Snacks such as a handful of almonds, a small apple and a banana with peanut butter provide nutrition to type 2 diabetics without the sugar jolts that other types of snacks can cause. Diabetics should count their permitted allocation of carbs before selecting their snacks, advises the American Diabetes Association.
It's important to know how many grams of carbohydrates are in the allowance for a particular snack. For example, if a person with type 2 diabetes only has 5 grams of carbs allotted, then snacks such as 8 green olives, a frozen sugar-free popsicle, a hard-boiled egg, 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries or a cup of light popcorn is permitted, notes the American Diabetes Association.
Other people may be allowed between 10 and 20 grams of carbohydrates. In that case, a pair of 4-inch diameter rice cakes with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a small orange, 1/2 cup tuna salad with four saltine crackers, or 1/4 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup fresh or canned fruit would be acceptable, states the American Diabetes Association.
Before exercising, a snack with as many as 30 grams of carbohydrates is wise, in order to give the body enough energy to complete the exercise routine. Spreading a teaspoon of low-fat tub margarine on an English muffin or combining a medium banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter yields a suitable preworkout snack, reports the American Diabetes Association.