Healthy, tasty food that the whole family can enjoy.
Imagine a child with a diabetes-restricted diet and you understand the need for America's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes. Over two million children and teenagers along with their families are currently managing diabetes with diet. As the incidence of Type 2 diabetes increases, this number will continue to grow.
This book has been developed to help parents of children with diabetes provide delicious and nutritious kid-friendly food that the whole family can enjoy. Whether it's Chocolate and Strawberry Waffles or Spaghetti and Meatballs or Peanut Butter Chip Muffins, these are recipes kids will enjoy and parents will feel confident serving. All the recipes help to deliver the supervised diet that children with diabetes require without making them feel deprived or left out in some way.
Over 125 recipes provide outstanding meal ideas for everything from after school snacks to main meals and desserts. Each recipe includes a complete nutritional breakdown and has been extensively reviewed by top diabetes educators.
Colleen Bartley's teenage daughter has had diabetes for ten years. While running a catering business, she came up with the idea of a cookbook for kids with diabetes. With input from a dietitian as well as her daughter, she has combined a love of cooking with years of practical experience preparing meals for a family.
It is estimated that there are presently over 20 million North Americans living with diabetes. Up to a third of these have not been diagnosed. Types 1 and 2 are the most common types of diabetes and make up about 10% and 90% respectively of those who have this condition. Individuals with type 1 are most often diagnosed during their young childhood, in their teen years or as young adults, whereas those with type 2 are usually diagnosed as adults over the age of 40. It is unfortunate and alarming to see an increasing number of children and teens being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as just 20 years ago this condition was rarely seen in children. Some researchers fear that of all babies born today, one out of three will someday have diabetes!
In treating diabetes, the goal is to keep blood glucose levels within the target range recommended by a doctor, dietitian or diabetes education center. To achieve the recommended levels, type 1 diabetes is managed with daily insulin injection or pump therapy, individualized meal patterns based on exchanges or carbohydrate counting, and exercise or physical activity. Type 2 diabetes is managed through well-balanced, nutritious eating habits, with carbohydrate foods spread throughout the day, along with regular physical activity and weight management. Medications such as an oral pill and/or insulin may be used.
In both cases, checking blood sugar and having blood sugar readings in the range recommended by a diabetes education center is the goal. The A1C blood test reflects the average blood sugar level over the past two to three months. An A1C result in the desired range can (but does not always) reflect optimal diabetes care.
The recipes in this cookbook have the carbohydrate, protein and fat listed to allow parents and their children with type 1 diabetes to choose foods that fit into their meal plan and thus help them have good blood sugar control. Because most of the recipes are low in sugar and fat, they can be enjoyed by the whole family, whether they are siblings, parents, grandparents or extended family members who want to eat healthier meals.
When children are still young, many families eat simple, child-friendly foods. All the recipes in this cookbook have been taste-tested by kids, as well as their parents, relatives and friends. They are suitable for people of all ages, whether they have diabetes or not. The dishes are tasty, nutritious and easy to make. Some of the recipes are so simple that a child can prepare them, while others require adult guidance. It is my belief that, when children and teens are encouraged to help in the kitchen and are involved in food preparation, they have more interest in nutrition, food balance and meal planning. They can also develop an interest in cooking -- an excellent skill to have! If teens can fend for themselves in the kitchen, there's less need for parents to worry when it comes time for them to move out or go on to college.
Meal Planning for Diabetes
Snacks and Appetizers
Salads and Side Dishes
Sandwiches, Burgers and Pizzas