When you think of healthy snacks for your kids you probably think of fruit, baby carrots, granola bars, and maybe popcorn without the butter. But what if your child has Type 1 Diabetes, would it be the same kind of snacks? In most cases yes, but in small amounts. When your child has Type 1 Diabetes it is a whole new ball game on what is considered “Healthy.” When you hear about diabetes and food to avoid it can get a little overwhelming and you shouldn't feel that way. The simple rule of thumb is to stay natural and eat healthy. It really isn't that difficult. Selecting the right food for diabetics is actually learning how to eat healthy and developing a healthy lifestyle that everyone should be doing anyway. Good food for diabetics is also great food for people that don't have diabetes.
The easiest way to figure out a healthy snack for a child with Type 1 Diabetes or even a good diet for Type 2 Diabetes is to know how much carbohydrates and fat grams are in the snack and the amount that is being taken in. Diabetics can’t take in high carbohydrates or fat mainly because it causes their blood sugars to spike. If you stick with low carb and low fat snacks and stay away from sugary and high fat snacks (fruit snacks, cookies, chips, crackers, ice cream, candy, canned or dried fruit etc...) you will be fine and so will your child. You won’t have to always be worrying and it makes everyone’s life a lot easier and less stressful.
Since I work with children all day long at my preschool and see what they like and don’t like; I came up with the top 10 snacks of what I consider would be good food for a child with diabetes that will satisfy their craving/snack attack and make Moms happy, too.
Make sure the peanut butter you use doesn't have any added sugars and also that your child is over two, just in case of any nut allergies. If they do have allergies you can easily substitute peanut butter with low fat cream cheese.
You know your child best and it just depends on what your child likes to eat. My top ten above are the foods that almost all my preschoolers like and will eat without complaining. When they are happy; we are all happy! Your child may also like these suggestions if you want to mix it up so they don't get bored with the same food.
Enjoy all these snacks ideas that promote good food for diabetics and children that have Juvenile Diabetes.
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