Appetizers for Diabetics: 35+ Diabetic Appetizer Recipes for Every Occasion
Diabetic appetizers are sometimes hard to come by, especially when you’re at a party or get-together. That’s why great diabetic appetizer recipes quickly become family favorites that you hang onto and make over and over again. But let’s face it: those tried-and-true recipes can get a little boring. That’s where these appetizers for diabetics come in! With this many yummy diabetic appetizers to choose from, you’ll never get bored.
There are diabetic appetizer recipes in this list for every occasion, from holidays to game days. And we’ve even included some diabetic snacks at the end of this list, because there are many quick diabetic appetizers that can double as snacks! So whether you’re planning to bring a plate of low-carb diabetic appetizers to pass around at the next potluck you attend, or you’re looking for some great diabetic-friendly game day finger foods, you’re in luck. These recipes are so delicious, no one will guess they’re diabetic friendly!
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Diabetic Party Appetizers
The party’s tomorrow and you still haven’t figured out what to serve for starters. Don’t panic! Just make one of these easy diabetic appetizer recipes. They’ll be a smash hit at the party because they’re so delicious. No one will know these are diabetic party appetizers -- that can be your little secret!
Strong-flavored Swiss cheese goes a long way in making our Cheesy Party Bake a lighter option. This delicious spread teams well with all your usual crackers and veggie dippers.
If you're a fan of those full-sized peppers stuffed with beef and rice, then you're going to love this bite-sized version. Our Stuffed Mini Peppers are perfect for a party snack or friendly get-together 'cause they can be picked up and eaten in just one bite!
Liven up your hard-boiled eggs by using 'em to make these Guacamole Deviled Eggs. Made with fresh avocados and lime, these deviled eggs really know how to make your taste buds feel like they're at a fiesta! These will make the perfect diabetic party appetizer.
Stuffed mushrooms are not only a popular side dish, they're also often enjoyed as party appetizers. Our rich-tasting stuffing will surprise anyone with diabetes, because "yes, you can" eat these Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms, because we made them lighter and healthier.
We made a classic salad a trendy new favorite by stuffing it into baked wonton cups. Our Caesar Salad Cups make great diabetic party appetizers or healthy, low-carb snacks. Enjoy one anytime you want 'cause they're super easy to make!
Diabetic Friendly Christmas Appetizers
Christmas is an especially hard time when you’re following a diabetic diet. There’s so much delicious food around and lots of it isn’t diabetic friendly. But with these diabetic holiday appetizers, you’ll always have something tasty to eat. Make one of these recipes and enjoy your very own diabetic snacks for Christmas without worrying if you’re straying from your diet!
Mini Crab Cakes are the perfect two-bite appetizer for your next gathering, even if all of your guests aren't on a diabetes diet. Loaded with crab meat, plenty of vegetables and spices, you might have to make another batch if you want leftovers of these diabetic-friendly Christmas appetizers!
This pizza-style diabetes-friendly recipe for Cheesy Mushroom Flatbread was so popular when the Test Kitchen team was trying it out, they could barely keep it around. You'll be delighted to see it's packed with taste and healthy ingredients!
There's something about asparagus that always shouts "special!" Treat yourself or your guests to our easy yet elegant toasty Mozzarella-Asparagus Roll-Ups and take a bow! These diabetic appetizers for Christmas will be the hit of the party.
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. From improving your cardiovascular health to keeping your hair and nails strong, your gang'll get more benefits from these Smoked Salmon Rounds than just great taste!
We gave the classic 7-layer dip a healthy makeover! By substituting sour cream and refried beans with Greek yogurt and chickpeas, we were able to get the same textures and flavors that everyone loves without sacrificing anything. (You might even like this version better!) Our Healthy 7-Layer Dip is just what you need at your next potluck!
You'll have a tasty appetizer cooked up in no time with this easy recipe. Speedy Salmon Croquettes will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!
Diabetic Appetizers for Thanksgiving
Just like Christmas, Thanksgiving is a rough time of the year for sticking to your diabetic diet. But it doesn’t have to be all bad! Bring one of these diabetic appetizers for Thanksgiving dinner and you’ll have something tasty to eat -- and just maybe you’ll show the rest of the gang that diabetic foods are delicious, too!
Whether for an anytime autumn gatherings or the holidays, our Cranberry-Nut Spread is packed with nutrition and taste. Crunchy, creamy, tart and tangy, this diabetic Thanksgiving appetizer has it all.
This colorful starter works with almost any veggie you have on hand, and proves that we eat with our eyes! Sprinkle our Veggie-Stuffed Mushrooms with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese just before serving and watch how fast the gang digs in!
Club soda is the secret to making these Baked Sesame Shrimp light and crunchy. In fact, they're so good, nobody will believe you when you tell 'em it's not fried!
It's one of the most popular dips for entertaining. We're talking a creamy artichoke dip. Our lighter Cheesy Artichoke Dip is high in flavor and low in fat and calories so you can enjoy it anytime!
For something a little out-of-the-ordinary, try our Taco Shrimp Bites as an easy diabetic appetizer for Thanksgiving. Every bite is full of flavor, thanks to zesty seasoned shrimp and creamy avocado and sour cream. They'll have a hard time believing this appetizer is low-carb and diabetic-friendly!
This Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Dip has easy written all over it. Plus, with less than 5g of carbs per serving, it's a delicious and nutritious diabetic treat. Grab some fresh vegetables and you'll be all set!
Game Day Diabetic Appetizer Recipes
When it comes to hosting game day parties, most people probably don’t think to provide diabetic-friendly appetizers. So just bring your own! Or, if you’re the host, set out a delicious spread with great diabetic appetizers like these, and your game day crowd will never guess they’re eating diabetic-friendly food!
Our diabetic-friendly Baked Jalapeno Poppers are a healthier alternative to the fried variety. This deliciously cheesy appetizer is perfect for any party or occasion. Whip these up for game day and your whole crowd will go wild!
These are a classic game day diabetic appetizer! We've stuffed crunchy celery sticks with an irresistible creamy blue cheese mixture that'll make this old-time party treat one to reach for. Of course, everything's been lightened up, so go ahead and have a taste!
Hot Diggity Dog "Bites" are the perfect way to celebrate. Think about making them at the start of a new school year as a kid-pleasin' treat or a great game-day appetizer!
These moist and crispy Crunchy Chicken Nibblers are sure to be crowd-pleasers! Plus, they are much better for you than the typical deep-fried popcorn chicken. Just because you're watching what you eat doesn't mean you can't indulge the right way!
Packed with zesty Mexican-style flavor, these easy tortilla rollups slice up to be awesome, good-for-you party appetizers, and nobody will know they are healthy snacks, either!
Pass around a platter of our Asian-inspired pork Teriyaki Cocktail Meatballs and watch them disappear. Just 'cause the ingredients are lighter, doesn't mean we've skimped on flavor. They're scrumptious, and everyone will love this diabetic game day appetizer recipe!
Everyday Low-Carb Diabetic Appetizers
Making appetizers doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to a party or hosting a get-together. Sometimes you just want something a little nicer on your everyday menus. That’s where these low-carb diabetic appetizers come in handy! These diabetic appetizer recipes are perfect for any day of the week because they’re simple, delicious, and low-carb. So you don’t have to feel guilty about adding something extra to the menu tonight!
The next time you're invited to a get-together bring along a plate of Southern Deviled Eggs. This deviled egg recipe is a simple one and calls for some of our favorite, classic ingredients, like mayo and sweet pickle relish. It's a recipe any Southern granny would approve of!
Give your guests a healthier option by setting out a platter of these Easy Cucumber Cups. These bite-sized cups look company-fancy and taste anytime-amazing. They're easy to make, so you can enjoy this low carb diabetic appetizer any day of the week!
This year-round Italian-Style Caponata is especially perfect for big get-togethers. It even makes a nice change-of-pace Thanksgiving Day appetizer. Chock-full of goodness, this is really festive served over toasted bread triangles or on crackers.
Our cheesy Bistro Stuffed Tomato Bites will have everyone saluting you as the "top tomato" in the kitchen! These colorful appetizers make for awesome garnishes too!
These full-flavored meatballs cook up in 15 quick minutes and they're low-carb, with less than 5 grams per serving. We suggest serving out Zesty Sausage Meatballs with warmed spaghetti sauce for dipping.
Between the contrast of the texture from the panko bread crumbs and the full-flavored Parmesan cheese, these low carb diabetic appetizers will be hard to stay away from! But not to worry, they're a diabetes delight, so feel free to indulge!
And who can forget about diabetic snacks to make at home! These appetizer recipes double as delicious snacks, so you can enjoy them any time of day. Make a whole bunch for dinner, and save the leftovers as diabetic snacks to eat the next day! No more wondering how to make diabetic snacks that won’t ruin your diet -- just grab one of these easy recipes the next time you’re hungry and looking for a snack!
Our easy recipe for Mini Margherita Pizza will solve your next snacktime dilemma and keep you well within your diabetes diet. This sure beats take-out, and cooks up in less time than it takes the delivery boy to ring the doorbell!
Our Oven-Baked Egg Rolls are so good, you'll want to make sure you put "egg roll wrappers" on your next grocery list! They're just as good as the ones you've had from your favorite take-out place, but cooked up in a much lighter way!
We've made our recipe for Crispy BBQ Chicken Tenders diabetes-friendly, so you can enjoy this popular party appetizer, too! Your guests will love you for providing these crunchy chicken bites. And if you whip these up as a diabetic snack, you'll love knowing you're sticking to your diabetic diet.
Our homemade Cheesy Italian Pita Triangles bake up crispy and tasty in minutes. These good-for-you wedges are super for healthy snacking as-is or with your favorite lighter dip.
Grab a basket and get ready to have yourself a picnic with these Spring Picnic Roll-Ups! These bite-sized roll-ups are simple, creamy, and so easy to put together. You can serve 'em as appetizers or as a filling diabetic snack.
We love being able to continue enjoying some of our take-out favorites in a healthier way, and that's just the case with these Take-Out Rangoons. This diabetic-friendly version of those creamy wontons we love so much is just as good and won't break our diet!