Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

Friday Featured Lunch- Cheeseburger “Cupcakes”

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 Cheeseburger Cupcakes= 20 carbs

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Milk Chocolaty Peanut Butter flavored Kettle Corn Popcorn= 7 carbs

Cucumber Salad= 2 carbs *Recipe from Weelicious Lunches cookbook by Catherine McCord

Fresh Fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apple chunks, & oranges)= 16 carbs

Lifeway Frozen ProBug= 13 carbs

Lunch Total= 58 carbohydrates

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

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Sleek Treat Monthly Subscription Box Review #2

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A couple of months ago, I shared our review of our first Sleek Treat box (you can see that here). For those that missed that post, Sleek Treat is a monthly subscription service, that sends you a box each month with 5-8 handpicked sugar-free gourmet treats to satisfy your sweet cravings.

When you sign up for Sleek Treat, every month you will receive a box of sugar-free hand-curated confections that they have scoured the world for. They even taste-test products to make sure you love your box! I think this is especially important, because believe me, we have tried many products over the years that are diabetic-friendly, but that does not mean they all taste good. Having someone else do the sampling for you is so nice, because then you are not wasting your money on products you don’t enjoy.

Inside each Sleek Treat box, you can expect a mixture of sugar-free chocolates, cookies, hard candies, jellies & more unique finds. Every box will have new and exciting flavors and will always feature a variety of snacks.

Each box also includes an insert detailing nutritional information, and additional information about each product.

C has really come to enjoy getting his box, and can’t wait to discover what goodies it will contain! Here is what was inside our second box:

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La Nouba Belgian Sugarless Treats Marshmallows- The marshmallows are pink and white (but taste like vanilla) and have a soft, smooth texture. They are all-natural, low carb, fat free, sugar-free, and do not contain additives, preservatives, or waxes. To be very honest, I thought these were too good to be true, but C said they were really good and tasted just like a normal marshmallow!

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Lily’s 70% Extra Dark Chocolate Bar- This chocolate bar is vegan, Non-GMO, gluten-free, sugar-free (stevia sweetened), and has 25% fewer calories than other 70% cocoa dark chocolate. As I have mentioned before, C is more of a milk chocolate guy- dark chocolate isn’t his favorite. In general though, he really enjoys Lily’s chocolate and he said that this had the same great creamy texture you can expect from Lily’s chocolate. He just prefers milk chocolate. However, if you enjoy dark chocolate, I’m sure you would enjoy this!

Purelove Caramel Coconut Cream Cups These Caramel Coconut Cream Cups are Non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, contain 0 grams of sugar, are sugar alcohol free, and soy free. They are sweetened with stevia. The cups have a 70% dark chocolate exterior and a contrasting sweet coconut-flavored filling. To be real honest C wasn’t a huge fan of these. He likes coconut, but these were a bit too coconut-y, in his opinion. I had to agree. They weren’t terrible by any means, just not our favorite item from the box.

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Bar- If you have followed my blog long, it is no secret that C loves a good protein bar. This bar was no different. These bars do have a different texture than some protein bars, which some might mind, but C didn’t seem to. He also was surprised to learn it was raspberry flavored, as he said it didn’t taste very much like raspberry. The bar is gluten-free, high in protein, under 200 calories, has 2 grams net impact carbs, and contains no artificial sweeteners, no trans fat, and no preservatives.

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Pandora’s Pops- These pops are vegan, gluten-free, organic, GMO-Free, soy free, nut free, and sugar-free. Pandora Pops are handcrafted in California by holistic health artisans. These pops have only 6 ingredients- essential oils being 2 of them. C enjoyed this pop a lot and laughed at how long it took him to finish it. It felt like he was sucking on it for an hour.

GoLightly Sugar Free Hard Candy Tropical Fruit Mix- These little candies were probably C’s favorite thing from the box. He would have eaten them all in one sitting had I let him. They are sugar-free and come in great flavors like peach mango, strawberry kiwi, passion fruit and pina colada.

To summarize, we were yet again super pleased with the contents of our box! As we were with our first box, we were exposed to many new products we hadn’t heard of previously, and it is so great to have a growing arsenal of snacks and treats for C that are diabetic-friendly!

If you are interested in a Sleek Treat subscription, click here.

