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Food Ideas When Ill

Suggestions for Foods and Fluids to Offer During Illness

*Examples of clear fluids (which the stomach most easily tolerates during illness)
 10 grams carbohydrate    
Clear Fluids    
Regular (flat) Pop (not diet)*  75 mL  1/3 cup 
Sugar sweetened Kool-Aid®*  75 mL  1/3 cup 
Regular Jell-O®*  50 mL  1/4 cup
Grape Juice*  50 mL  1/4 cup 
Gatorade®*  160 mL  2/3 cup
Regular Popsicle*  ½   
Apple* or pineapple juice  75 mL  1/3 cup 
Orange juice  125 mL  1/2 cup 
V-8 or tomato juice  250 mL  1 cup 
Ice cream  75 mL  1/3 cup
Sherbert  50 mL  1/4 cup 
Unsweetened canned fruit/applesauce
125 mL  1/2 cup 
Sweetened applesauce  50 mL  1/4 cup 
Yogurt tube  60 mL  1 
Minigo®  60 mL  1 
15 grams carbohydrate
Cooked rolled oats  125 mL  1/2 cup 
Cooked cream of wheat  125 mL  1/2 cup 
Canned soup (check label)  250 mL  1 cup 
Soda crackers  8   
Plain cookies  2   
Graham crackers  3   
Ritz crackers  7   
Toasted English muffin  1/2   
Bread/toast  1 slice   
Cooked pasta/noodles   125 mL  1/2 cup 
Pudding tube  64 grams
Flavoured yogurt  125 mL  1/2 cup 
Diet fruit yogurt  250 mL  1 cup 
White milk  250 mL  1 cup 
Chocolate milk  125 mL  1/2 cup 
Sugar-free Fluids

Sugar-free pop/Sugar-free flavoured sparkling water/Sugar-free Powerade® 
Sugar-free popsicles     
Sugar-free Jell-O®     
If your child has frequent diarrhea or vomiting, offer these types of foods/fluids: 
Broths, consommé, fruit juices, Gatorade®, Powerade®, Pedialyte®, Lytren®

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The above information was adapted with permission from The Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic information handouts.

The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.

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