The Best Store-Bought Desserts for Blood Sugar
If you have a sweet tooth, you know that skipping sweets just won’t cut it when the craving hits. But if you’re managing your blood sugar, you also know that eating too many sweets at once can spike your blood sugar, and nobody wants that.
While it may be tempting to toss those sweet donuts or beloved chocolate puddings into your grocery cart, eating these refined carb-rich foods too often can work against your health goals. Luckily, there are sweet tasting treats you can enjoy that will provide better support for blood sugar management while keeping your taste buds happy.
Finding glycemic-friendly sweets is simple to do with a little know-how. Opting for choices that don’t contain a lot of added sugars is the most important first step in finding the best desserts for your needs. Choosing options that contain fiber, protein, and/or fat can also help manage your blood sugar, as these nutrients help slow the digestion process, ultimately helping to reduce the risk of experiencing a blood sugar spike.
If you’re a sweet tooth and prioritize stable blood sugar, throw some of these desserts in your grocery cart to enjoy with your balanced, nutrient-dense diet. Because ignoring your sweet tooth just isn’t an option.
And for more healthy eating tips, check out The Worst Breakfast Mistake for High Blood Sugar.
This pint of light chocolate cake batter ice cream has less sugar than regular ice cream, and it’s the perfect flavor to celebrate every day. Having both protein and fiber in desserts can help manage blood sugar naturally. And since Halo Top Chocolate Cake Batter contains 18 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber per pint, this dessert contains the key nutrients that can make a difference in our results.
When a craving for the classic tasty combo of dark chocolate and peanut butter arises, grabbing a perfectly dosed cup of UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter can do the trick. Each cup is individually wrapped, making portion control a breeze.
And with 6 grams of fat and some fiber and protein in each cup, there’s a balance of blood sugar-balancing macros that make this treat a good option for many people who are focused on managing their blood sugar. Prime? The taste is truly amazing, and you’d never know they’re made with 36% less sugar than leading Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
Wild blueberries have this wonderful blue hue thanks to the anthocyanin pigment they naturally contain. Data showed that anthocyanin intake may be related to decreased fasting blood sugar and increased insulin sensitivity. Another study looking at three different groups of anthocyanins found that blueberries may help induce insulin secretion (which is a common problem in people with type 2 diabetes). Prime? Wild blueberries have a natural sweetness with no added sugar.
Wyman Wild Blueberries contain up to 33% more anthocyanins than regular blueberries, making them a perfect choice for a dessert or ingredient. Add them to yogurt, stir them into a cobbler, or make them Wild blueberry sorbet for a delicious dessert with antioxidants!
With 7 grams of protein and just one gram of sugar per bar, these yogurt snacks can be the perfect sub for a creamy cheesecake craving. The fat and fiber in these bars certainly don’t harm the blood sugar cause either. Dipped in chocolate and sweetened with stevia, these bars are a great portion-controlled option that everyone can sink their teeth into.
Chocolate covered nuts are always a delicious choice. But sometimes these classic snacks contain way too much chocolate and not enough nuts. SkinnyDipped only adds a thin layer of chocolate to these snacks, making it a better choice for you with 5 grams of protein and far less sugar than most other options on the market.
Maverick cookies contain 40% less sugar than leading children’s cookies, along with 3 grams of fiber and some protein.
For all the cookie freaks out there who know that eating too many chocolate chunks or oatmeal raisins isn’t a good idea when it comes to blood sugar management, know that you can still enjoy your favorite food inside of you. pressing options that are better for you.
Ditch your traditional sugar-laden sandwich cookies for these low-sugar treats. With just 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein, these perfectly portable sandwich cookie packs are designed to be a sweet treat in a lunchbox. Plant-based with no artificial ingredients and available in two traditional flavors, these cookies are a big win.
A rich, keto-friendly, gooey treat with just 1 gram of net carbs is a perfect choice that won’t cause a major spike in blood sugar. And with 5 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, these bites have a good balance of macros that people concerned about controlling their blood sugar can appreciate.
Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC
Lauren Manaker is an award-winning dietitian, book author and recipe creator who has been practicing for nearly 20 years. Learn more about Lawrence