Consuming snacks is very important part of every child's daily meal plan. But this is especially true for kids with diabetes. Most diabetic meal plans will include at least 2 to three snacks daily in order to maintain a balanced diet. Of course this is dependent on the meal plan that as been specified by your personal physician or dietician.
The key to maintaining healthy blood glucose levels in active children is to find the balance between a child's insulin, food intake, and physical activity. Insulin and exercise lower blood sugar levels, whereas, foods can raise blood sugar levels, especially carbohydrates.
Children who have diabetes food needs change as they grow and become more physically active. Studies from doctors and nutritionist from clinics indicate that snacks for children with diabetes should come from the following food groups: grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. Additionally, they recommend using the Food Pyramid for Kids as a reliable guide to understanding food groups and portion sizes.
Creative snack ideas:
A piece of fresh fruit is always a good idea.
3 to 6 cups of low fat popcorn
A handful of pretzels
A couple of rice cakes
Flour tortilla filled with low fat shredded cheese or a slice of lean meat.
Ants on a log: celery stick with peanut butter.
English muffin pizza: halve of an English muffin, pizza sauce, and low fat shredded cheese.
Bagel bites: Mini bagel with fruit spread.
Kids with diabetes either have tendency to over snack for fear of low blood sugar levels. Or they try to sneak snacks that they are not supposed to eat. If parents or teachers are not aware of either situation it can cause problems as they try to respond to the child's elevated blood sugar levels.
That is why it is so important that their meal plans are followed and monitored by all responsible adults. If you find that your child is over snacking or trying to sneak snacks talk to your child about why this is not a good thing for them to do. Always be supportive and seek outside counseling when needed.
Written by Tina M. Rideout. Creator of NuTraFun. We Make Healhy Eating for Kids and Adults Fun. For more information visit: [http://www.nutritionalfun.com]