If you are a parent, having a child with diabetes type 1 is challenging. You must pay constant attention to what your child can eat every day, since his/her body cannot produce adequate insulin and regulate the blood sugar. You must also pay attention to his/her insulin injection schedule. For parents, this condition often makes them being in dilemma: they want to pay full attention to the children, but at the same time, they also want the children to enjoy life and not feeling depressed because of their disease.
Choosing the right snack can be challenging for parents, but you can still let your children enjoy diabetic-friendly snacks. You can help your children enjoying their life by allowing them some snacks that will not make their blood sugar level shoots up.
Top Diabetes Snacks for Children with Diabetes
Snacks are actually very important for diabetics, because they help regulating blood sugar level, especially between meals. If you choose carefully, you can find many great diabetes snacks that your children will love (which are not limited to veggie sticks, of course). You should provide snacks that have no more than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, which is an ideal number for children with diabetes type 1.
Here are some great diabetes snacks that have less than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving:
- 16 cashews or almonds. You can bake or lightly fried them with olive oil, and nothing else.
- 4 slices of skinless turkey breast. You can grill or sear the slices with olive oil, but do not let them becoming too greasy.
- 23 peanuts or pistachios.
- 1 medium hardboiled egg without any seasonings.
- Turkey stick or beef jerky; the nitrate-free versions.
- A cup of low fat Greek yogurt with some slices of strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
- ½ cup of cottage cheese with several slices of kiwi, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.
- A glass of almond milk or low fat milk.
- 10 mini whole wheat crackers with 1 low fat cheese stick.
- Half turkey sandwich with rye bread, tomato slices and lettuce; no mayonnaise or other dressings.
These foods are generally easy to buy or prepare, so you can pack them yourself for your children to bring.
Diabetes Snacks and Healthy Physical Activities
The abovementioned diabetes snacks for children may sound very practical, but children with diabetes type 1 must also understand about their conditions and what to eat properly in order to keep blood sugar level in check. While preparing for their daily snacks to carry to school, make sure you talk with your children, especially those with diabetes, about what they should and should not eat. Parents must put emphasis on how important it is for diabetic children to eat healthy.
Finally, encourage your children to be active. Even if you serve snacks with slightly higher carbohydrate level (since being exact in measurement is not always happening), you can feel calmer if your kids are active. Let your kids run around, play with friends, or follow school projects. The more they spend energy, the easier for them to regulate blood sugar level, even with the restrictions because of diabetes type 1 in the children’s system.