PCOS Friendly Snacks – Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

PCOS Friendly Snacks – Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

PCOS friendly snack of the Week 


Happy Thursday Y’All! Today I wanted to share with you my favorite PCOS friendly snack of the week.


So I have been thinking lately — and one of the questions I often get from women who have PCOS is,  “What can I snack on?” I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a PCOS friendly snack that checks all the boxes. These might be snacks that I am already recommending – or they might be new finds (you know I heart grocery stores!) I want to introduce to the PCOS community. So onward to the method to my madness!


PCOS friendly snack



If you have already worked with me you know that I look at all foods in context of the allowable carbohydrates for the whole day. What that means is –  everything works around your daily carbohydrate budget.

So if you have a carbohydrate budget of 120 grams per day (think about it like I am giving you $120 to spend on carbs!) – and you spend 30 grams on each breakfast, lunch and dinner you have used 90 grams of your allowable carbohydrates. This leaves you with 30 grams of carbohydrates to spend on snacks! Yay – hooray! So what count as a PCOS friendly snack? I thought you would never ask!

What is a PCOS Friendly Snack?


Typically I like to see 2-3 snacks per day for women with PCOS. These snacks can range anywhere from 0 – 20 grams of carbohydrates and from 50 – 150 calories. I set the upper limit at around 20 grams of carbohydrates as I want to minimize any excessive spikes in insulin.


So now that you the know the “why” now let me tell you the PCOS friendly snack I am enjoying this week.


PCOS friendly snack


Just like everyone I get bored with snacks. So this week when I was in Traders I on the hunt for something different. The Trader Joes Unsalted Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels caught my eye for numerous reasons and of course ended up in my cart! But you may be asking ….


What Makes Trader Joes Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels a PCOS friendly snack ? 


Serving Size

First check out the serving size!  You get 11 pretzels for 140 calories. That’s not too shabby. Calorie wise this fits my criteria of being > 150 calories. Score!


Baby got fat! And that is a GOOD Thing! 

Next – I love the fact that this snack has a decent amount of fat  – 8 grams to be exact. I like snacks that have fat (and protein, too!) in them as I find they provide a certain level of fullness many women with PCOS need. When people eat foods that are low in fats – they tend to not be very filling. What this means is that in no time – their stomachs are growling and they are prowling for the next snack. Remember – the goal of snacking is to stabilize blood sugar and help curve hunger. The 8 grams of fat in these little nuggets should definitely help with that!


Low in Carbohydrates 

Carbohydrate- wise these pretzels are a score – they only have 14 grams of carbs per 11 pretzels. They also have 2 grams of fiber in them as they are made from wheat flour. This should add to the fat content and contribute to your feeling of fullness when you eat this little suckers.


PCOS friendly snack

Push the Protein 


While they are not what I would consider a high protein snack (I consider foods with > 8 grams of protein per serving a higher protein snack) – they do have 5 grams of protein.  It is no surprise that high-protein snacks, as well as balanced meals, have been linked to increased satiety.


In fact, several studies have suggested that protein-containing snacking have the potential to boost satiety and facilitate weight loss. In a longitudinal study, researchers gave 17 men and women with type 2 diabetes moderately high-protein morning and afternoon snacks (5 g to 12 g of protein) for four weeks, and compared the results with their normal eating habits for four weeks. The subjects who ate the two high-protein snacks lost a modest but significant amount of weight (1 kg) during the four-week period. Researchers noted that the subjects’ weight reduction occurred without making any changes in total energy intake (1).


Therefore, not only are these pretzels delicious – they can help promote weight loss. Did someone say winner-winner chicken dinner!?!


Low in Sodium 


Sodium wise – they this PCOS friendly snack is a home run. They only have 80 mg of sodium per serving. I like to keep snacks < 300 mg of sodium whenever possible. We know that many women who have PCOS are pre-disposed to heart disease and hypertension. So in light of that information there is no need to “sodium bomb” anyone! Of note – Trader Joe’s does sell a salted version of these pretzels – but they have about 200 mg more of salt per serving.


PCOS friendly snack


Magic in your Mouth 


It goes without saying that these pretzels taste amazing. They have just the right amount of peanut butter – not too much and definitely not too little. I have tried both the salted and the non-salted version and I actually prefer this version to the former. Most pretzels all you taste is the salt – not these guys. All you taste is the crunchy goodness – and for only 14 grams of carbs these are a true winner in the PCOS snack bag. They are just SO good!



So I would love to know what YOU are snacking on. Have you tried Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter filled pretzels? If SO what ya’ think? Love or hate? What’s in your snack cabinet? Let us know in the comments below. As you know we can never have too many awesome snacks that are PCOS friendly!


Need other suggestions for PCOS friendly snacks? Check out one of my other blog posts that sure to delight your sweet tooth!


