No carb snacks for child
Looking for some no carb or super low carb snack ideas for my 5 1/2 year old. My daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and we are running out of affordable snack ideas. So far we have been sticking to:
Sugar free jello
Does anyone know if I can get no carb/low carb fruit snacks, granola bars, pop tarts, ice cream or other child friendly snack ideas? Before she was diagnosed she was big into fruits for snacks, but now since most fruits have so many carbs those are reserved for meal times. Our whole "healthy eating" vibe has gone out the window as she wants to have snacks without having to get a shot every single time!
Granola bars are tricky. If buying them, look for mostly nut bars The addition of grain-based "granola" and (often) a good deal of sugar makes some of the brands not healthy for your daughter.
My type I nephew likes sugar free popsicles as a summer treat. Instead of fruit snacks, berries are a great substitute. I make a "trail mix" for my husband in a small container consisting of pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds and dehydrated strawberries.
Does your daughter like eggs? hard boiled or deviled eggs are a good idea, as are little mini frittatas (a crustless quiche)...you can bake in mini muffin tins.
Pop tarts aren't ideal. Try this...in a low carb mini pita, do a schmear of cream cheese and a layer of sugar free jelly or jam. Or a schmear of cream cheese and some shavings of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Here's a low carb granola recipe I found online and have made once. It's very good. For sweetener, I used Da Vinci sugar free vanilla or caramel syrup:
2oz unsweetened desiccated coconut
3oz chopped Brazil nuts
3oz chopped walnuts
3oz chopped almonds
3oz sunflower seeds
4oz melted butter
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
3oz flax seeds
sweetener of choice to taste
Mix together, spread on a baking tray, and bake in a 350F/
for 5-7 mins until brown, stirring frequently. Estimate this as 4.4gms carb for a 2oz serving
Jerky, Garrett Valley turkey stick snacks (like pepperoni), nuts cheese sticks, dips with celery, cucumber and raw carrot slices for dipping, and especially jicama sticks, nice crunch.
Greek yogurt for the protein, dice up some fresh strawverries or black berries, maybe add a bit of vanilla sugar free syrup.
What about plain yogurt with some Splenda added? Full Fat Greek is a pretty decent option w/r/t carbs. I don't know how low you need to go, but Siggi's (Skyr) has come out with yogurt tubes that are significantly lower in sugar than others I've seen, but they still have some - I think 5g per tube, with 6g total carbs. Bell Peppers are a possibility, salami or pepperoni slices, ham rolls with cream cheese...
Seaweed snacks - you can get these in small individually wrapped containers, like at Trader Joe's
Almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, etc - see what you can get in bulk
Radish slices with butter and sea salt
Pepperoni / salami / etc. slices
Jamon Serrano or prosciutto etc wrapped around raw vegetables
Cucumber rounds and guacamole
Bell pepper strips, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, endives with dip (ranch, blue cheese, etc) - go beyond celery
Deli meat wrapped around a pickle slice and cream cheese
Sliced ham, beef, or turkey wrapped around string cheese
Half a ripe avocado with sea salt
Smoked salmon "sandwiches" made from cucumber rounds and cream cheese
Flax seed crackers dipped in scallion cream cheese
"Fat bombs" - I make an "Elvis" variation with coconut oil, bacon fat, butter, peanut butter, cocoa powder, sugar substitute, maple extract, but google around for recipes, this can help with her need for sweet stuff
Frico - microwaves or baked cheese that gets crispy like a chip
Hot dogs with mustard or low carb ketchup
Deviled eggs or egg salad?
Atkins brand peanut butter cups and faux M&M's might do the trick - might also be cheaper on amazon, in bulk.
Blueberries and raspberries tend not to have a ton of carbs vs other fruits, comparatively speaking. Maybe blueberries and some unsweetened Greek yogurt?
I would avoid the carrots as being too carby.
For the other pastry esque stuff, you'll need to probably make your own low carb versions of her former favorite foods. Here's a few ideas:
Low carb strawberry hand pie
Low carb, sugar free Twix bar
Frozen mini yogurt berry cups:
The best way to have healthy options and save money will be to make more snacks vs buying them. Especially for granola bars or granola.
Zucchini chips are very easy and cheap to make, if you don't have coconut oil swap in olive oil or grapeseed.
Instead of ice cream blend frozen cubes of coconut milk with peanut butter and a splash of regular coconut milk, add cocoa powder for a chocolate version or a bit of vanilla extract for a thick smoothie.
How are chickpeas as far as carbs go? Roasted chickpeas make a nice snack, and homemade can be quite cheap (cook dried chickpeas, then roast in a low oven tossed with a bit of oil and spices of your choice until crispy).
Pickles, and pickled stuff - lots of flavour there.
Beef jerky, pepperoni sticks.
Celery sticks filled with peanut butter.
What about vegetable sticks with some yoghurt based dip - you can do tatziki style dip, or spicy Indian (mix yoghurt and Indian lime pickle), or spinach dip, or lemon and herb. If beans are okay, I like refried beans thinned out with a bit of water as a dip, or homemade black bean dip (with lime juice, cilantro and garlic).
For granola bars, you're probably better off making your own, so you can control the contents - stick to nuts, seeds and shredded coconut, and maybe use peanut butter to help them stick together (normally, it's the sugar that does this).