Originally Posted by new to dx
My 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 4 months ago. Any suggestions for low carb snacks other than lunch meat, cheese, or carrots? Thanks.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of lower-carb snack ideas... However! You don't need to restrict, rather moderate the portion sizes and carb count. There is no reason why your kiddo can't have a (healthy, reasonably sized) cupcake as a snack. She will need to bolus for her snack to cover the carb value...and just like the rest of the world - it shouldn't be every day.
Carbs feed the brain. The teen brain needs plenty of fuel (and rest)
Your daughter has a lifetime of challenges and feats ahead, have her join you on your quest for healthy eating ideas. Make it a family experience, and not a "special diet" just for her. There is nothing that can't be shared.
Whatever you're doing - have her avoid artifical sweeteners. Educate each other.. They are not healthy and mess with the body - despite all the promotion they receive. Particually, as she being a growing girl and presumably one day having the desire for a family... steer clear of chemicals and toxins. They accumulate over time.
Do a Google search for "Easy low carb snacks" you'll find a plethora of goodness. Here are some ideas from about.com:
Ideally, a low-carb snack should have protein, healthy fat, and some fiber (so the best thing would be to have some raw veggies with your eggs or jerky).
•Celery with peanut butter
•Celery with tuna salad
•Hard boiled eggs
•Dill pickles and cheddar cheese (no kidding, it's a great combo)
•1/4 cup berries with 1/3 cup cottage cheese
•Nuts (keep raw ones in the freezer if you think you'll overeat them)
•Sunflower seeds (get them in the shell so it will take longer to eat them)
•Other seeds (How to Toast Pumpkin or Squash Seeds)
•Low-Carb Trail Mix
•Jerky (beef or turkey -- try to find low-sugar varieties)
•Cheese sticks, such as string cheese
•Sugar-free Jello, alone or with cottage cheese and a sprinkling of nuts
•Make sugar-free lime Jello with part coconut milk -- For a large package, dissolve the powder in a cup of boiling water, add a can of coconut milk, and then add the rest of the water. Stir well.
•Pepperoni "chips" -- Zap the slices in the microwave
•Cheese with a few apple slices
•4-ounce plain or sugar-free yogurt with berries and flax seed meal
•Smoked salmon and cream cheese on cucumber slices
•Lettuce Roll-ups -- Roll luncheon meat, egg salad, tuna or other filling and veggies in lettuce leaves
•Lunch Meat Roll-ups -- Roll cheese or veggies in lunch meat (read the labels for carbs on the lunch meat)
•Spread bean dip, spinach dip, or other low-carb dip or spread on the lunch meat or lettuce and then roll it up
•Raw veggies and spinach dip, or other low-carb dip
•Pork rinds, with or without dip
•Ricotta cheese with fruit and/or nuts and/or flax seed meal
•Mushrooms with cheese spread inside (or other spreads or dips)
•Low-carb snack bars (watch out for sugar alcohols, especially maltitol)
•Product Review: Atkins Advantage Bars
•Pepperoni Chips -- Microwave pepperoni slices until crisp. Great with cheeses and dips
•Garlic Parmesan Flax Seed Crackers
•Parmesan Crisps -- Good when you want a crunchy snack.
•Peanut Butter Protein Balls
•More Snack Recipes