2014-03-03 10:09:58 by Janet Haas, RN, CDE, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
For a child with diabetes, snacks offer a way to manage blood sugar between meals. But when it comes to snacking, many people think of common carb-rich foods like pizza, candy bars, nachos and French fries.
Try to keep these foods off limits and help your child choose low-carb options that will not raise their blood sugar or require them to take insulin.
A low-carb snack should have no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Examples include:
Foods with less than 5 grams of carbs per serving are considered "free" foods.
However, serving sizes are important. If your child eats 4 servings of a food containing 5 grams of carbs, they will consume a total of 20 grams of carbs, which raises blood sugar.
Examples of "free" foods include:
Ants-on-a-log is a great healthy snack for kids.
When it comes to young children, you may have to think outside the cookie jar to come up with low-carbohydrate options that are appealing.
Try these ideas:
(8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
What to expect when coming to Akron Children's
For healthcare providers and nurses
Residency & Fellowships, Medical Students, Nursing and Allied Health
For prospective employees and career-seekers
Our online community that provides inspirational stories and helpful information.