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Yummy Oatmeal Recipe for Diabetic Kids – Your Child Will Love It!

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My daughter is very picky when it comes to food. We have tried everything to introduce new foods, but let’s just say this is still a work in progress.

My goal for breakfast time for my picky eater is for her to have a healthy breakfast. Therefore, when we learned that she LOVED oatmeal, we realized that we found a winner!

We use Quaker’s Instant regular oatmeal, which has 18 grams of carbs on each packet and no sugar added.

We love this option because it allows us to dose the appropriate amount of insulin, we have found that the oatmeal that comes in individual packets is the easiest way to do this. This is what has worked best for us.

oatmeal recipe for diabetic children

Simple Instructions To Make Oatmeal

I am not a cook or a registered dietitian (I leave that to my younger sister), but I am a mom just trying to help my child with diabetes, to eat the healthiest way possible.

I followed the instructions on the back of the bag, and put my own touch to make it take yummier for my daughter.

Instructions

  • Place 2 instant oatmeal packets into a 2 qt saucepan.
  • 2/3 cups of Fairlife Milk
  • 2/3 cups of water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar. (add to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add to taste cinnamon
  • Add every ingredient into the saucepan and mix.
  • Cook until done. Usually when it’s bubbling a little. My kids love a thicker oatmeal, I prefer a thinner one, and if that is your child’s preference, add a bit more milk.

Pro Tip: When the oatmeal is done, create different animals so your child gets motivated. Add some fresh fruits like: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, or nuts. Enjoy!

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Other Ideas to Try Low Carb Recipes Ingredients to Use

  • If you do not like Quaker’s and any other instant oatmeal, go with steel-cut oats.
  • Add chia seeds to the oatmeal for added protein.

Insulin Timeline After Oatmeal

I did a 20-25 minute pre-bolus, and made sure that her glucose levels were low. At the time of pre-bolus, my daughter was 76mg/dL

10 am – 76mg/dL – calculated 35 grams, and gave 2.12U to cover first portion of the oatmeal.

11:11 am – sugar went up to 147mg/dL, so I did an extended bolus of 1U for about 30 mins to cover to rise of the oatmeal that was taking place.

Below is my daughter’s Dexcom G6 in a 6-hour graphic on how her sugars fluctuated. 

  • Her low is 100 mg/dL, and her high is 180 mg/dL.
  • She did not go over 180 mg/dL, she bordered it, but did not go over.

Please be mindful that Sugar Surfing is a work in progress. There are days that I still miss the amount of insulin she truly needs, and her sugar levels go over 180 mg/dL.

The important thing here is to be bold with insulin, as coined by the Juicebox Podcast, and to not be scared of giving more insulin to your child. It’s better to catch a low, than chase a high.

We did not use a basal increase for her oatmeal on her Tandem TSlim, which is the insulin pump that we use. This pump has Control IQ, which connects with her Dexcom G6, and automatically makes insulin adjustments.

But if you feel that a temp basal increase is needed, we usually do a temp basal increase of 200% for 3-4 hrs, especially with instant oatmeal since it tends to be a high glycemic index food.

Pro Tip: For heavy carb breakfasts or meals, the key is to wait until the CGM line is going down before having your child eat. We wait until she is stable, and do a 20-25 mins pre-bolus.

Figuring Out Insulin Doses For Oatmeal

My best advice is trial and error, and test, test, test. Every child with diabetes reacts differently to certain types of foods, until you actually test it.

If you are trying this out for the first time, I highly suggest that you keep track of your child’s glucose levels.

Conclusion

  • Do not restrict your child from enjoying yummy foods, like oatmeal!
  • Pre-bolus at least 25 mins before giving the oatmeal to your child.
  • Add some protein and fruits to the meal
  • Make the oatmeal fun and yummier with other diabetic-friendly ingredients
  • Track your child’s glucose levels with my friendly diabetes logbook
  • Watch your child enjoy his/her oatmeal!

What is your Favorite Oatmeal Recipe?

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Oatmeal Recipe for Diabetic Children

Yummy Oatmeal recipe your kid with Type 1 Diabetes will love!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packets Instant Oatmeal
  • 2/3 cups Fairlife Milk
  • 2/3 cups Water
  • 1-2 tbsp Brown Sugar to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Cinammon to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place 2 instant oatmeal packets into a 2 qt saucepan
  • Add every ingredient into the saucepan and mix.
  • Cook until done. Usually when it's bubbling a little. My kids love a thicker oatmeal, I prefer a thinner one, and if that is your child's preference, add a bit more milk.

Notes

Pro Tip: When the oatmeal is done, create different animals so your child gets motivated. Add some fresh fruits like: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, or nuts. Enjoy!
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