It is important to know which foods to limit or avoid to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range.

The usual blood sugar target ranges for children of all ages are:

  • Before meals: 70 to 150
  • 2 to 3 hours after meals: less than 180
  • Bedtime and during the night: 90 to 150

Foods to limit

Sugar and processed carbohydrates make blood sugar rise and fall quickly.

Limit how much and how often you eat foods high in sugar and processed carbohydrate, such as:

  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes/cupcakes
  • Pies

Foods to avoid

Do not drink drinks sweetened with sugar, such as:

  • Energy drinks
  • Flavored milk
  • Egg nog
  • Fruit juice
  • Regular soda
  • Sports drinks
  • Lemonade
  • Sweet tea

You can drink these to treat a low blood sugar.

Do not eat breakfast foods with a lot of sugar and simple carbohydrate, such as:

  • Breakfast pastries
  • Doughnuts
  • Flavored oatmeal
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Toaster pastries

Instead try:

  • Fruit for a sweet treat
  • Raw veggies and dip for a crunchy treat
  • Drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners, such as:
    • Crystal Light
    • MiO
    • Diet soda
    • Powerade Zero
  • Breakfast cereal and flavored oatmeal with:
    • Less than 10 grams of sugar per cup
    • 3 or more grams of fiber per serving

Water and milk are always the healthiest choices.