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Friday Featured Lunch 2.5.16

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It was a chaotic week with snow days, etc., so I did not get a picture of the boys’ lunch, so for this week’s Friday Featured Lunch I’m sharing a gorgeous Harvest Cobb Salad I made for myself. It is romaine lettuce topped with diced pears, dried cranberries, diced apple, chopped bacon, hard-boiled egg chunks, halved pecans and crumbled goat cheese. I didn’t calculate exact carbs, but I’m guessing, without dressing, the whole salad is likely somewhere between 10-15 carbs.

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Groundhog Day Treat

Even if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow, it’s hard for me to even think about Spring, as our state is currently in a blizzard watch. However, we’re still anxious to see what the furry guy predicts! In anticipation of Groundhog Day, I made the kid’s these cute little treats, and they loved them!

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I made them using a homemade chocolate pudding recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod and then my own touches for the Groundhog Day theme. This particular recipe uses avocado for the base, but you couldn’t even taste them- I totally snuck that in on my kids without them even knowing it!

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For simplicity, and less sugar (since this recipe does include maple syrup), you could of course just grab a sugar-free chocolate pudding cup from the store, and you could make this snack in less than 5 minutes.

Just a fun and quick way to celebrate Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day Treat

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Groundhog Day Treat

Recipe adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 100 calorie pack Nabisco Oreo Thin Crisps, crushed
  • 10 Teddy Graham crackers

Instructions

  1. Put the almond milk, avocados, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer the pudding to glasses, ramekins, or jars and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  3. Right before serving, distribute the bag of crushed Oreo Thin Crisps evenly on the top of each pudding cup, and then insert 1 Teddy Graham cracker into each pudding cup, so that only the top half of the cracker is sticking out.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Servings Per Container 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 118.1 Calories from Fat 43.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.8g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 40.8mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 14.7g
Protein 0.8g 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Friday Featured Lunch 1.29.16

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:

Cheese Shell Mini Tacos (filled with seasoned taco meat, and topped with shredded lettuce, avocado, salsa & sour cream)= 3 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes & mandarin oranges)= 20 carbs
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps= 12 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs

Lunch Total= 42 carbohydrates

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

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Newly Diagnosed Meal Plan

For the last couple of months I have been working with Beyond Type 1 to create a 1-week meal plan for a newly diagnosed family. This is something I have been wanting to do for awhile. Every time I hear from a newly diagnosed family, I’ve wanted to have something to direct them toward that will help them get back on their feet and learn how to prepare meals for their type 1 kiddo.

This plan features some of our favorite family recipes, and when creating it, I tried to strike a balance of low carbohydrate options, while also keeping them super kid-friendly, as this will likely be a new way of eating for many kids.

This plan contains options for a homemade breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, every day for a week. If this is an overwhelming amount of cooking for you, feel free to pick and chose from the recipes provided- you can totally cater it to your own family. The plan is merely meant as a sample week.

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Here are 4 of our family favorite recipes that are included in the plan:

Low Carb Breakfast Burritos Over the years these Breakfast Burritos have become a favorite at our house! They’re so easy to make and so delicious! I promise you won’t even miss the tortilla!
Unwrapped Sandwich Skewer Sometimes you just need a break from an ordinary sandwich. This Unwrapped Sandwich Skewer does just that! Just load up a popsicle stick or skewer with your favorite sandwich fillings and you have a perfect lunch idea. If your kiddo doesn’t typically eat sandwiches, this may be just the ticket to getting them to like them!
Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip Whenever I make this Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip, my kids are always left begging for more. I know that a chickpea based cookie dough dip may have you raising your eyebrows, but I’m here to tell you that this stuff is goooood and it totally tastes like cookie dough!
Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti After looking for a low-carb alternative to spaghetti, this delicious Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti was born. You’ll be shocked at what a “noodle fix” broccoli slaw will give you!

For the whole plan click here. While there, be sure to check out all of Beyond Type 1’s amazing resources. Their “First 30 Days” section is especially helpful for newly diagnosed families.

