Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD, the founder of Milk & Honey Nutrition, is a diabetes dietitian (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) renowned for combining her knowledge of diabetes and culinary expertise into easy-to-follow recipes and articles!

68 Best Packaged Snacks for Diabetes

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There are so many great packaged snacks for diabetes on the market, but you need to know what to look for! Here are 60+ best diabetes snacks you don’t want to miss.

Having easy to grab, on-the-go snacks makes life a lot easier when you are managing diabetes. Keep reading for my comprehensive list of the best packaged snacks for diabetes!

*Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored in anyway. These are all truly my favorite packaged snacks for diabetes. However, I do work with some of these brands occasionally. Thats actually one of my favorite things about my job… some of my favorite foods to eat are also my clients! And some of the links in this post are affiliate links. What does that mean? It means that if you click on a link and end up purchasing that product, I may get a small commission, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, this article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services. This article and the links contained in it provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical care and should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or registered dietitian.

What to look for in healthy snacks for diabetes? 

Before we dive into healthy snacks for diabetes, I thought it would be good to review what to look for in recommended diabetes snacks to buy. There are a few factors I considered when choosing the recommended packaged snacks for diabetes below. 

We want packaged diabetes snacks with the following criteria:

  • Have at least 4g of protein or 4g of fiber or both
  • Preferably contain some sort of plant-based fat source, though not required
  • Made from whole grains (if applicable)
  •  Low glycemic index
  • Made from quality ingredients
  • Easy to consume on-the-go
  • Low in sugar relative to the overall carbohydrate count

Now, obviously there are going to be some exceptions to this and I will try to note those as best I can. But it’s important to remember not to approach food with a list of black and white guidelines. Food has nuance. There is an ebb and a flow to what works sometimes and doesn’t work at other times. Just something to keep in mind. 

And, if you want to read more in depth on this idea of balancing blood sugars and choosing the right foods, make sure to check out my tips for blood sugar balance

It’s important to have some favorite healthy store bought diabetes snacks

Like I said above, it’s important to have a list of good go-to options for packaged snacks. Whether you have diabetes or not, we all live busy lives at one point or another and people with diabetes deserve to have good options to choose from just like everyone else. And making everything from scratch at home just isn’t realistic.

What’s on my list of best diabetes snacks?

If you keep scrolling, you’ll see the following categories of packaged snacks for diabetes: crackers, chips, popcorn, bars, cookies, desserts, eat with a spoon, breakfast cereals, low blood sugar treatments, kid-friendly and new snacks available in 2022. If you have another category you’d like to see me tackle, leave a comment at the end and I’ll add it! 

Category List of best packaged snacks for diabetes

Jump to one of the categories to see my top choices:

Diabetes snacks to buy

I’ve listed several options in each category for diabetes snacks. Does this mean these are all of the best out of every product on the market? No. In spite of how much research I do, there’s just no way to know every single product that’s on the market. Each category has my favorites for both “diabetes-friendliness” and flavor/taste/texture etc.

*As you’ll see noted below, I decided to expand on the energy/protein/snack “bar” category and have a whole separate blog post on this packaged snacks for diabetes category. You can access that post here, and I’ll link it again below.

Are snacks for type 1 diabetes different than snacks for type 2 diabetes?

Since I get asked pretty frequently if the products I recommend and recipes I develop are just for people with type 1 diabetes (probably because I myself have type 1), I want to clarify… 

Just like all of the other content I put out here on my website and on social media, the recommendations for snacks in this post apply to people with all types of diabetes, and anyone looking to balance blood sugars and energy levels.

Snacks for diabetes type 2

All of the snacks below are appropriate for people with type 2 diabetes. How much and when to eat them is what will differ person to person. Choosing diabetes snacks (type 2 and prediabetes especially), will be impacted by the type of medications you take and your daily routine.

New packaged snacks for diabetes in 2023!

I originally wrote this post back in December 2020 and like to update it once/year. So, it was time for a 2023 update! These are some new products I’ve tried this year and highly recommend!

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  • Catalina Crunch Lemon Creme Cookies: I’m a sucker for anything lemon flavored and love the 4g protein and 3g of fiber per serving you get with these cookies!
  • Quevos Pita Style Protein Chips Made From Egg Whites: Normally, I’d be pretty skeptical of something made from egg whites like this, but these are so tasty and the sour cream and onion flavor is spot on.
  • Wise Bites Soft Mini Cookies: I haven’t had the opportunity to try these yet, but I’ve seen enough positive reviews to tell me they’re going to be quite good! Each serving offers 4g fiber and 4g protein.
  • Good Measure Almond Crisps: These are guaranteed to be your new favorite blood sugar friendly cracker! I’ve tried both flavors and they’re equally delicious and crunchy.
  • Biena Super Crunch Mix: This is another product I haven’t had a chance to try yet, but based on how tasty the original Biena Chickpea flavors are, I’m sure this will be equally tasty and great for on the go snacking.
  • KIND THINS bars: This new product from Kind Snacks comes in a variety of flavors and has only 10g carbohydrate per bar.
  • Lily’s Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels: Here’s another delicious and tasty sweet treat from my friends at Lily’s chocolates. You’ll want to eat the whole bag in one sitting!
  • Chobani Zero Sugar Yogurt: Similar to the Chobani Less Sugar line, this yogurt is a tasty alternative to their higher sugar regular flavors.
  • Bear YoYo’s Real Fruit Rolls: This is a great new fun snack for treating low blood sugars!

