What can I eat with fruit as a snack if I have diabetes?

Jessica Crandall
Nutrition & Dietetics

Any type of protein would be a great combination with fruit. This will stabilize your blood sugars. For a snack be sure the fruit choice is not over 15 grams of carbohydrates. Some good protein options to go with your fruit are:

  • low-fat string cheese
  • peanut butter
  • handful of unsalted nuts
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Work with a Registered Dietitian to get appropriate snacks for your lifestyle.





Try topping your fruit with cinnamon (which has been shown in some studies to help lower blood sugar levels). Natural almond butter is delicious, and a great alternative to peanut butter. Add unsalted nuts including walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts to your snack list which will increase your protein and fiber intake. You can also try some fresh cut up veggies (such as red pepper or cucumbers) dipped in hummus or homemade bean dip. Or try adding a hard boiled egg to your afternoon fresh fruit snack for a healthy protein boost.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.