Whether you’re into high carb snacks on the reg – or not because you choose to eat keto – we all need SOME high carb snacks in our arsenal for lows. These are my favorite HEALTHY high carb snacks to treat a low with. Just like my “healthy LOW CARB snacks for when you’re high AF” I have separated the list into two categories; on-the-go snacks and at-home snacks.
Healthy High Carb Snacks for When Your Blood Sugar is Low AF
Everything listed below is considered paleo, meaning it’s dairy free, grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free, and is minimally processed.
Healthy On-The-Go High Carb Snacks
- Honey Packets
- Maple Syrup Packets
- High Sugar Fruit
- Homemade Cookies or Brownies
- Trail Mix with Dried Fruit and Chocolate
- Fruit Leather or Dehydrated Fruit
Honey packets are an excellent way to treat a low on the go because of how small they are. They typically offer 15g carbs per serving and do well in both heat and freezing weather. I love to stash these all over my car because the New England weather is not always nice to snacks left in cars. But these honey packets, do phenomenally well in extreme weather conditions.
Similar to honey, maple syrup packets are awesome to have on hand because they don’t freeze or melt. They have 15g carbs per serving, are super compact in size (so you can put a ton of them in your fanny pack, purse, sports bra, or wherever). Because maple syrup contains no fat or protein it hits your system FAST! Which is great for emergencies situations or during exercise.
Bars are awesome when you have that “I’m low and I need to chew someone” craving. All bars are not created equally. I like to look for something that has no added sugar or “natural flavors” (which are still artificial flavoring, however because they mimic a real flavor found in nature, they are allowed to call it a “natural flavor” even tho everything about it is fake – sketchy, right?!). Some of my favorite bars are Thunderbird, Kate’s Real Food Bars, and Bearded Brothers.
4. High Sugar Fruit
This is basically anything BUT berries (because berries are low in carbs). You could eat berries, but if you’re dealing with a blood sugar of 50 and you have 3 units of insulin on board, you’re going to be better off eating an apple, some grapes, or pineapple because they have way more sugar in them.
5. Homemade Cookie or Brownies
These are one of my funnest ways to treat a low. I almost always have a batch of THESE BROWNIES in my freezer so I can grab them quick when I need them. They are delicious when frozen, but are just as tasty at room temp.
6. Trail Mix with Dried Fruit and Chocolate
Trail mix is and excellent low snack when you have time to bring up the low. Because it’s loaded with healthy fats, and moderate protein it will be a slow rise back to normal. Plus it satisfies that “I’m low and I need to chew someone” craving mentioned earlier.
7. Fruit Jerky
The healthy version of fruit roll ups, and they taste 10x better! There are lots of companies that make these now, and like bars, they all aren’t created equal. I like to look for ones that have ONLY fruit as the ingredients, like these ones from Solely.
Healthy At-Home High Carb Snacks
- Rice Cake or Toast with PB & Jelly
- Pancake or Waffle with REAL Maple Syrup
- Egg Salad or Chicken Salad on Toast
Smoothies are refreshing way to bring up a low, especially on a hot summer day. The flavor combinations are endless and are a great way to sneak in some antioxidants, greens, and collagen while you’re at it.
2. Rice Cake or Toast with PB & Jelly
You know that “I’m low and I need to chew someone” craving I talked about earlier? Well, rice cakes are the KING at satisfying that craving. Forewarning tho, any time I treat with this snack I ALWAYS over treat because the flavor is just TOO good to stop at one. My favorite jelly recipe to use is from Lisa at Farmhouse On Boone.
3. Pancake or Waffle with Syrup
I almost always have pancakes and waffles on hand because they are great LOW CARB snack (get the recipe I use HERE). HOWEVER, when I’m low is when I allow myself to SLATHER them with REAL maple syrup.
4. Egg Salad or Chicken Salad on Toast
I always have these on hand too. They are an excellent low carb options. But they can easily be made into a high carb options if you eat them on a slice of buttered toast.
Okay, I admit, these ones sound a little fancy and bougie, but I have been LOVING them this summer and HAD to add them to this list. I have been enjoying these as both a low snack and regular snack (I just bolus for them). My favorite sweet way to eat them is with strawberries and whipped cream. I use this recipe for the crepes and for the whipped cream I just put 1 can full fat coconut milk (just the thick cream from the top of the can) with 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 tsp maple syrup, and blend for about 1 minute.
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- honey packets
- maple syrup packets
- Thunderbird Bars
- Kate’s Real Food Bars
- Bearded Brothers Bars
- Fruit Jerky