Kids and Diabetes: How to curb the carbs when your child snacks

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:

 


  • Non-starchy vegetables and dip

  • Light or plain yogurt

  • Unsweetened dry cereal

  • Crackers and peanut butter or low-fat cheese

  • Low-fat string cheese or cottage cheese

  • A half sandwich (1 slice of bread) made with peanut butter and sugar-free jelly or with lean meat and low-fat cheese

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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:

 

 


  • Meats and cheeses

  • Eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, etc.)

  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts and peanuts

  • Non-starchy vegetables like carrots, celery and broccoli

  • Salad with a tablespoon or less of salad dressing

  • Low-sodium broth

  • Unsalted sunflower seeds

  • Sugar-free-gelatin or ice pops



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Ants-on-a-log is a great healthy snack for kids. 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:

 

 


  • Use small cookie cutters to cut cheese and fruit into fun shapes.

  • Make the classic snack called "Ants on a Log," which consists of raisins marching across a celery "log" stuffed with peanut butter or cream cheese.

  • Transform regular yogurt into frozen pops by spooning fruit and low-sugar yogurt into paper cups and freezing them. When the mixture is partially frozen, insert a large pretzel stick to serve as a "holder."

  • Create funny-face snacks by placing slices of hard-boiled eggs, lunch meat or cheese on top of crackers. Design goofy faces on top with sliced black olives, peas, carrot pieces, nuts and so forth. Use your imagination.



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Check out more recipes for kids with diabetes.

 

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