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Toddler Tuesday- Mini Pizza Quiches

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:

MOMables Mini Pizza Quiches= 2 carbs

Fresh Fruit (blueberries & pomegranate seeds)= 2.5 carbs

Cottage Cheese & Peaches= 4 carbs

Bell Pepper Strips= 0.5 carb

Sausage Crumbles= 0 carbs

Meal Total= 9 carbs

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Open Face “Egg” Sandwich

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:

Open Face “Egg” Sandwich (low carb bread & bologna cut out with an oval cookie cutter, resembling an egg, and American cheese cut out to make egg designs)= 2 carbs
Annie’s Homegrown Organic Chocolate Bunny Grahams= 6 carbs
Easter Chick Fruit Cup (no sugar added)= 7 carbs
Kiwi Flower= 2 carbs
Carrot Sticks= 1 carb

Meal Total= 18 carbs

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Santa Fe Bean & Barley Salad

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:

Santa Fe Bean & Barley Salad (recipe below)= 10 carbs
Greek Yogurt with Banana Slices & Hi-FiBar Pumpkin Spice Orange Granola= 11 carbs
Fresh Fruit (mandarin oranges, grapes & pomegranate seeds)= 3 carbs
Veggie Straws= 2.5 carbs
Pickles= 0.5 carbs

Meal Total= 27 carbohydrates

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

Santa Fe Bean & Barley Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick pearled barley, uncooked
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 white onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro. finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 15 ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice & zest of 1/2 lime

Instructions

  1. Cook barley according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl combine diced tomatoes, red bell pepper, onions, cilantro, garlic salt, cumin and chili powder.
  3. Add black beans and corn to the mixture, and mix.
  4. Toss mixture with cooked barley.
  5. Add lime juice and zest, and mix thoroughly.
  6. Season with salt & pepper, if desired.
  7. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.
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Toddler Thursday- Shamrock Quesadilla

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 Thursday meal, assembled inside an innobaby container:

Shamrock Quesadilla (Tumaro’s Low In Carb Garden Veggie Wrap, cut out with a shamrock cookie cutter & melted shredded cheddar cheese)= 2 carbs
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps= 4 carbs
Cucumber Sticks= 0.5 carbs
Ranch Dressing= 1 carb
Grapes= 3.5 carbs
Kiwi= 2 carbs

Meal Total= 13 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Grilled Leprechaun Sandwich

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:

Grilled Leprechaun Sandwich (spread butter on two slices of low carb bread, layer 1 slice of provolone cheese, top with chopped broccoli florets, add another slice of provolone cheese, close sandwich and grill on both sides)= 10 carbs *Pictured is 1/2 sandwich. **Recipe is from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes
Salad (shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced ham & Ranch dressing)= 1 carb
Veggie Straws= 2 carbs
Pickles= 1 carb
Kiwi= 3 carbs

Meal Total= 17 carbohydrates

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

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Genteel Lancing Device Review

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*Screenshots taken from https://www.mygenteel.com/

You guys, I am seriously so excited to share this product with you! It is called the Genteel Lancing Device, and it is truly incredible! Ever since C was diagnosed with diabetes we have seen and explored other lancing devices that claim to be pain-free. While some hurt less than others, none have truly been pain-free. That is until they developed this device!

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The skeptic in me felt that it was too good to be true. While C has largely gotten used to the finger pokes, they are still not pain-free. He has just accepted that this is his reality, and poking his fingers is just part of how he takes care of himself. But as a mom, obviously I don’t want him to just have to accept that, and the fact that there is a product that can eliminate one of the more painful aspects of this disease, is truly incredible!

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First let me start by telling you a little bit about how the device works, and what sets it apart from other lancing devices. To me one of the coolest things about this device is that you can test blood from many different sites on the body- not just fingertips. You can test on the chest, upper arms, stomach, forearms, hips, fingers and palms, thighs, and calves. Having this flexibility is invaluable! You get to give those poor fingertips a break!

Another big thing that sets it apart from other lancing devices is that it uses vacuum, vibration and depth control to get the perfect drop of blood. The lancet only reaches blood capillaries and avoids hitting pain nerves all together. The diagram below perfectly demonstrates this.

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Here is a picture detailing the different parts of the Genteel Lancing Device:
 
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C created a video in which he demonstrates how to use the device. You can view that here.
If you are someone who retains info better by reading, here are some diagrams to walk you through prepping your Genteel, and performing a blood draw.
 
First, you need to pick your test site, then prepare the Genteel for lancing.
 
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Now you’re ready to perform a blood draw.
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While it does work differently than other lancet devices (therefore creating a small learning curve) C picked up how to use it after just a couple of tries.

The box also comes with a sheet of stickers you can decorate your device with. I personally love how C decided to style his.

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My only regret is not having this product earlier! I cannot imagine how nice this would’ve been to have when he was just a little toddler who despised getting his fingers pricked.

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this device. If you or your child dreads finger pokes, this device is worth every penny! If you want to try one yourself click here to purchase. Be sure to use coupon code: FINGERPRICKIN15 for $15 off! If you get one, let me know how you like it!

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