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Friday Featured Lunch 10.24.14

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 is this week’s featured lunch, a Halloween themed lunch, packed in a PlanetBox:

Mummy on a Stick (cut 1 slice of bread- crust removed, 3 slices turkey, & 1 slice of cheese into squares and thread onto a cake pop stick, secure two candy eyes with a tiny bit of honey)= 15 carbs
Strawberries= 4 carbs
Carrots= 2 carbs
Candy Corn (5 pieces)= 9 carbs
Cheese Balls= 4 carbs
Apple Pie Parfait (layer vanilla yogurt, finely diced apples, granola & sprinkle the top with cinnamon):
Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt= 13 carbs
Diced Apples= 3 carbs
Granola= 5 carbs

Lunch Total: 55 carbohydrates

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

*Idea for the Mummy on a Stick found at BentonBetterLunches.

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Friday Featured Lunch 10.17.14

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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Sweet Peanut Butter & Apple Wrap (finely dice up a couple of apple slices, sprinkle with small amounts of brown sugar & cinnamon, stir, spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on one low carb tortilla, layer on diced apples, roll up wrap and cut in half)= 23 carbs
Apple Slices= 8 carbs
Carrots= 2 carbs
Angie’s Salted Caramel Popcorn= 9 carbs
Go-Gurt Yogurt Tube= 12 carbs

Lunch Total= 54 carbohydrates

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

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Breakfast Kebobs

We are just a little over one week into our summer break here, and boy were we all ready for it! There are so many things I look forward to about summer days. One of many being the slower pace in the mornings. Now that I can officially cross lunch packing off of my morning duties, I like to channel that energy into making a more elaborate breakfast, instead of the quick breakfasts that the school year tends to necessitate.

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I decided to try these breakfast kebobs and my boys absolutely LOVED them! They ate every last bite of their kebob and were asking for seconds before I was even done assembling the rest of the skewers.

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They are quick to make and a well-rounded and better yet, low carb, breakfast I can feel good about giving my kiddos to jump-start their day.

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You can make as many or as few of these as your family needs. Do note that the recipe for the baked eggs will make quite a few mini egg cups. Just serve additional egg cups on the side, or refrigerate leftovers for the next morning.

You can adapt the ingredients to your own child’s likes. For instance, add another kind of fruit, or choose a different kind of cheese and meat. I’m certain you’ll find a combination that will leave your kiddos asking for seconds!

Breakfast Kebobs

Serving Size: 1 Kebob

Breakfast Kebobs

Recipe source: mamitalks.com.

Ingredients

    For Baked Egg Cups:
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • For Breakfast Kebobs:
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Deli turkey breast
  • Colby cheese slices
  • Kitchen Utensils:
  • Mini muffin tin
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions

    For Baked Egg Cups:
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Crack the eggs into mixing bowl and mix them well with the salt and milk.
  3. Spray a mini muffin tin with the nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Pour in the egg mixture, filling the tins about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Take the eggs out of the oven. Let them sit for 2 minutes.
  6. For Breakfast Kebobs:
  7. Wash the strawberries. Cut in halves.
  8. Cut the cheese into thin little squares (not too thin, remember they will be passed through the wooden skewer).
  9. Toast the waffles.
  10. Assembles the skewers. Thread the ingredients one by one. I like to assemble them like this; waffle, egg cup, cheese slice, turkey & fruit. Repeat each ingredient twice and end with a strawberry.

Notes

2 mini waffles= 6 carbs

1 baked egg cup= 0 carbs

1 medium strawberry= 1 carb

2 slices deli turkey breast= 0 carbs

2 slices Colby cheese= 0 carbs

1 kebob= Approximately 7 carbohydrates

http://fingerprickingood.com/2014/06/03/breakfast-kabobs/

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Diabetes Burnout

*Cough, cough*

Please excuse the dust, everyone. I know it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me. I truly apologize that it’s been so long since I last posted and especially that there has been no explanation for my absence.

Each spring our schedules seem to fill up at lightning speed. Even though I have now learned that it’s coming and even try to take precautions to soften the blow, I still seem to find myself floundering through the days, just making sure the necessities are done for the family and making sure everyone gets where they need to be on any given day. It seems the time for “extras” becomes quite slim.

That’s half of my explanation…and the prettier/lukewarm version. The other half probably took about a full month and a half for me to even put my finger on myself. I knew what I was feeling inside, but wasn’t even able to articulate it to my husband when asked why I hadn’t been posting.