Support for women with PCOS




Amy Plano PCOS Dietitian








1. Navas-Carretero S, Abete I, Zulet MA, Martinez JA. Chronologically scheduled snacking with high-protein products within the habitual diet in type-2 diabetes patients leads to a fat mass loss: a longitudinal study. Nutr J. 2011;10:74.


The Best Carbohydrate Counter for Women With PCOS

The Best Carbohydrate Counter for Women With PCOS

Hi Everyone –

This will likely be one of my longest posts – but I think one of the most resourceful blogs! One of the questions I get asked a lot is,  “How do you determine how many carbohydrates are in specific foods?” We can always read the label. But what happens if our food (or beverage) doesn’t have a label? Like champagne! Champagne does not have a label right? [Side note – if you want to be in the know on the carbohydrate content of all alcohol click HERE to get the 411. I wrote a killer blog on this very topic!] Well, that is why exactly I created this fancy guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS.

The ultimate guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS


If you have ever been in a PCOS nutrition session with me, you know I’m like a carbohydrate calculator. Throw any food my way and I can tell you how many grams of carbohydrates are in that particular food. But no worries if you’re not a freak show like me 🙂 That is a-okay!

I’ve created what I consider to be a comprehensive guide to counting carbs for women.with PCOS. This list should be awesome for any woman who has PCOS and is counting their carbs (Hint: if you have PCOS you should always being counting your carbs!)


The ultimate guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS

This list is by no means all-inclusive – but I think I cover the majority carbohydrate containing foods most people eat. If a food is not listed — a great resource which I use all the time is www.calorieking.com . This website is awesome! You can download the app and have the carb count of all foods at the tap of a button! And extra bonus – it is FREE!

You have probably heard me reference that I often recommend a total intake of carbohydrate for most women with PCOS to be between 90 – 140 grams per day. You can use this list below to see how close you are coming within those targets. To be fair – I never count the carbohydrates that are in non-starchy vegetables. The only ones I do count are the starchy vegetables, peas, corn, potatoes and the winter squashes. All other vegetables have about 5 grams of carbs in each 1/2 cup.

Here you go! Enjoy The PCOS Dietitian’s guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS


The BEST guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS


guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS


Carbohydrate Content of Foods


* carbohydrate content may vary from brand to brand, always read the food label if there is one!

Starches                                            Amount                                             Carb grams


Bread, white or wheat                     1 slice (1 oz)                                           15 g

Light bread                                      1 slice (1 oz)                                           7-8 g

Low Carb bread                               1 slice (1 oz)                                          9 g

Challah                                             1 oz                                                       15 g

Lavash, plain                                    2 oz                                                        30 g

Pita bread, all types                          2 oz                                                       30 g

Mini/Pocket                                       1 oz                                                       15g

Turkish/Middle Eastern                     1 oz                                                      15 g

Hamburger or Hot dog bun              1 bun                                                     20 g

Dinner rolls                                       1 small                                                  15 g

Sandwich roll                                   1 medium (2 oz)                                     30 g

Bagel                                                1 (Deli style)                                          60-70g

Mini bagel                                        1 (1 oz)                                                  15 g

Croissant, plain                               1 mini (1 oz)                                           15 g

                                                        1 medium (1 ½ oz)                                20 g

                                                        1 large (2 ½ oz)                                     35 g

Danish, fruit                                     1 regular                                                30 g

Doughnut                                        1 medium                                              25 g

Pancake or waffle, frozen               1 small                                                  15 g

English muffin, plain                       1                                                           30 g

Muffin, blueberry                            1 small (2 oz)                                        30 g

            Dunkin Donuts                    1 regular                                               75 g

Tortilla, corn, 6”                               1.2 oz, each                                         10 g

            Soft Taco                            1                                                            15 g

            Flour Tortilla                        1 (1.7 oz)                                              30 g

Burritos Tortilla                               1                                                            30 g

Wraps, plain

            Regular size                        1                                                           75 g

            Large size                           1                                                           120 g


            Saltine                                  1 cracker                                              2 g

            Cheese                                 1 crackers                                           2 g

            Graham                                1 cracker                                             5 g

            Wheat Thins                         1 cracker                                            1 g

            Soda                                     1 cracker                                            10 g

            Peanut Butter                       1 cracker                                              4 g


Oatmeal                                         1 cup (cooked)                                    30 g

Farina                                            1 cup (cooked)                                     25 g

 Dry Cereal                                    1 cup                                                    22 – 45 grams



 Rice, white or brown                   1 cup (cooked)                                      45 g

 Spaghetti                                    1 cup (cooked)                                      40 g

 Elbows/spirals                            1 cup (cooked)                                      40 g

Small Shells                                1 cup (cooked)                                      30 g

Mac & Cheese                            1 cup (cooked)                                      30 g

 Grits                                          1 cup (cooked)                                       30 g




Corn                                          ½ cup                                                   15 g

Corn on the cob                          1 medium                                             20 g

