According to the American Diabetes Association, a diabetes free food is any food or drink that contains fewer than 20 calories and 5 grams of fat. Diabetes doctors and nutritionists have deemed these foods “free” because they lack the number of carbs and calories to significantly increase your blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association divides free foods into two categories: You can eat foods in the first group, in moderation up to three times per day with no effect on your blood glucose levels. Items such as carrots, pickles, and salad dressings fall into this category. The second group contains foods so low in carbohydrates that you can eat them in moderate quantities throughout the day, as much as you would like. These foods include tea, herbs and spices, coffee, and broths. Whether you have the afternoon munchies or are looking for a new way to jazz up your favorite healthy snacks, try some of these quick recipes featuring diabetes free foods. Each one offers a healthful boost of nutrients with only a few grams of carbohydrates: Cranberries (Diabetic Living) Fresh or frozen, cranberries are a satisfyingly tart treat, and they’re loaded with vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Enjoy a cup for a diabetes free food snack, or use them as a healthy topping for salads, yogurt, parfaits, and whole-wheat pancakes. Strawberries and Greek Yogurt (Diabetic Living) Cool and creamy with the right amount of sweetness, this diabetes free snack only tastes like an indulgence. With just 20 calories, 4 grams of carb, and a lot of protein, this treat will satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping those hunger pangs at bay. Crisp Cucumber Salsa (Taste of Home) On the search for something crunchy? Look no further than this tangy dip, featuring rich red onion and cool cilantro. A  serving offers only 16 calories and 2 grams of carbs. Seasoned Popcorn (Shape) This salty snack isn’t just for the movies any more. At 20 calories and 5 grams of carb for every 1 cup serving, popcorn is a delicious free food snack that’s jam-packed with hearty whole grains. For a warm, fall-inspired dish, add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to your popcorn. Want to turn up the heat? Dress the kernels with chili powder and paprika. photo credit: Half Chinese via photopincc