Bedtime Snack

by Leighann on February 12, 2009

Typical Bedtime Snack

Typical Bedtime Snack

We don’t have three square meals a day in our house, we have three meals and three snacks. Snacks for my daughter with Type 1 diabetes, served mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and at bedtime, are usually 15 grams of carbs. The temporal spacing and amount are usually enough to keep her blood sugar levels from dipping too low or peaking too high. Since there are twelve hours between bed time and breakfast, her bedtime snack needs to include protein. Protein helps the carbs last a little longer and prevent drastic lows in the night.

Our bedtime routine includes the normal face wash, hair brush, teeth brush, story, and snuggle that most parents do with their children. But it also includes a blood glucose check, injection of long lasting insulin, and snack.

What does a typical bedtime snack look like? We usually include either a fruit or cracker, cheese, and milk.

Tonight’s snack was a mandarin (9 grams carbs), one ounce of cheddar cheese (no carbs, has protein), and a half cup of skim milk (5.5 grams carbs, has protein).

That’s a pretty filling snack. And even if your child does not have dietary needs based on a medical condition, it is a pretty well-rounded snack to serve any time of the day.

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1 Joanne April 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’m looking to change up Elise’s bedtime snack, but afraid to because it’s the same thing she’s eaten since she started a bedtime snack (whole wheat bread with almond butter and some banana). Maybe we’ll try your suggestion when we work up the nerve!


2 Judy June 21, 2012 at 7:26 am

This may seem like a silly question, but do you bolus for the bedtime snack? We typically only give one if our son is on the low side at bedtime. Lately we have noticed that depending on the dinner he has had, he can go low overnight. I’d like to start a routine bedtime snack but he has had issues with being higher during the earlier evening hours in the past. Also, how long after dinner is the snack? In our case it might only be two hours, when his dinner insulin is peaking.


3 Leighann June 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

I would ask your endo or CDE for specific advice for your child, I’m sure they’d be happy to give you suggestions if you call.

For our daughter, when she was on injections she received a snack with no insulin to cover it (she was 3-5 years old then). In the last couple of years we’ve begun bolusing for the bedtime snack depending on her bedtime BG and her evening activity. Depending on the number she either eats a snack without insulin, eats it with insulin to cover it, or has a “free” snack, which is under 5 carbs. And unless she’s on the low side, she doesn’t *have* to have a snack any more.


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