The need for snacks depends on your child’s blood glucose control and how many calories your child needs to eat per day. Active children and teens with high energy needs usually need to add snacks.
Snacks can help to prevent low blood glucose. You may want to include snacks in your child’s meal plan because:
Different types of snacks have different effects. The best choices for snacks are foods:
Snacks that are high in protein and fiber may satisfy hunger longer. Sugar from fruit will last 1 or 2 hours, so fruit is good for a morning or afternoon snack. Carbohydrates (carbs) eaten with proteins, such as low-fat cheese or lean meat, change to sugar more slowly.
Bedtime snacks are important for blood glucose control for children with diabetes who use insulin. A snack that includes carbohydrate and protein helps to keep up your child's blood glucose level through the night. A typical bedtime snack should include 15 grams of carbohydrate and 7 to 8 grams of protein. This amount can change based on your child's age, blood glucose levels, and activity throughout the day.
Milk and yogurt are a natural mix of carbohydrate and protein and make a good bedtime snack choice.
If your child is still hungry after a snack, try low calorie foods like sugar-free popsicles or Jell-O. Or make up a vegetable tray using cold crunchy vegetables and a fat-free dressing for a dip.
Avoid mindless snacking while watching TV, driving, reading, or working at the computer.
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