Carb Counting with Lenny

Platform and Price
Free; Available via Apple App store and Google Play
RD Score
3 out of 5
Synopsis of the App
Part game, part education, Carb Counting with Lenny is designed to help children become carb counting masters. Lenny the Lion is an upbeat, self-proclaimed ambassador for children’s diabetes education who leads kids and their parents through a number of diabetes education games. App is developed by Medtronic, Inc.


  • Lenny delivers a basic explanation of why carbohydrate counting matters related to carbohydrates, glucose and insulin.
  • Simple, engaging design with four game options including:
    • Carb or No Carb?
    • Compare the Carbs!
    • Guess the Carbs!
    • Build a Meal!
  • Lenny becomes a trusted friend in diabetes education as he leads other educational games online that can be accessed directly from the app.
  • Common foods and serving sizes are featured throughout the food guide and games.
  • Age appropriate with no complicated jargon.
  • No advertisements.




  • The majority of the grains featured are refined ones such as animal crackers, grits, graham crackers and hamburger buns. This may be a missed opportunity to promote whole grains to children.
  • Doesn’t mention speaking to parents or a medical professional to get questions answered.


Bottom Line
Carb Counting with Lenny is worth a download. Though simple and easy to master, this app is an engaging and effective way to teach children carbohydrate counting basics.

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