Living with diabetes can suddenly transform a person into carb-counting royalty. Of the three macronutrients — carbs, protein, and fat — carbs have the greatest effect on blood sugar by far. For people with diabetes like me, that means we have to watch our carb intake very carefully.

As someone who’s always enjoyed food and loved snacking on comfort foods and soul-nourishing goodies, my diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2013 forced me to search for new recipes and new ways of enjoying my favorites.

The good news is, I discovered there are so many ways to eat low-carb and still feel like you’re indulging!

Here are three of my go-to recipes. For all the carb counters out there, these are simple, diabetes-friendly, and also delicious.

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Pepperoni cheese chips and dip

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 20 slices of pepperoni or salami
  • 2 oz. grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. your favorite seasoning (paprika, onion, or garlic powder)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (232°C).
  2. Place meat slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Top with as much cheese as you’d like on each slice.
  4. Sprinkle your favorite seasoning.
  5. Place in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese turns golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool while you whip up the dip.
  7. For the dip, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and ranch in a bowl and serve cold.

*About 1 carb per serving.

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Stuffed mushrooms

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 whole brown “baby bella” cremini mushrooms
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 oz. grated cheese (your favorite)
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chives for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).
  2. Fry the bacon until crispy. Set aside and let cool.
  3. Remove stems from mushrooms. Chop the stems into small pieces.
  4. Sauté chopped mushrooms and onions in the bacon fat until onions turn transparent.
  5. In a bowl, crumble bacon and mix in the onions, mushroom stems, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place whole mushrooms in a greased baking dish and add the ingredient mixture to each mushroom.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until toppings are golden brown. Sprinkle with chives and enjoy!

*About 4 carbs per serving.

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Fluffy keto mousse

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • a handful of fresh berries* (strawberry, raspberry or blueberry)
  • 1 oz. almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whip the heavy cream with a hand mixer until it reaches a thick consistency.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and mix in with a spoon.
  3. Add berries and nuts. Stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Enjoy cold!

*The carb count depends on the amount and type of berries. Strawberries and raspberries are low in carbs. Blueberries have a bit more carbs.

These recipes are my go-to for low-carb snacking. And while they’re plenty tasty as listed, feel free to add your own spin. They’re designed to be fast to make, delicious, and versatile. Play around and create your own versions — your blood sugar will thank you!


Her name might be Paloma, but she answers to “Glitter Glucose”! She’s a 28-year-old, full-time diabetes advocate from Scottsdale, Arizona, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April 2013. She created this persona two years later to connect with other people living with diabetes. Through her blog and Instagram, she’s been able to connect with people worldwide. Paloma loves sharing her favorite products, foods, fashion, and personal life!