Simple Math

by Leighann on October 14, 2008

(We were having issues with some parents at the preschool who did not want to provide appropriate snacks. I called it the Juice Box Drama.)

Here’s your challenge:

  • Go to your cupboard and pull out any of the snacks you usually give your children.
  • Anything will do. Graham crackers, potato chips, fruit strips, applesauce.
  • Look at the label including the serving size and number of total carbs.
  • Figure out what the portion size would be to total roughly 15 grams of carbs.

Do you remember how to solve simple equations from 8th grade math?

So if 10 crackers are 20 grams of carbs, how many crackers would be 15 grams of carbs?

X/15 = 10/20

(X)(20) = (15)(10)

20X = 150

X=7.5

Was that so hard?

Or even easier: 20 grams / 10 crackers = 2 grams per cracker.

Okay, here is the info from our box of graham crackers:
Serving size: 2 sheets
Total Carbs: 24 g
So, one sheet would be 12 grams of carbs and each half sheet is 6 grams.
That was easy peasy.

And that is why it is so difficult to shop for an appropriate snack for a diabetic child.
(And that was sarcasm!)

Did it make you “uncomfortable,” too?

Mealtimes and recipes are a little harder. And eating out is worse, particularly if it’s not a chain. But snacks, so incredibly simple. You could do it with your eyes shut, especially if you were given a list.

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