Food Recipes for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Like adults, children with diabetes must also regulate the intake of food consumed so that blood sugar levels remain well controlled. Parents need to pay attention to what can be consumed by children, of course by processing children's food recipes that are still delicious.

Many diabetic children's recipes are easy to make. You just need to know what the child likes so that the food made can suit his appetite.

Diabetes is a disease in which the blood sugar level in a person's body is very high. This disease is divided into two, namely diabetes type 1 and 2. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the pancreas not being able to produce insulin at all. While type 2 diabetes is caused by insufficient insulin produced by the pancreas or the body's cells do not react to insulin.

Among the two types of diabetes, type 1 diabetes is most common in children. This means that children should be given regular insulin injections. In children with type 1 diabetes, eating patterns and times must be very carefully considered and regulated in order to manage the fluctuations in blood sugar levels in the body.

Guide to Preparing Food

It's important to remind your child not to skip breakfast, which will raise blood sugar after a night's sleep. In addition, prepare healthy snacks so that blood sugar levels are easier to control.

Children with type 1 diabetes can eat like other children. They can eat whatever they want, including candy or chocolate, but of course to a certain extent. Dietary intake of children with type 1 diabetes focuses on nutritious foods, high in vitamins and minerals, and reduces intake of fat, sugar, or empty carbohydrates.

Here are some eating guidelines for children with type 1 diabetes:

  • Cut back on unhealthy saturated fat foods, such as bacon or speck, milk full fat, and butter. It is better to consume salmon which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, and fat-free milk or yogurt.
  • Eat enough fiber (25-30 grams per day) to help control blood sugar, which is obtained from whole grains, legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Eat fresh and natural fruits, for example grapes and berries. Fruit is a natural source of sugar.
  • When eating vegetables, choose fresh ones and don't add salt or sauce. Vegetables that can be consumed include green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, celery, carrots, beets, asparagus, and
  • Count the amount of carbohydrates that enter the stomach. Carbohydrates can turn into sugar in the blood, as a result blood sugar levels will increase after eating. Carbohydrates can be obtained from whole grains (pasta, bread, cakes), fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and sugar.
  • Don't forget to eat protein from meat, nuts, and eggs.

Examples of Diabetic Children's Recipes

Mother, don't be confused if you want to serve food for your little one who has type 1 diabetes. Here is an example of a recipe for a child with type 1 diabetes that can be made at home:

Spanish Omelette


  • 5 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • onion, sliced
  • 1 zucchini (japanese cucumber)/small cucumber, sliced
  • 1.5 cups bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 5 egg whites, beaten
  • 85 grams mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat parmesan cheese
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make:

  • Preheat the oven to 1900
  • Boil potatoes in boiling water until cooked and soft.
  • Put oil in a nonstick skillet, heat to medium temperature.
  • Add onions, cook until brown. Add zucchini and mushrooms, cook again until done.
  • Combine beaten eggs, peppers, and mozzarella cheese in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the cooked vegetables to the egg mixture.
  • Place and flatten the potatoes in a heatproof dish. Then pour the egg and vegetable mixture on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake the omelette until cooked for 20-30 minutes.
  • Lift and serve.

Cheese Pizza


  • 2 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 280 grams of instant pizza dough, chill
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 clove of red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • teaspoon salt
  • 110 grams mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • egg and vegetable mixture on top then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

How to make:

  • Preheat the oven at 2000 Celsius
  • Prepare a place to knead the pizza dough and sprinkle wheat flour on top.
  • Roll out pizza dough to the desired thickness
  • Prepare a baking sheet, grease with enough vegetable oil.
  • Place pizza crust on a baking sheet, then brush with olive oil
  • To make toppings For pizza, combine ricotta cheese with dried basil, onion, garlic and salt in a bowl. Stir well and sprinkle over the pizza crust.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle again with mushrooms and paprika.
  • Bake pizza for 13-15 minutes
  • Pizza is ready to be served.

The children's food recipe above can be tried as a varied menu for children with type 1 diabetes. To know more about other healthy foods, consult a nutritionist.