Best crackers for diabetes

I figured we’d start this list of best snacks for diabetes with my favorite food: crackers! As a general guide, try to choose crackers that are made from whole grains or nuts and seeds.

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  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers: I love finding the big box of these almond flour crackers at Costco. They offer a lower carbohydrate version of traditional sea salt crackers.
  • Simple Mills Sprouted Seed Crackers: Similar to the almond flour crackers, these sprouted seed crackers are a nut-free lower carb option.
  • Wasa Multigrain Crackers: Wasa crackers are larger in size and perfect for layering on protein and fiber rich toppings.
  • Triscuit Thin Crisps: If you’re looking for an easy and tasty to way to add some fiber in, these crackers are just the way to do that! Each serving offers 4g fiber.
  • RW Garcia Veggie Crackers: My go-to crackers for every charcuterie board I make. These veggie-rich crackers are perfect with everything from cheese to guacamole.
  • Crunchmaster Multi Seed Crackers: If you’re in need of another gluten free, blood sugar friendly option, these crackers should be on your list!
  • From the Ground Up Cauliflower Crackers: Don’t let the name scare you away, these crackers are made with a variety of veggies and nutrient dense ingredients.
  • Bob’s Red Mill Oat Crackers: Oat flour gives these crackers a protein and flavor boost you’ll love. They come in 4 different flavors.
  • Good Measure Almond Crisps: The flavors on these crackers are out of this world delicious! And, they have the perfect crunch all while having very little impact on blood sugar levels.

Best chips for diabetes

Many of the options below use beans as a base. This adds additional protein and fiber.

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Best popcorn for diabetes

Popcorn is naturally higher in fiber than other crunchy/salty snacks (making it a must on this list of best sPopcorn is naturally higher in fiber than other crunchy/salty snacks (making it a must on this list of best snacks for diabetes), but when flavorings are added like caramel or kettle corn, it’s important to pay attention to how much sugar is being added. 

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Best snack bars for diabetes

This was by far the most requested category! I’ve listed a few of my favorites below, but make sure to check out this full blog post here that breaks down every category of “bar.”

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  • MunkPack KETO Bars– Looking for that classic granola bar flavor without the blood sugar spike? These bars are tasty and super nostalgic, with only 2g net carbs.
  • Simple Mills Soft Baked Bars: These bars are great as a breakfast option and offer a lower glycemic alternative to muffins or other more breaded bars.
  • Clif Kids Protein Bars: I love the taste and texture of these higher protein Kids Clif bars.
  • GoodMeasure Bars: GoodMeasure bars offer a nutrient dense bar option that has both fiber and protein. And, barely any impact on blood sugars.
  • KIND THINS bars: With only 10g carbs, these thin crunchy bars are delicious and a great quick option.

Sweet Snacks for diabetes

The next two sections will cover some of my favorite sweet diabetes snacks. Sweet snacks are not off limits with diabetes. Look for options, like the snacks below, that also have fiber and protein.

And if you’re in the mood to make your own sweet snacks at home, make sure to check out my cookbook, The Easy Diabetes Desserts Cookbook!

Best store-bought cookies for diabetes

When it comes to cookies, we want to decrease the sugar as much as possible but still have a delicious cookie! One way to do this is to find grain free cookies made with nut-based flours so there’s less carbs, and more protein and fat… but still a delicious cookie!

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  • Simple Mills Crunchy Cookies: Picture a more blood sugar friendly version of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, and that’s what these are. So good!
  • Simple Mills Soft Baked Cookies: These soft baked cookies are slightly larger than their crunchy counterparts and are a great alternative to traditional packaged cookies.
  • Soozy’s Grain Free Cookies: I love the flavors that Soozy’s cookies come in, and just like the Simple Mills cookies, they’re made from almond flour, which decreases their glycemic load and ability to impact blood sugar levels.
  • Catalina Crunch Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies: While these don’t taste exactly like Oreo’s by any means, they’re a delicious sandwich cookie option with only 4g carbohydrate/cookie.
  • Catalina Crunch Lemon Creme Cookies: I love anything lemon flavored and just like the Chocolate Vanilla version, these cookies are tasty and low carb.
  • MunkPack Protein Cookie These are big cookies and could substitute as a higher protein meal!
  • HU Grain Free Cookies: Much like the Simple Mills cookies, these cookies are deliciously crunchy and easy on blood sugars.
  • High Key Chocolate Chip Cookies: HighKey cookies aren’t my personal first pick for flavor, but I know enough people who prefer these above all the others in this list that I thought it was worth including them.
  • Wise Bites Soft Mini Cookies: I haven’t had the opportunity to try these yet, but I’ve seen enough positive reviews to tell me they’re going to be quite good! Each serving offers 4g fiber and 4g protein.

