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May 12, 2006

Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Question from Madisonville, Tennessee, USA:

I'm a school nurse with two fairly new juvenile diabetics. They get 12 to 15 gram carbohydrate snacks. What are some healthy alternatives that I can provide them? Right now, parents send fruit roll-ups Rice Krispie treats, Little Debbie cakes, etc. This seems to shoot them up high and then they drop again. One of them is allergic to peanut butter.

Answer:

With regards to healthier snacks that are approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate and are peanut free, I would suggest the following:

animal crackers
Cheezit crackers
low carbohydrate yogurts
vanilla wafers
unsweetened applesauce
popcorn (3 c. of a lower fat variety)
Teddy Grahams
graham crackers
8 ounces low fat milk
One low fat string cheese stick with five or six saltine crackers

Please be sure to check the packages for serving sizes.

JMS