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Dec 1, 2012 12:41 PM

No Carb "snacks"

My son was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I am looking for snack ideas that he can eat without having to having to count carbs etc. So far I have just been carrying around various cold cuts and cheese sticks and a few veggie sticks that count. I have meals under control but it's the in between snacks that I am at a loss for. Anyone in the same boat?

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  1. Check out the "special diets" boards... lots of discussion there, including snacks for a diabetic child to take to school. Here's one thread: and the snack thread: and a great web site so you'll be in a better position to understand your choices: The single most important piece of advice anywhere for reaching the best choices individualized:

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    1. re: mcf

      nuts and nut butters are excellent snacks.

    2. I'm not diabetic but I do eat low carb.

      frico, hard cooked eggs, salami chips, fat bombs when I want something sweet (pretty rare for me, I don't crave sweet often,) meat jerkys, deviled eggs, jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese wrapped in bacon and baked (I'll eat these right out of the fridge,) some people like pork rinds when they crave crunch.

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      1. re: weezieduzzit

        I always have a bag of almonds in my car, cheese sticks with full fat do very well all day without refrigeration. Some kids like jerky snacks. The special diets boards has a thread discussing the best protein/snack bars for diabetics with the most wholesome ingredients, too.

        1. re: mcf

          Have a new entry; Kind has a new line of nuts and spices bars. The dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt bar is 16 grams of carbs of which 5 are sugars and 7 are fiber. Very good, though I'd like a touch more salt and a bit less sugar.... nutrition info here: There are a few other bars in this new line, I haven't checked the nutrient data on the others, but I plan to buy these by the case for my husband... good ingredients, compared to so many other bars. Here's the whole assortment of the new lower sugar nuts and spice bars:

      2. Beef jerky. Toasted seeds or nuts. (Trader Joe's has lots of options in the nut/dried fruit aisle.) They also have bean chips that may be low carb. You'd have to check the labels to be sure.

        1. Thanks guys. Very helpful. I didn't realize there was a special diet board..

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          1. Lots of choices! My husband (diagnosed in July) loves hard boiled eggs...not for everyone, but lots of markets even carry them pre-peeled for grab and go if you're pressed for time. Cheese sticks for sure...mild mozzarella, sharp cheddar wedges. Does he like olives? I like to mix up a little container of olives (tuna stuffed, spanish, black, pitted kalamata, cured). How about a giant dill pickle sometimes? And for sure almonds...a handful of walnuts. Celery stuffed with peanut butter or full fat cream cheese.