Pediatric Nutrition

Diabetes - Low Carbohydrate Foods

The goal of diabetes management is to maintain a healthy range of blood sugar by balancing food, insulin and activity. Young children can have different food preferences from day to day. Their activity level can also vary from day to day. To balance food, insulin, and activity, you can use "carb counting."

  • Foods that contain carbohydrates:
    • Fruits and juice
    • Starches such as bread, cereal, and pasta
    • Starchy vegetables such as peas, potatoes, and corn
    • Milk, yogurt, and ice cream
    • Sweets, candy, and soda
  • Foods that contain protein: Meats, cheese, eggs, nuts, fish
  • Foods that contain fats: Margarine, salad dressing, oils

If your child is particularly hungry one day, offer some low carb foods, which will provide your child with more to eat while keeping the child's carb intake the same day-to-day.

Low Carbohydrate Foods

Food Amount Grams of Carbs
Applesauce, unsweetened 1/2 cup 15
Berries 1 cup 15
Cereal, unsweetened, dry 3/4 cup 15
Cheese balls 50 15
Cranberry juice, low-cal 1 cup 15
Goldfish crackers 50 15
Marshmallows, large 3 15
Oyster crackers 55 15
Popcorn 3 cups 15
Pretzels 65 sticks or 12 mini 15
Ritz bits 40 15
Teddy grahams 15 15
Watermelon 1 1/4 cups 15
Yogurt, lite 1 cup 15

Use your ADA Carb Counting booklet to look up the food, portion size, and amount of carbohydrate in grams. You can also use the Nutrition Facts food label to look up the grams of carbohydrate of a food, the portion size of the food, and the number of serving per container.

Use your child's meal plan goals to help plan meals and snacks and to keep the child's carb intake the same from day to day.