When your child gets type 1 diabetes, it is difficult for you to choose a suitable snack for your child carefully because it has to not only consist of the nutritional and be delicious food but also keep the child’s blood sugar level stable. Some suggestions below will help you solve this problem.
Keep healthy snacks on your mind
Most of children like eating the food like: candies, cookies, chips and especially fast food which have lack of nutrition and contain the high amount of sugar and fat. That will make the blood glucose level unsteady.
Firstly, you should buy more healthy food product instead of buying the food that is unhealthy for your child’s health. To prepare for the snack you can make it with peanut butter or celery, whole grain crackers, and cheese, or low-fat yogurt. They are both good alternatives to hyper-processed snack foods. Moreover, you should buy more fruits and vegetables that can satisfy the child’s starving for sweet food if you make that look cute and attractive.
Be creative in cooking
If you were a child and your parents gave you two gifts and asked you to choose one of them, the first gift was wrapped with colorful wrapper and decorated beautifully, and the other was not, what would you choose? Absolutely, you will choose the gift that is wrapped. So when you process food for your child, for example, you can make a smiling face from
vegetables, peanuts. Rice acts as a face with a mouth is vegetable, the eyes is made from carrot and small peanut butter for ears. You can cook the snack with your child, allow him/her to be creative with his/her idea to design his own favorite snack food, which can make them be more happy and develop him/her imagination. Allowing your child to be a chef may also make him/her interested in eating more .
Help your child come into healthy eating habit
The most effective way to help your child eat healthily is choosing a snack with wisdom.What kinds of food parents model for their children will be the food that children usually eat. When all members in your family have chance to sit around and talk, they can discuss about carbohydrate that can make your child understand about this in right way to associate snacks with blood sugar awareness.
Besides, you often need to remind your child that cacbohydrate should be paired with protein or fat (hence, the apple and cheese, crackers and peanut butter).
Do not force your child or fight over food
Children may refuse the food you push on them. If you don’t have the healthy snacks in the house, you can give them some measures of control over their food by offering healthy choices: sandwich, string cheese,… You can let her/him eat this food on special occasion with small quantities. This will make your child not feel as you are controling your diet.
Conflict over heathy snacks
You can experience the conflict with your family or your husband and even your child. Your child is used to eating the food which has high sweet content and he/she will have difficulties to change your food by eating the food contains low sweet. At first, your child will not be accustomed but if you find some idea with food, you can help your child get used to with this food.
The worry about sugar in blood
Everyone worries about sugar in the blood of a child with diabetes, but the sugar is necesssary for normal activities of him/her body. It is said that it is not important to find another way to take the place of other ingredients or reducing the amount of sugar in a recipe, In recently years, there are more natural sweeteners for diabetes
The bottom line about healthy snacks for the child with type 1 diabetes
Snacks are good a way to control your child’s blood sugars. Nowadays, there are more and more fast food and available foods but if you choose carefully, it will help your child heathier. It is challenge with you if your child are used to eating
the sweet food .You can waste of your time and your money to find some healthy snacks for your child. And when your child is already struggling with this disease, you can be feel cruel when you deny him/her favorite food. But if you don’t do that, the worst matter will happen with your child’s heath.
Spending your little time to work out the best snack for your children to help him/her have better life.