Best desserts for diabetes

The desserts below are an assortment of lower sugar and higher protein chocolates and candies, as well as some of my favorite lower sugar and higher protein frozen treats! Want more ideas? Check out this full post on the best desserts for diabetes!

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Best snacks you eat with a spoon for diabetes

From yogurts to puddings to everything in between, my favorite lower sugar and higher protein options are below.

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  • Siggi’s 4% yogurt: Most of the Siggi’s flavors are quite low in sugar, but the primary reason I love Siggi’s is the super creamy texture!
  • Chobani Less Sugar Greek Yogurt: This is by far my favorite and preferred yogurt. I buy it every week!
  • Chobani Zero Sugar Yogurt: Similar to the Chobani Less Sugar line, this yogurt is a tasty alternative to their higher sugar regular flavors.
  • MUSH Overnight Oats: Made from simple ingredients and delicious flavors, MUSH overnight oats is a great sweeter-tasting breakfast that’s also higher in protein and fiber.

Best breakfast cereals for diabetes

These cereals below are higher in fiber and protein and lower in sugar than traditional breakfast cereals! Another option if you have a favorite breakfast cereal that’s not exactly “blood sugar friendly” is to pair your cereal with plain 2% Greek yogurt instead of milk. The added fat and protein (and lower carbohydrate count) of the Greek yogurt compared to milk, may help balance blood sugars better. Want more ideas? Check out this post on the The Best Breakfast Cereals for Diabetes!

Catalina Crunch, Three Wishes, KIND granola, Love Grown, Nature’s Path Qia Super Flakes, One Degree Organic Sprouted Oat Honey O’s packaged snacks for diabetes
  • Catalina Crunch: Catalina Crunch cereal is my personal favorite when it comes to taste. Each serving has 9g fiber, 11g protein, and 0g sugar. It is sweetened with a combination of stevia and monk fruit.
  • Three Wishes: Magic Spoon cereal offers fun flavors like Blueberry Muffin and Cookies & Cream. They’re a more blood sugar friendly version of some of your favorite cereals as a kid!
  • KIND granola: With KIND granola, the amounts of added sugar vary from flavor to flavor, and have 10g+ protein in each serving. The main ingredients include nuts, nut butter, seeds, and oats.
  • Love Grown: These were the first product I tried from this brand, and they did not disappoint. Each serving has 4g protein and 4g fiber. 
  • Nature’s Path Qia Super Flakes: The crunch on this cereal is incredible… even after a few minutes of sitting in milk!
  • One Degree Organic Sprouted Oat Honey O’s: These are very similar to Cheerios and offer a fun classic flavor!

Best diabetes snacks for low blood sugar treatments

Did you know you can treat a low blood sugar with more than just candy and glucose gel? These are some of my favorite store-bought packaged options. (Check with your doctor to make sure they are ok with these options for you.)

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  • Applesauce pouches (I just grab the store brand unsweetened variety. Most are 12-15g carb/pouch)
  • Raisins (The mini boxes are typically 11-12g/box)
  • Juice boxes (Most stores offer shelf stable juice boxes that are 12-18g carb depending on the flavor you choose.)
  • Fruit snacks (So quick and easy, and cheap!)
  • Banana (Pre-packaged by nature, and highly portable!)
  • Nature Nate’s Honey Co. honey minis: These are perfect for on the go easy low blood sugar treatments.
  • Bear YoYo’s Real Fruit Rolls: Since treating a low blood sugar can be anything but fun, it helps to have some fun snacks ready to go.

Best snacks for kids with diabetes

Kids love salty, crunchy snacks it seems. These are some of my favorite lower carbohydrate crunchy options. (Note: I am not saying kids with diabetes need to eat low carb. All of the snacks in this post are good for kids, but sometimes a child’s blood sugar might be high and they are hungry. These lower carb options are good for those situations.) Also great for adults too! And all of the snacks listed in this entire blog post are great for kids too!

