From a school nurse in McHenry, Illinois, USA:
I have an eight year old student who, despite his family's best efforts, has many highs and lows. The snacks he is told to eat are always carbs, like pretzels, crackers, vanilla wafers, etc. Even though he eats an appropriate amount, I am wondering if the addition of a little cheese or peanut butter or eating more complex carbs would help even him out.
You are correct, the introduction of a healthy protein choice along with the carbohydrate snack might blunt the rise in the postprandial blood sugar. This could very well level out the highs and lows of the student's blood sugars. Some good snacks which include a combination of protein and carbohydrate include: part skim mozzarella cheese sticks with saltines, low fat peanut butter on whole wheat bread, artificially flavored yogurt, pretzels with small amount of melted cheddar cheese or unsweetened cereal with low fat milk.
Of course, you should not change the child's meal plan without getting approval of the parents and the child's diabetes team.
Original posting 29 Nov 2002
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:40
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.