crackers, which not only spike blood sugar but usually contain trans fats and too much salt, choose a Swedish crispbread (like Wasa brand) as an alternative, which can offer fiber and the satisfaction of a cracker. Other healthful snacks/mini meal items include portion controlled packages of nuts and seeds and individually wrapped string cheese.

Also, keep plenty of water and/or sugar free fluids on hand and consider also using a travel mug so you can keep your coffee or tea hot for hours.

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