Looking for low-carb, kid-approved snacks

(17 Posts)
AndiMac Sun 17-Feb-13 22:44:26

My DD is 6 and turns into a bit of a monster when her blood sugar is low. You know, that 3 hours after eating, not happy with the world, "I hate you!" feeling. I'm looking to increase the number of ideas I have of things to feed her that will bring her blood sugar back up, but not spike it so badly that she's down again before the next meal, usually dinner, which adds tiredness to the equation too.

She loves her carbs, and will eat toast until it comes out of her ears. Which I'll let her have for a snack if there's a thick layer of peanut butter on it. She doesn't like cheese as a snack in itself, but tolerates it when cooked in things.

Any great ideas? Happy for links to recipes to bake something as well.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 17-Feb-13 22:50:20

In this house snacks are usually fruit.

AndiMac Sun 17-Feb-13 23:07:26

Fruit is ok, but I find it can give her that sugar spike and drop within 90 minutes.

I'm npt sure how 6 year old friendly these are, but these are my low carb snacks:

Plain full fat greek yogurt
Scrambled egg. V good with spring onion, chilli and grated cheese mixed in.
Cold meat, maybe with a spoon of coleslaw ontop
Olives
Nuts
Guacamole/pate on veg crudites
Erm, pork scratchings blush

Shame she doesn't like cheese, that is my favourite and so convenient!

Crustless quiche "muffins" are good too. Fry up finely chopped veg (leeks, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, onions, sweetcorn whatever she likes) and maybe some ham/bacon/cooked salmon. Put in muffin tray holes to 1/3 fill each hole, top each muffin hole with grated cheddar. Then whisk up eggs and a slosh of cream, salt and pepper and pour over the cheese. Bake at 180 for about 30 mins or until "set". They will rise up beautifully in the oven and then sink a bit once cooled. I find 2 eggs does 4 muffins. DH and I eat 4 eat for lunch with some salad, so 1 makes a nice sized snack. They freeze fine too.

Fruit is a sod for being quickly digested and basically treated as sugar by your body. I would avoid giving it as a snack in the circs you describe, and go for fat or protein instead.

Lots of peopel rate hard boiled eggs as a snack but I couldn't do it!!

AndiMac Sun 17-Feb-13 23:14:57

I like the sound of those quiche muffins. I could get her to help me choose the fillings, so she'd probably be more interested in trying them. I haven't tried pâté on her, but it's a good idea, even if just to see if she likes it. Boiled eggs are good too, I just need to remember to make a bunch and store them in the fridge until needed. Thanks for all the rest too!

Still happy for more ideas!

slice of ham with cottage cheese inside rolled up like a pancake?

pumpkin seeds?

slice of cheese on toast?

we make our own bread which is very 'wholesome' and we don't put as much sugar in. maybe something like that which has a lower GI. we also put seeds in it.

oatcakes and humous or humous and veg fingers

small bowl of homemade veg and bean or lentil soup. make a batch the freeze in small portions which you can microwave.

AndiMac Mon 18-Feb-13 08:20:51

Ham is good, not sure what she'll think of cottage cheese, but worth a try. Humous is another good one I've forgotten about, thanks!

As for the bread, I do try to get "good" bread for us to eat, it's very rare to see a loaf of white in our house.

Cold sausage(s)

Scotch eggs. There is a fab sounding recipe here that is on my to try list. Instead of breadcrumbs, roll in parmesan and herbs. Depends how low card you want really, there can;'t be many carbs in the breadcrumb coating on shop ones!

Small ramekin of soup is also a great idea.

AndiMac Mon 18-Feb-13 09:11:41

It doesn't have to be Atkins diet low-carb! Scotch eggs with or without the breadcrumbs, and cold sausages are great ideas to have at the ready. Thanks!

EMUZ Mon 18-Feb-13 23:35:34

Apple spread with peanut butter is good. More blood sugar balancing than apple alone

AndiMac Tue 19-Feb-13 08:50:52

Emus, that's another I had forgotten, thanks!

AndiMac Tue 19-Feb-13 08:51:33

Whoops, sorry, that was autocorrect changing your name to a group of large flightless birds!

Sillyangrypeople Tue 19-Feb-13 08:57:05

Almonds!! Plain with skins on- yum.

AndiMac Wed 20-Feb-13 19:12:27

Just a bit of feedback. I made the crustless quiches for dinner last night and they were heartily approved of by daughter. Thank for that one!

fieldfare Wed 20-Feb-13 19:22:11

Make some savoury muffins?
Or celery spread with peanut butter. Have a look on a list of low GI foods. I like hard boiled eggs so have a few of those in the fridge. Cheese and an apple is one of Dd's fave snacks esp if I peel and slice the apple then spread the slices with soft cheese.

Ooh that great to hear andimac thanks for letting me know smile They are very good cold too so great for lunchboxes.

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