School Age Children

Healthy Eating Habits for the School Age Child With Diabetes

  • Frequent meals/snacks are still required at this age. Kids should be eating at regular intervals, with 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day. Even patients on pump therapy benefit from eating at regular intervals.
  • Try to incorporate a protein source at every meal/snack. Examples include; milk/dairy, meat, beans or nuts. This can promote more stable blood sugars.
  • Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables your child is getting.  Provide at least one serving of either a fruit or vegetable at every meal.
  • Sugar-Free does not always meal healthy! It is more important that the foods/drinks you provide give proper nutrition.  For example it is healthier to provide low fat milk as a beverage with lunch instead of a diet soda.
  • Incorporate healthy eating habits for the whole family. Avoid “diabetic foods” and a “diabetic diet”.  Healthy dietary habits are important to everyone!
  • Be aware of “Hidden Carbs”:
    • Ketchup: 4 grams/Tablespoon
    • BBQ sauce: 6 grams/Tablespoon
    • Teriyaki Sauce: 2 grams/Tablespoon
    • Gravy: 18 grams/1/4 Cup
  • Eating foods in the whole form typically will impact the blood sugar less. Eat whole fruits rather than juice, whole grains, brown rice, unprocessed oats.

Healthy Snacks

Carb Fre e/Low Carb                                   
Cheese Sticks
Hard Boiled Eggs
Pickles
Scrambled eggs made with 1 Tablespoon Cheddar Cheese
Deli meat (turkey/ham/roast beef) rolled with American Cheese Slices
Carrots/peppers/cucumbers sliced served with salad dressing as a dip


10-20 Grams Carb
½ Whole Wheat Bagel topped with 1 tablespoon peanut butter : 11 grams
Simply Gogurt yogurt: 13 grams
½ cup Cherrios with 1/3 cup lowfat milk: 14 grams
½ cup Lowfat Cottage Cheese with ½ large pear: 17 grams
7 Baked Tortilla Chips with 2 Tablespoons salsa: 14 grams
1 rice cake with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and ½ banana: 15 grams
“Chobani Champions” Greek Style Yogurt, one 4 ounce cup: 14 grams
Kashi “TLC” Crackers, Honey Sesame, 10 crackers with 1 oz cheddar cheese 17 grams
Nutri-grain waffle (1) with 2 tsp low fat cream cheese and 1 tsp jelly: 20 grams


20-30 Grams Carb      
Whole wheat pocket pita (1) with 2 tablespoons hummus: 29 grams
Kashi “TLC” Baked Snack Bar: 21 grams
Whole wheat flour tortilla (8 inch) with 1 ounce Monterey Jack Cheese and Salsa: 28 grams

School Age Nutrition
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