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Friday Featured Lunch 1.15.16

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:

Bacon & Avocado “Fries” (slice 1/2 avocado into thick slices, wrap avocado slices with bacon, and bake at 425 for 5-10 minutes or until bacon becomes crisp)= 8 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & raspberries)= 11 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs
Veggie Straws= 8 carbs
Carrots= 3 carbs

Lunch Total= 37 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch 1.8.16

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 a Fit & Fresh container:

Egg Roll in a Bowl (cabbage, carrots, green onions, chicken, sesame oil, & coconut aminos)= 10 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, & pineapple)= 13 carbs
The Laughing Cow USA Cheese Wedge= 1 carb
Chobani Yogurt Tube (not pictured)= 7 carbs
Triscuit Crackers= 14 carbs

Lunch Total= 45 carbohydrates

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

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Diabetic Sick Kit

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The holidays have now come and gone. You’ve likely had multiple family gatherings, and we’re officially in the thick of winter. I don’t know about your family, but this time of year tends to be a hot spot for our family to catch and spread illness. However, this year we’re prepared!

When illness strikes our house, 9-out-of-10 times it comes completely out of nowhere, in the wee hours of the night when we are awoken by crying kiddos. It’s seriously so bizarre. Most nights that our kids end up getting sick they were acting completely normal prior to bedtime, giving no signs that something was brewing.

So because illness tends to strike at random times at our house, I rarely have everything I need on hand to properly care for kiddos. I (or my husband) almost always have to go run out for “sick supplies,” which is the last thing I want to be doing when I have a kiddo who is feeling under the weather. So I finally wised up and created a “sick kit” of shelf stable items that can help me avoid the middle of the night store runs, when illness does decide to strike.

Because illness and diabetes go together about as good as oil and water, I thought I would share a sick kit that is specific to diabetes sick day management.

Here’s what’s inside:

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  • Water bottles- This is for obvious reasons- it’s important to stay hydrated when sick! You also want to push fluids to help get rid of those pesky ketones that seem to just love to join sick parties.
  • 7-UP (regular & diet)– I like to have both on hand when C is sick because especially when he has a tummy bug, he tends to go low quite often, so it’s nice to have regular 7-UP for when we’re trying to bring his blood sugar up, and the Diet is nice if he’s high, but wanting something other than water to drink.
  • Gatorade (regular & G2)- I like to have both on hand for the same reasons I do for regular 7-Up and Diet. Do note that G2 does have carbs in it, it’s just a lot less than regular Gatorade.
  • Juice boxes- No, juice is not the best for a sick tummy, but I like to have juice boxes stashed just in case of emergencies and this seemed like a good place to have some.

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Shelf-stable foods that are good on a sick tummy:

  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Saltine crackers
  • Cheerios

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Diabetic sick day supplies:

  • Frosting- I’ve never actually had to use this before, but I heard a tip long ago to always keep a tube of frosting on hand, and in the event of a severe low put some frosting on the inside of your kiddos cheek.
  • Glucose tabs
  • Glucagon kit
  • Ketostix- You may want to include a disposable cup with this. For a couple of years C wasn’t comfortable “going” directly on the stick and found using a cup to collect with, and then test, was easier. You can also get a ketone meter that uses a blood drop, much like a blood sugar check. We used to use a ketone meter when C was still in diapers, but have since gone away from it because it was a bigger pain to keep up with the prescription and the expiring sticks than to just use Ketostix.

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  • Medicine- Pain relievers, cough syrups, cough drops, anti-diarrhea and anti-vomiting medicine, etc. It can be helpful to find sugar-free products when possible. Everything pictured above is sugar-free.

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  • Thermometer- It’s nice to also have extra thermometer batteries on hand just in case.
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer

Other items I’m assuming you already have on hand:

  • Dr.’s phone numbers
  • Blood glucose monitoring supplies- Meter, strips, lancing device.
  • Insulin pump supplies (or syringes if not on a pump)

As with just about everything else pertaining to diabetes, I’ve found that planning ahead and planning for the unexpected, helps everything run much smoother and takes off so much stress! Having a sick kit ready with supplies for when illness strikes gives me such peace of mind! Hopefully it will you too!

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Friday Featured Lunch 12.18.15

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.

Lunch 12.18.15Here’s this week’s featured lunch packed in a Fit & Fresh container:

Rudolph PB&J (regular PB&J cut out using a heart cookie cutter, 2 mini pretzels for ears, 2 chocolate chips for eyes, and a chunk of strawberry for the nose)= 20 carbs
Angie’s Boomchickapop​ Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Kettle Corn Popcorn= 14 carbs
Santa’s Belly Strawberry Jell-o (sugar-free)= 0 carbs
Mini Candy Cane= 4 carbs
Apple Chunks= 16 carbs
Carrots= 4 carbs

Lunch Total= 58 carbohydrates

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

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