It was a slow progression to get to the point I got and that’s why I didn’t even necessarily feel it happening. I would say it all started with a routine checkup with the endocrinologist. We got a good report and only slight basal changes were suggested, but my husband and I just weren’t happy with C’s A1C. His Dr. wasn’t concerned as it was within the range for his age, but we just know we can and have done much better. We left that appointment feeling a bit deflated but vowed we were going to get it down by the next appointment. Next appointment comes…not only had his A1C not gone down, but it went up. Are there instances we could look back on and say, “Hey, maybe we could have handled that situation differently?” Absolutely. But even so, each and every day we make our best judgment calls into every decision we make for Carson. When those efforts don’t seem to be reflected in his A1C it feels incredibly defeating.

The other realization I had was that simply by creating this blog, I have interacted and been exposed to more things about diabetes than I ever had been previously. In SO many ways that has been one of the most wonderful things to come from this blog…hearing from so many of you who either are, know someone with, or have children of their own with type 1. The part I struggled with was suddenly having my news-feed full of everything diabetes. I don’t feel I live in oblivion with this disease, but I came across articles about complications, etc., one too many times when I was just not at all emotionally prepared to do so.

Without ever really making a real decision to do so, I kind of just found myself pulling back. I stopped posting and stopped patrolling my other social media sites on a daily basis. I just needed to take a step back. Unfortunately one week turned into two, and two into three, and somehow 2+ months have now passed.

The conclusion I came to…I had diabetes burnout. In short, or at least what my interpretation of what diabetes burnout is, is just being tired of the endless care and attention that diabetes requires. Especially when it seems you are doing your best and everything “right” and still just don’t have the control where you want it to be.

For just about everything in life, we are given breaks. Kids get regular breaks from school, we get to take vacation from work, heck we build two days into each week just to give everyone a break from the weekly grind. If I need a break from the daunting and sometimes exhausting days of stay-at-home mommy hood, I go run errands, maybe grab a coffee and leave the kiddos home with dad for a while, while I clear my head and regain perspective. Diabetes is just about the only thing in our lives that we simply cannot take a break from. Ever.

Diabetes doesn’t say, “Hey, I know you’ve had a really long day today, why don’t you just go ahead and not set any alarms tonight. I promise I’ll be good.” And more often than not you can bet that on your very worst weeks, that’s when a birthday party will be added to the mix, or a field trip at school, which requires adjusting the entire family’s schedule just so that you can go along and be the helicopter mom, that you are trying so desperately not to be.

I know diabetes burnout usually happens to type 1 diabetics themselves. To be honest, I feel guilty even admitting that I have diabetes burnout myself. I feel like I don’t deserve to feel sorry for myself. After all, it is C who feels every high and low. It is C who has to sit in his classroom while kids enjoy birthday goodies (on nearly a weekly basis) while he tucks his away in a plastic bowl and brings it home in his backpack, hoping he can enjoy at least some of it for dessert at dinner.

Even though I may not feel fully justified, I assure you diabetes burnout can happen to caregivers as well. Even though I didn’t have a name for it for years, I can tell you I have certainly felt it before. It comes in waves and while the lows are low, I usually pull myself out of the rut and come back out on the other side with more motivation than ever. That’s where I currently am.

With summer upon us, a break from school, and just having diabetes management be in my control for a few months, I am feeling hopeful it will be just what I need to get back in the saddle.

C has not yet displayed or voiced that he has ever felt diabetes burnout yet, but I imagine as he gets older and takes on more control of his management that he will feel this as well. I am thankful I have been able to shoulder some of it for him in these early years, and hope I can always be that person for him to lean on, and teach him ways to cope. Or at the very least we can figure it out together, as I am still, very much so, a work in progress.

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Friday Featured Lunch 3.21.14

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in a Yumbox:

Grilled Chicken Strips= 0 carbs
Triscuits= 20 carbs
Cheese Bar= 0 carbs
Chobani Champions Yogurt Tube= 9 carbs
Strawberries= 2 carbs
Grapes= 8 carbs
Carrots= 0 carbs
Jelly Beans (a rare but very much appreciated treat)= 11 carbs

Lunch Total= 50 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch 3.14.14

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in a Yumbox:

Tortilla Chips= 14 carbs
BBQ Pulled Pork= 10 carbs
Shredded cheddar cheese= 0 carbs
Chobani Champions Yogurt Tube= 9 carbs
Fruit Medley (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries & grapes)= 8 carbs
Almonds= 2 carbs
Carrots= 0 carbs

Lunch Total= 43 carbohydrates

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

*Included in this lunch is a Lunchbox Love note. These notes are positive little messages for your child, and on the back of each card there is  fun trivia. C has absolutely loved getting these notes and sharing the trivia with his friends.

 

 

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Friday Featured Lunch 3.7.14

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in EasyLunchboxes:

Peanut Butter, