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Toddler Tuesday 8.30.16

In an attempt to cater to those of you who have very young children with type 1 diabetes, I have created a “Toddler Tuesday” series. Each Tuesday, I pick one of my toddler daughter’s meals from the week to share with you- the Toddler Tuesday  Meal. These featured meals are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try for those of you with younger kids. Plus, all featured meals include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s Toddler Tuesday meal, assembled inside an innobaby container:

Italian Pasta Salad (rotini pasta, sliced olives, mini pepperoni’s, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced tomato & Italian dressing)= 22 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)= 3 carbs
Freeze-Dried Edamame= 1 carb
Cottage Cheese= 2 carbs
Pickles= 0 carbs

Meal Total= 28 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Friday Featured Lunch 8.26.16

I pack my son a fresh school lunch every day. Each Friday, I pick one lunch from the week to share with you- the Friday Featured Lunch. These featured lunches are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try with your kids. Plus, all featured lunches include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s featured lunch packed in an EasyLunchbox:

MOMables Black Bean Taco Cups= 20 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, grapes, peaches, pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranate arils & kiwi)= 16 carbs
LesserEvil Super Bites Cheesy Nacho (made with white bean, brown rice, quinoa, lentil & chai)= 9 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube (not pictured)= 7 carbs
Corn= 4 carbs

Lunch Total= 56 carbohydrates

For more lunchbox ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board:
FPG Featured Lunches.

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Toddler Tuesday 8.23.16

In an attempt to cater to those of you who have very young children with type 1 diabetes, I have created a “Toddler Tuesday” series. Each Tuesday, I pick one of my toddler daughter’s meals from the week to share with you- the Toddler Tuesday  Meal. These featured meals are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try for those of you with younger kids. Plus, all featured meals include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s Toddler Tuesday meal, assembled inside an innobaby container:

Deconstructed BLT-A Sandwich (bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado)= 4 carbs
Good Health Disney Mickey Shaped Veggie Chips= 4 carbs
Pickled Cucumbers & Onions= 2 carbs
Grapes= 9 carbs

Meal Total= 19 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Toddler Tuesday 5.10.16

In an attempt to cater to those of you who have very young children with type 1 diabetes, I have created a “Toddler Tuesday” series. Each Tuesday, I pick one of my toddler daughter’s meals from the week to share with you- the Toddler Tuesday  Meal. These featured meals are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try for those of you with younger kids. Plus, all featured meals include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s Toddler Tuesday meal, assembled inside a Planet Box:

Open-Face Pear & Avocado Sandwich (1 slice bread topped with mashed avocado and pear slices)= 15 carbs
Happy Tot Fiber & Protein Soft-Baked Oat Bar= 18 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, clementine’s & grapes)= 7 carbs
Colby-Jack Cheese Slices= 0 carbs
Frozen Peas= 1 carb

Meal Total= 41 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Toddler Tuesday 5.3.16

In an attempt to cater to those of you who have very young children with type 1 diabetes, I have created a “Toddler Tuesday” series. Each Tuesday, I pick one of my toddler daughter’s meals from the week to share with you- the Toddler Tuesday  Meal. These featured meals are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try for those of you with younger kids. Plus, all featured meals include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s Toddler Tuesday meal, assembled inside an innobaby container:

PB&J “Fries” (make a regular PB&J, use a rolling pin to thin out the bread, cut off the crust, slice into strips, and grill in a skillet using butter)=  16 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, cherries, and pineapple)= 11 carbs
Annie’s Bunny Graham Friends= 6 carbs
Mozzarella Pearls= 0 carbs
Frozen Peas= 1 carb

Meal Total= 34 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Friday Featured Lunch 4.22.16

I pack my son a fresh school lunch every day. Each Friday, I pick one lunch from the week to share with you- the Friday Featured Lunch. These featured lunches are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try with your kids. Plus, all featured lunches include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s featured lunch packed in an EasyLunchbox:

No-Bake Fruit Pizza (pita bread, low carb tortilla, etc., topped with strawberry cream cheese, and fresh fruit)= 22 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, grapes, pineapple, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, kiwi, raspberries, & blackberries)= 17 carbs
Baby Carrots (not pictured)= 2 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs
Pretzels= 12 carbs

Lunch Total=  60 carbohydrates

For more lunchbox ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: FPG Featured Lunches.

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Toddler Tuesday 4.19.16

In an attempt to cater to those of you who have very young children with type 1 diabetes, I have created a “Toddler Tuesday” series. Each Tuesday, I pick one of my toddler daughter’s meals from the week to share with you- the Toddler Tuesday  Meal. These featured meals are meant to give you inspiration of new things to make and try for those of you with younger kids. Plus, all featured meals include the carbohydrate breakdown of each food item, so that you can easily add/remove items to accommodate your child’s likes/dislikes.

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Here’s this week’s Toddler Tuesday meal, assembled inside a LunchBots container:.

Tortellini with Marinara (three cheese tortellini with marinara sauce & shredded Parmesan cheese)= 25 carbs
Yogurt & Berries (Greek yogurt with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries & raspberries)= 16 carbs
Sausage Crumbles (browned mild Italian sausage)= 0 carbs
Green Beans= 1 carb

Meal Total= 42 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Let’s Race!

IMG_9494A week ago this past Saturday, C & I both ran our first race together. He ran a 1 mile race and I ran a 5K. I know, I know, millions of people run this (and much much further distances) daily, and with great ease. However, for those who know me, this was a big feat for us…on many levels. I’ll get more into that in a minute.

Just a week and a half before said race, C’s soccer coach sent out a message to parents encouraging anyone interested to sign up. It had been a New Year’s resolution of mine to run a 5K this year. However, to be completely honest, at the time of the message I was doing absolutely nothing to work toward that goal. But my husband encouraged me, and said maybe this is the perfect opportunity to run your first one- C can do the 1 mile race and you can do the 5K. After much debate, I decided to go for it.

The night before, I questioned what in the world I had done. I am not a runner in any sense of the word. Heck, I had to run out and buy running shoes the week of the race, because I didn’t even own proper running shoes. On top of my own personal stress about running, I was concerned about C. What if he went low during the race? What should we feed him before to help stabilize blood sugar?

Even a year ago, had something like this come up, our immediate answer would have been “no”. It’s not worth the stress and worry of trying to navigate diabetes during a race that is just for fun. We’ll just sit this out and stay in our comfort zone, thank you very much.

Why do I tell you all this? Because by us completing our races together, something big clicked inside of me. There was a day so many things scared me about him growing up and wondering how we would navigate diabetes (school, sports, sleepovers, etc.), but all have proven to go far better than I could have ever imagined. And while diabetes does certainly add an extra layer of planning and stress to a lot of these activities, do know they are possible and that your type 1 kiddo can do absolutely anything and everything that non type 1 kiddos can do. Don’t let diabetes be a reason you say “no” to something. I say this, because I’ve been guilty of this before.

So I guess the moral of the story is this…those big scary things that intimidate you and you think you/your child could never do. Do them.

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