Alyssa's Journey with Type 1 Diabetes

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an expression of feelings about Juvenile Diabetes......

Friday, July 20, 2012

Type 1 Diabetes...need more snack ideas

Choosing snacks for Alyssa is an ever evolving task. Being a child with type 1 diabetes, high energy, high metabolism, and one who could previously eat anything she wanted....means mom had to become very creative. Her snacks need to be around 15g of carbohydrates to keep her blood sugars level.  I always keep sugar free jello, sugar free popsicles and cheese sticks on hand, as they are low carb alternatives when Alyssa’s hungry between snacks or meals. She loves vanilla flavored yogurt and a serving of the light is 14g of carbs. All the little 100 calorie snack packs have somewhere between 14-17g of carbohydrates and there are tons of varieties and great when you're on the go. It also gives her a chance to have chocolate chip cookies in mini size :). Sugar free jello pudding, ritz bits peanut butter snack packs, gold fish snack packs and 4 to a pack of peanut butter or cheese crackers are all 15g of carbs or less too. If she experiences a low blood sugar, I usually give her a 4oz. juice box followed by a protein/carb snack of cheese and crackers or cheese and a few grapes or apple slices. She has 3 snacks a day and who would want the same thing over and over? Therefore, I am always on the lookout for new snack ideas.

(An updated version of a early post).

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