25 Best Snacks for PCOS

“What are the best snacks for women with PCOS?” This is one of the most common questions we get asked by our clients with PCOS.

It seems that many of us are in a snack rut, eating the same snacks and not feeling particularly satisfied.

This often leads to us to turn to the vending machine or break room where less-nutritious foods are.

Below are some tips to help you expand your snack repertoire, providing you healthier, more satisfying food options.

Benefits of Snacking

It’s important for women with PCOS to eat often throughout the day. This
decreases cravings and binges, gives you energy, and helps prevent low blood
sugar (a result of waiting too long to eat between meals). Eat every 3 to 5 hours
and include some type of lean protein and/or fat with each meal or snack.

Snacking Tips

Preparation is key to making successful food choices, but it doesn’t have to be as
difficult as you think.

If you know you always get hungry in the afternoon or come
home ravenous and wanting to eat everything in sight, you know you need a
snack so you need to plan for it.

On Monday, try bringing in enough snacks for
the whole week; that way you don’t have to be bogged down with yet another
thing to remember.

Spend some time on the weekend washing and cutting up
vegetables and fruit; put them in individual plastic bags or containers in
appropriate portion-sizes.

Or, pack snacks for the next day while making dinner.

Have plenty of packing materials on hand like sandwich bags, plastic wrap, foil,
and glass or plastic containers (if reheating is necessary, transfer food from the
plastic container to a plate).

PCOS Snack Ideas

  • · Fruit and nuts or cheese
    · Apple or celery and peanut butter
    · Low-fat cottage cheese and fruit
    · Hard-boiled eggs
    · Plain oatmeal with cinnamon, seeds and nuts
    · Trail mix of nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate
    · Whole grain crackers with cheese or peanut butter
    · Pomegranate seeds
    · Wasabi dried peas
    · Whole wheat fig bars
    · High protein, whole grain and low-sugar bars
    · Instant low-sodium bean or vegetable soups
    · Raw nuts such as walnuts and almonds (1/4 cup is one serving or the size
    of your palm)
    · Single-serving pouches of tuna
    · Dark chocolate (at least 60% coco or higher. Limit to 1 to 2 squares)pcos cookbook

    · Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Coconut Whipped Cream
    • Avacado
    Mini Quiches
    • Popcorn
    • Shrimp cocktail
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
    • Hummus and vegetables
    · Edamame

Happy snacking!

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Comments (7)
  • Alison

    July 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I like your ideas, but I’ve been told that dairy is not a good choice. What are your thoughts? Also do you have any suggestions for premade energy bars? Sometimes I’m in a hurry (or backpacking in the woods, or on a plane…) and fruits and veg aren’t a great option.

  • Angela Grassi

    July 8, 2018 at 7:28 am

    We have a recipe for an energy bar in our coobkook: http://www.pcosnutrition.com/product/cookbook/

    Energy bars and Lara bars good.

    Also check out this recipe for Peanut Butter Protein Bites https://www.pcosnutrition.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-protein-bites/


    April 15, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Dear team

    Please let me know that can pcos patient can have popcorn as some of websites are deniying to grab it plz advice

  • Angela Grassi

    April 24, 2020 at 11:04 am

    yes, enjoy popcorn!

  • Karen

    May 19, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Newly diagnosed and don’t know where to start I don’t drink water fruit juice would be my go to but obviously not now since diagnosis.i tried adding fruit to my water I just can’t bare it.i found a product online called water drops and it’s sweetner is stevia which I know is ok.there are no artificial sugars or anything in this product would that be a go to.

  • Angela Pope

    November 7, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Would like to receive more Pcos friendly snacks please. And dinner ideas as well.

    Thankyou kindly

  • Angela

    December 1, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Angela, have you seen our cookbook? It has 100 recipes and meal ideas: https://www.pcosnutrition.com/product/cookbook/

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