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Easy Diabetic Recipes - Spring 2013!
August 21, 2013
It's Back to school time!
Food for thought on school lunches:
Although most school lunches are not diabetic friendly, children with diabetes can still buy school lunches but will need to check the menu each day to determine what can be eaten and what must be avoided. Parents who learn about the interaction between foods containing carbohydrates and their child's sugar level can further help the child control blood glucose levels by packing an appropriate lunch and counseling the child about what he or she can eat at school if they choose to purchase a lunch.
Foods Containing Simple Carbohydrates
When packing a child's lunch, include simple carbohydrate foods that are a good source of quick energy and provide nutrients beneficial to diabetic school children. These foods include:
All fruits and fruit juice Pasta made with enriched white flour Honey Milk Yogurt Vegetables
Starchy foods containing fiber and complex carbohydrates should also be included in a child's lunch, such as whole grain bread, brown rice, corn and broccoli. Since meats contain only protein and no carbohydrates (thus, they do not increase blood sugar levels), diabetic children can eat meat purchased at school without worrying about portions (as long as it isn't breaded).
How Carbohydrates Affect Children with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
When portion-controlled amounts of carbohydrates are included in a purchased or bagged lunch, children with Type 1 diabetes will usually need less insulin. Alternatively, the less carbohydrate-rich foods a Type 2 diabetic eats, the less stress the pancreas experiences. Diabetic children who are insulin dependent will only need 1/2 to 1/3 the amount of normal insulin requirements when regulating the amount of carbohydrates they eat. Blood sugar levels also remain moderated even when insulin injections or insulin tablet consumption is decreased. Additionally, a low-carbohydrate diet also:
Helps prevent obesity Reduces the risk of a child developing intolerance to glucose in those suffering from Type 2 diabetes Optimizes control of blood sugar levels including levels found in post-prandial blood glucose
Fiber, Carbohydrates and Diabetes
In addition to enhancing digestive processes, fiber helps to inhibit absorption of sugar, which facilitates regulation of blood sugar. Everyone, including diabetic children, should try to consume around 25 to 30 fiber grams each day. Because fiber is considered a kind of carbohydrate that is not broken down like other carbohydrates, it does not affect glucose levels. However, many foods providing fiber, such as fruits, whole grains and vegetables, also have quantitative amounts of starches and sugars. This means that foods containing fiber still need to be accounted for in a diabetic diet.
While doctors know what causes diabetes and how to effectively control long-term problems associated with fluctuating blood sugar levels, researchers are constantly working on better treatment methods to ensure diabetic children are able to live long and healthy lives without worrying about serious medical issues arising as a result of this disease. Allowing a child to learn how to make the choice to purchase or pack a school lunch according to daily lunch menu lists is a great way to educate the child about the importance of portion control and eating habits that will consistently maintain healthy sugar levels.
We look forward to hearing from you! The Easy Diabetic Recipes team.
Try this fantastic and quick snack!
APPLE OATMEAL SNACK BARS 16 Servings
Your family is sure to love these snack bars. Using different types of apple sauce assure
they are moist, and the mild spices make them satisfying to everyone.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup uncooked rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons margarine, softened
½ cup cinnamon apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chunky apple sauce
1/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking
In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, beat sugar and margarine with mixer at medium speed until blended.
Whisk in ½ cup cinnamon apple sauce, egg and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to apple sauce mixture; stir until mixed well. Spoon half of batter into
prepared pan, making sure to spread evenly.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup chunky apple sauce, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour
evenly over batter.
Spoon remaining batter over filling, once again spreading evenly.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes.
Cut into 16 bars.
1 Starch 1 Fruit ½ Fat
Basic Nutrition Info: Cho 10 mg Protein 2 gm Fat 2 gm Calories 150
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