In the beginning it may feel overwhelming trying to remember to keep track of what your son or daughter ate for every meal, let alone the quantity.
So it’s imperative you get in a good habit of writing down all food and the quantity in a notebook.
That way you have an accurate record of what was consumed during any meal, which makes calculating the exact amount of carbs much easier to do and ensures you’re giving the correct amount of insulin.
Things like fruit (grapes, strawberries, raspberries, etc.) it’s best to count out how many of each you’re serving.
When eating things like french fries, we have found it best to count out let’s say 10 for the meal and put the rest aside to keep control of the number of carbs your child is consuming and also makes it easy to keep track of the quantity consumed thus providing a more accurate carb count.
Here’s a few items that you should just memorize to make counting carbs much easier to do.
- Grapes = 2g each
- Raspberries = 1g each
- Strawberries = 1g each
- French Fries = 1g each (2g for steak fries)
- 3/4 cup of cereal = 25g (32g for 1 cup)
- Tablespoon of Ketchup, Ranch, Honey Mustard = 4g each
- Hot dog + bun = 21g each
- Chicken Nuggets = 2g each
- 1/16 cup of Maple Syrup = 13g (1/8 = 26g, 1/4 = 52g)
When in doubt just Google, “How many carbs in X”
Usually MyFitnessPal.com will have the best results and give you the carb counts you’re looking for.
After you write down every item of food and the quantities then write down the number of carbs behind each number this makes doing the math and calculations that much easier.
From our own experiences we have found that one of the most difficult food items to calculate the correct amount of carbs for is ice cream.
Usually our daughter will share with her older brother and sometimes dip into mine when we go to Freddy’s Steak Burgers & Frozen Custard so that makes it extremely difficult to accurately calculate the amount of carbs consumed for that particular item.
Please leave a comment below and let us know if you have any tricks or shortcuts to help make the tedious task of writing every meal down and counting carbs a bit easier.