It seems that so much emphasis is put on creating low-carb recipes for people with diabetes in an attempt to prevent high blood sugar. But what about a fun recipe to have on hand for when your child’s blood sugar is a little low?

The simple solution to raise blood sugar for many parents is a juice box, but my son tends to enjoy it if we have a more interesting alternative available from time to time. Because of that, I’ve created a pumpkin juice concoction that’s really simple to make (ahead of time, before it’s needed, of course), and it utilizes the same types of juices you’d normally use to treat a low, just combined with a couple extras for added flair.

Lows are certainly no fun, but they offer a brief break from our family’s typical avoidance of sugary foods, and my son can actually appreciate that to some degree. Recently I gave him this pumpkin juice when he was running a bit low after his soccer game, and he loved it! It makes a really nice change of pace from the typical pick-me-ups.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 9

Serving Size: ½ cup

  • Calories: 55
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 13g


  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

How To Make It

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. Store in the refrigerator and serve in the event of a low blood sugar episode. (The juice does settle after being refrigerated, so it’s easiest to store in ½-cup portions in individual lidded plastic containers, then shake before consuming.)

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.