Diabetic Snacks for Kids: 6 Best Diabetic Snacks For Kids

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Diabetic snacks for kids are not something to take lightly. If you have a diabetic child, you know how hard it is to keep his/her blood glucose level control. You probably also know then how much a child eats, in most cases, more often than an adult. This is all to be expected, as children are more active and they are growing. Still, you want to feed your diabetic kid what is right for them.

Many people diagnosed in childhood and teenage years are type I diabetics. However, in recent years, more and more kids are diagnosed with type II diabetes. Regardless, it makes it difficult for parents to come up with adequate and safe snacks, especially for school activities.

What should I look for?

First, you should always follow what your doctor and dietitian suggest.  You should also look for snacks that are not high in sugar and simple carbohydrates, but instead in fiber. You should also help your children understand the difference in carbohydrate types, and teach them how to count carbohydrates appropriately. This means, that snacks should probably be somewhere between 7 and 15 grams of total carbohydrate.

Remember that children tend to have varying levels of activities, so you should always account for that when planning meals and snacks. This is especially important if your child is a Type I diabetic, and you need to account for his daily insulin needs. Keep in mind too, that children may experience severe hypoglycemia when they exercise, so you will need to have them replenish nutrients when they have a very active day.

Here are the 6 best diabetic snacks for kids

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Snack #1: Home-baked sweet potato chips

Kids always want potato chips, regardless of the time of day, so why not try a healthier twist on this snack? The great thing about sweet potatoes is that they are higher in fiber and contain a ton of vitamins and minerals. You can slice your sweet potatoes as thin or thick as you want and bake them. Try seasoning them for different flavors.

To keep this snack under 15g of carbohydrates, you probably want to keep the portion size at 10 or 15 chips.

Snack #2: Yogurt parfait

Another key thing when making diabetic snacks for kids is finding healthy but sweet snacks. Children will always crave something sweet, so prevent a hyperglycemic event by giving your kid the right amount of sweetness. A yogurt parfait is perfect for children; you can pick a tasty Greek yogurt, some walnuts or almonds, and berries. Keep in mind, though, that this snack will have higher carbohydrate content, so you may want to save it for when your kids need more energy and are more active.

Snack #3: Twist on a wrap

Who says kids don’t eat vegetables? They do if you make them taste delicious. One way to do this and give your kid the protein they need is picking roasted chicken or turkey, rolling it up on a lettuce leaf with string cheese, mustard, and any other veggies your kid likes. Include cherry tomatoes, pickles, or cucumbers.

This is a quick snack or part of a lunch that will fill up your kid for a while. This snack is also low in carbohydrates, and you can add a sugar-free Jell-O or pudding too!

Snack #4: Cottage cheese, apples, and peanut butter 

While the texture may be weird, once your kid tastes this mix, they will love it. Use one cup of cottage cheese, a few apple slices, and one tablespoon of peanut butter. This snack contains high protein content, but also a good amount of healthy fatty acids. You can serve this as a morning or afternoon snack, but it will certainly come in handy when your child needs to be fueled for a while.

Take into consideration that this snack may have more than 15g of carbohydrates. It also has a considerable amount of fiber and healthy fats, making it more satisfying and slower to be absorbed.

Snack #5: Non-dairy smoothie

A smoothie is always a good idea, but if your kid is diabetic, try using non-dairy milk. Using something like almond or cashew milk will allow your child to have more carbohydrates and fat. Try using one cup of almond milk, one tablespoon of honey, ½ cup of strawberries, and half a banana. This smoothie has about 15-18g of carbohydrates, and it is super quick to make.

Snack #6: Crackers and string cheese

This snack is always a lifesaver on a busy day. Stick to only about four small whole-wheat crackers, or two large ones. Whole-wheat is always a good idea for a diabetic child because it means more fiber.  Eating fiber slows down the absorption of sugar. As for the string cheese, mozzarella or one of the cheddar mixes are an option because they contain more protein and less fat.

Try this snack when you want to keep your child full at school, more so if you are not sure how active they will be.

Try these snacks at home!

Remember to always educate your child on their health and nutrition. Make sure they know how much to eat and to monitor for low and high blood glucose.