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Toddler Tuesday 11.8.16

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:

Cranberry, Cinnamon & Goat Cheese Sushi ( 1 slice of bread thinned out, spread with cranberry cinnamon goat cheese, rolled up, and cut into small rolls)= 14 carbs *Flavored goat cheese logs, such as what I used for these sushi rolls, can be found at Trader Joe’s, etc.
Angie’s Boomchickapop​ Frosted Sugar Cookie Kettle Corn Popcorn= 4 carbs
Yellow Tomatoes, Cucumber Sticks & Ranch= 3 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries & raspberries)= 4 carbs
Cheese Slice= 0 carbs

Meal Total= 25 carbohydrates

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

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Halloween Candy Carb Counts

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Friday Featured Lunch 10.28.16

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:

Mini Spider Pizzas (spread pizza sauce onto 1 english muffin, top with shredded cheddar cheese, cut olives and position in the shape of a spider, bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes)= 30 carbs *Calculations are for two pizzas, even though only one is pictured.
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, grapes & mandarin oranges)= 16 carbs
Angie’s Boomchickapop Candy Corn flavored Kettle Corn= 10 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs
Carrots= 3 carbs

Lunch Total= 66 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday 10.25.16

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 in a Planet Box:

Jack O’ Lantern Quesadilla (tortilla cut out with a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, filled with shredded cheddar cheese and microwaved for 15 seconds)= 9 carbs
Trail Mix (peanuts, raisins, butterschotch chips, chocolate chips & M&M’s)= 6 carbs
High Protein Halloween Dirt Cups (recipe from laurafuentes.com)= 17 carbs
Fresh Fruit (mandarin oranges & grapes)= 11 carbs
Frozen Peas= 2 carbs
Salsa= 3 carbs

Meal Total= 48 carbohydrates

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

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Carb-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes

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I am so honored to have been asked to share 3 Carb-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes on t1everydaymagic.com– a website created by Lilly Diabetes & Disney. Head over here to check out my guest post. Be sure to click on each recipe name and a new window will open up with nutritional information for each recipe. While you’re there you’ll find tons of other helpful posts and topics about day to day life with diabetes.

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Friday Featured Lunch 10.7.16

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, assembled inside a LunchBots container:

Taco Soup (recipe below)= 24 carbs
Fresh Fruit (grapes, strawberries & pineapple)= 15 carbs
Garden of Eatin’ Blue Corn Tortilla Chips= 11 carbs
Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade Juice Box= 2 carbs
Lifeway Organic ProBug= 10 carbs

Lunch Total= 62  carbohydrates

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

Taco Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 16-ounce cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef with onion, garlic, and salt & pepper. Drain fat.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients (except optional toppings) and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Ladle soup into bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, and tortilla chips, if desired.
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GrifGrips

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One of the best things about this blog is the platform it provides to share tips and tricks with the diabetic community – things that make diabetes management a little bit easier. Many times this includes sharing some of the various products that we find useful in life with T1D. So when I find something we love and that works really well for us, I feel compelled to share it with you. I’m excited to share that GrifGrips is one of those products!

For the longest time C was quite resistant to letting us put his CGM sensor on the back of his arm. We would encourage him to try it so that his legs and buttocks could have a break, since we also use those spots for his insulin pump site. Well, after attending the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference this summer (and seeing so many T1D peers who were proudly sporting their sensors on their arms), he mustered the courage to try putting his CGM on the back of his arm, and we’ve been putting them there ever since.

Having an active 9 1/2 year old boy, we quickly realized we could use some extra support to secure his sensor in this new location, and shortly after this, we discovered GrifGrips and fell in love with them!

So what are GrifGrips (pulled from the GrifGrips website)?

For all you pump and sensor wearers out there, don’t let diabetes damper your passion for adventure and all of the experiences life has to offer.  We are introducing a new set of adhesive patches, or what we like to call “Grips”, that will help secure your devices and let you go wherever the day takes you. Whether you use the Omnipod, Dexcom, or any other pump or sensor device we can help secure them.

Our Grips and tapes are made of a cotton material with an acrylic adhesive which means they flex with the natural movement of your body and their fabric nature allows your skin to breathe and stay cool.

Whether you’re into heavy sports or just swimming at your local pool our adhesive products can withstand the rigor and keep you on the move.    Plus, they look really cool!! Whether you have a CGM Sensor, Tube or Tubeless insulin pump, we can help you secure your devices. The key to GrifGrips is about getting good coverage both on the device and the surrounding skin areas. This coverage aids in securing the devices from impacts that would normally disengage the device.

Whether you are an athlete, scholar, or gamer, let us take the worry out of securing your devices, so you can focus on the fun.

I love all of their designs and there is truly something for everyone! We’ve tested them on the soccer field, swimming, and just with every day activity of a pre-teen boy, and they work very well! Plus it gives his sensor a little “flare”. I know C enjoys putting on a fresh Grip and seeing what his friends think of it. It’s nice that there are options like this to let them make their devices “theirs” and be another extension of their style and personality.

I urge you to check them out!

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Halloween Party Treats

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I am so honored to have been asked to share 3 Halloween Party Treat Recipes on t1everydaymagic.com– a website created by Lilly Diabetes & Disney. Head over here to check out my guest post. Be sure to click on each recipe name and a new window will open up with nutritional information for each recipe. While you’re there you’ll find tons of other helpful posts and topics about day to day life with diabetes.

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