Popcorn                                      3 cups                                                  15 g


            Plain, baked                  small (3 oz)                                          15g

            Wendy’s, baked             large                                                    60-70g

            Mashed                        ½ cup                                                    15g

Plantain                                   1 medium                                               30 g

Yam                                        ½ cup (mashed)                                     15 g

Yucca                                     ½ cup (mashed)                                     15 g

Hash brows                             ½ cup (mashed)                                    10 g

French Fries

            McDonald’s                     small                                                  25 g

                                                    medium                                            60 g

                                                    large                                                  70 g

            Restaurant style             15 fries                                               25 g



    Beans, dry:

            Black-eyed peas             1 cup (cooked)                                   30 g

            Lentils or peas                1 cup (cooked)                                   40 g

            Navy beans                     1 cup (cooked)                                  45 g

            Pinto or Black beans       1 cup (cooked)                                  45 g


Beans canned:

            Backed in sweet sauce   1 cup                                                 50 g

            Black or Kidney beans     1 cup                                                 40 g

            Chili with beans              1 cup                                                 30 g

            Garbanzo beans             1 cup                                                 50 g

            Lima beans                     1 cup                                                 30 g

            Refried beans                 1 cup                                                 40 g



* Use a Food Scale to measure carbohydrate content of fruit per amount (oz.)

Food                                                  Amount                                             Carb grams



            Small                             4 oz *                                                  15 g

            Medium                          6 oz                                                   25 g

            Large                              8 oz                                                   35 g

Apricots                                     1 medium (2oz)                                  6 g

Applesauce                               ½ cup unsweetened                          15g


            1 medium                       5 oz                                                  20 g

            1 large                            7 oz                                                  25 g

Berries                                      1 cup                                                 20 g

Cantaloupe/Honeydew             1 oz                                                   2 g

                                                 1 cup (cubes)                                   15 g

Cherries                                    10 pieces                                         10 g

Clementine                               1 medium (3 oz)                               15 g

Grapefruit                                 ½ fruit                                               15 g

Grapes                                     15 pieces                                          15 g

Kiwifruit                                    1 medium (3 oz)                              10 g

Mandarin                                  1 small (3 oz)                                    6 g


            Small                               1 (5 oz with skin)                             12 g

            Medium                           1 (7 oz)                                             18 g

Papaya                                        ½ cup (cubed)                                 8 g

            Medium                           1 (with skin)                                     30 g

Peaches                                      1 medium (4 oz)                              8 g

Plum                                            1 small (2 oz)                                   6 g

Pear                                             1 medium (6 oz)                             22 g

Pineapple                                    1 thick slice (3 oz)                          10 g

Strawberries                                1 cup (sliced)                                 10g

                                                    3 large (2 oz)                                  3 g

Watermelon                                 1 cup cubes                                   12 g


(check the label!)



Apricots                                       8 halves (1 oz)                                15 g

Prunes                                         3 medium                                       15 g

Raisins                                         2 Tbsp.                                           15 g



Apple juice                                  4 oz (1/2 cup)                                 15 g

Grape juice                                 4 oz (1/2 cup)                                 20 g

Orange juice                               4 oz (1/2 cup)                                 12 g

Vegetable juice                           4 oz (1/2 cup)                                  6 g


Food                                                  Amount                                  Carb grams


Whole, low-fat or skim                8 oz (1 cup)                                     12 g

Chocolate milk                            8 oz                                                 26 g

Soymilk (plain)                            8 oz                                                8-10 g


Plain yogurt                           8 oz (1 cup)                                      12-14 g

Light yogurt                               8 oz                                                 16-20 g

Fruited yogurt                           8 oz                                                 32-40 g

 Greek yogurt (plain/non-fat)      6 oz.                                                 7-10 g

 Greek yogurt (plain/ 2%)          6 oz                                                   7-10 g

Greek yogurt (flavored/non-fat)  6 oz.                                                 8-35 g



Food                                                  Amount                                       Carb grams


Table sugar                                      1 Tbsp                                               15 g

Honey                                              1 tsp                                                   6 g

Jam or preserve                               1 Tbsp                                               15 g

Syrup, Regular                                1 Tbsp                                                15 g

Syrup, Light                                      1 Tbsp                                               7 g

BBQ sauce                                  1 Tbsp                                                   6 g

Ketchup                                       1 Tbsp/ 1 pkt                                         5 g

Spaghetti sauce                           ½ cup                                                  10 g

Cranberry sauce                          ¼ cup                                                   25 g



   * Ask for nutritional information where you buy/eat fast food

     New York style pizza                     1 slice                                          45 g



As I noted I am sure I missed a couple of  foods. But I did my best to provide you with a comprehensive guide to counting carbs for women with PCOS . Let me know in the comments below if I missed any of your favorite carbohydrate containing foods. I would love to know. Bet your eyes are better than mine! ♥


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