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School Lunch Ideas for Kids with Diabetes

Packing school lunches for kids with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is easy. All you have to do is focus on fun, healthy foods that will help them manage blood glucose levels and keep them energized throughout the day.

There are numerous school lunch ideas that are suitable for a diabetic meal plan. Many popular already prepared lunch kits are incredibly easy (because they take the prep work out), but they're loaded with fat and salt. Plus, when you buy these, you don't have control over the quality of the ingredients. That's why it's better to make your own lunches, and most importantly, make them fun for kids to eat.

We've created a brief list of healthy school lunch ideas for kids with diabetes. Use these ideas to build lunches or create your own ideas.

  • A fresh pear
  • Baby carrots
  • Cold rice, pasta, or couscous
  • Crackers
  • Cubes of fresh fruit
  • Cubes of lean ham or turkey breast with packets of mustard or ketchup for dipping
  • Cup of yogurt
  • Graham crackers spread with peanut butter
  • Hard-cooked egg
  • Hot foods, such as soup and chili
  • Hummus with pieces of pita bread
  • Low-sugar jelly spread on whole grain bread
  • Salad with pieces of grilled or baked chicken
  • Seedless grapes
  • String cheese or cubes of low-fat cheese
  • Thin slices of lean deli roast beef wrapped around breadsticks
  • Turkey dogs cut into small pieces and ketchup for dipping
  • Vegetable sticks with your child's favorite low-fat dip

To get your child more involved with making his or her own lunch, ask your child to help. Most kids love to assemble and prep food. Give them some choices from each food group and let them mix and match what they want for lunch. If the lunch contains something your child has chosen and packed, he or she will be more likely to eat it.

Getting kids with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes involved with making their own lunches can be fun and creative ways to eat healthy.

First published on: September 1, 2003
Updated on: August 28, 2012
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