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  • Moon Cheese: Moon Cheese is super crunchy and comes in a variety of flavors with 0g carbohydrate.
  • Whisps: Similar to Moon Cheese, but slightly larger in size, Whisps offer some additional flavor options.
  • Country Archer Meat Sticks: These are great for keeping in your purse or a child’s backpack for a quick shelf stable protein source.
  • Catalina Crunch Keto Friendly Crunch Mix: Catalina Crunch hit it out of the park with this product. Crunch Mix offers a more blood sugar friendly option to Chex Mix.
  • Biena Super Crunch Mix: This is another product I haven’t had a chance to try yet. But, the original Biena Chickpea flavors are so tasty. I’m sure this will be great for on-the-go snacking.

What are you favorite packaged snacks for diabetes? Tell me in the comments below! And of course, feel free to share this with anyone you know who is in search of good diabetes-friendly snacks!

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Updated: March 2023.

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38 Responses

  1. We love Beanitos chips! Tried them on a whim in a Thrive Market order and they’re on the regular re order list now 😂

  2. Thank you so much for this list. My husband was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I have been having a timing finding a list of snacks he can eat.

  3. I’m trying to put together a welcome home basket for a friend’s 6yo who was just diagnosed. Are there grocery stores with designated and trustworthy diabetic food areas? I’m in the PNW for reference.

  4. At 52 years old, I was recently diagnosed as type 1 diabetic. This list will help me prepare my snacks for the day as I head back to work. I am also looking for meal ideas for work and home.

  5. My dad and i have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Thank you so much for your website/blog!
    Also any suggestions for a doughnut lover? My father misses them terribly.

  6. Hi, I just ran across this article! Love the list of snacks! My question is do you have a list that would be good for diabetics AND someone that has to watch salt?

  7. Great Information !! My daughter’s Hb A1c was 9 in September. My Hb A1c is 5.8. WE need to know about these Snacks, so we can do better together !!

  8. Thank you for putting this list together. Most diabetics have a hard time giving up bread and starches. It takes a little work to change your lifestyle in order to get the disease under control. Snacking is an integral part of that change.

  9. Most of these products listed I don’t see in my local supermarket. I don’t shop at Whole Foods, as they are too expensive. As someone on a budget, I have to be frugal with buying food. But being diabetic, I have to watch carbs, which appear to be in pretty much every food, except meat. I’m not a fan of shopping online. What do you suggest?

  10. Your pictures the best thing EVER!!!!! People get tired of always reading. I took pics on my phone and now I know what is the better decisions!! Now do meals with pictures. Drinks with pictures. Etc etc etc etc u will see more followers!!!

  11. Thank you for this list! I was diagnosed T2D couple years ago and I’m finally taking stock of my life. Not fully there, but at least starting 🙂

    Currently ill & goodness my Saltines are skyrocketing my blood sugar! Who would’ve thunk it? Once I feel better, this list will accompany me to the store. So thank you again.

    Just want to mention to Janice I totally agree about being frugal. I should be on a budget but just do my best to watch my money. The cheapest food is the crappiest, most processed, and unhealthiest available UGH! So I feel you.

  12. I was diagnosed today with type 2. 6.5. I knew I was overdoing the sweets, Pepsi etc. but food is my go to to calm me. My husband has Moderate for 10 years and I feel burned out with him. But I can turn this around real fast and I will by getting your trays and limiting myself. Thank you so much. You’re my new buddy. 💞

  13. This is GREAT! I am new to the diabetic world so this is very helpful in helping me get started with my change in eating habits. Thank you!!

  14. I love your tiktoks. I was feeling very defeated as docs and nutritionist told me only diet was Mediterranean diet. To me that’s not living. It’s survival. Yes both part of my plan but allergic to many foods as substitutes like cauliflower and tree nuts. So it can get tricky. Breakfast was 2 eggs, p.nutbtter toast and a orange. I’m full and happy. Thank you more recipes please.

  15. Have you tried this snack called “Dark Chocolate Quinoa Krunch”? Wondering if that snack is also good for diabetics.

  16. Thanks for all your info. Diagnosed when I retired. Been having some lows. (30’s to 50’s) My go to has been fruit juice (counting carbs) and if I start to feel better, a banana and /or Greek yogurt. My doctor retired, and I have a new one, but appointment is 2 months away. Subgestions?

  17. Some of my go to snacks: any flavor of Siete chips, Raspberry Chia Superbark, Parm Crisps Everything, Autumns Gold grain free granola and Mary’s Gone Crackers super seed crackers.

  18. I am diabetic on a low sodium diet. I truly appreciate posts like yours. I do my shopping from a wheelchair so I literally sit there and read labels. Carbs, fiber, salt are my main focus. The higher the fiber the better. It took some doing but I do not miss salt. There are many ways to flavor food. When shopping for our type of products, look to the higher shelves and look for mini specialty sections at the ends of aisles. They want to sell to you so ask for assistance. It can be done and you can do it!

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