Low-Carb Foods and Carb-Free Snacks for Children with Diabetes

Submitted by on April 27, 2013 – 9:47 amOne Comment
low-carb blueberries

With only 4 g of carbohydrates, blueberries are a great low-carb snack for kids with diabetes.

The list of carb-free foods and low-carb snacks the nutritionist handed us when our daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a little over 4 years ago included sugar-free Jello, sugar-free gum and diet soda. I kid you not. Those were the so-called “free snacks” I could feed my toddler between insulin injections, because they contained fewer than 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving and would have little effect on her blood sugar. Luckily, eggs, meats and cheeses are also carb-free. Cheese sticks and sliced turkey quickly became our go-to toddler snacks.

The body turns carbohydrates into glucose. 

Today, our thriving first-grader is on an insulin pump, which allows us more flexibility with what and when she eats. But the synthetic insulin children with type 1 diabetes get by injection with a syringe or through an insulin pump does not work as effectively as natural insulin does. So we depend on low-carb or even carb-free snacks, for instance, when our daughter’s blood sugar level is too high. As a health-conscious mom, however, I am not only concerned about my girl’s blood sugar, I also want her to eat foods that provide the essential nutrients her growing body needs. Typically, we don’t use artificial sweeteners; and we never buy “diabetic” foods, as these are generally highly processed and full of additives.

Here is a list of carb-free and low-carb foods that are healthier choices for children with — or without — type 1 diabetes (portion-control, of course, is important to keep the total carb count low):

Kid-friendly Low-Carb Vegetables

Kid-friendly Low-Carb Fruits

Other Low-Carb Kids Snack Ideas

Carb-Free Kids Snack Ideas

Tip: We like to roll a cheese stick in a slice of meat, such as turkey or ham, and cut it into little rolls. 

Are you the parent or grandparent of a child with type 1 diabetes? What carb-free snacks and low-carb foods does he/she like to eat? 

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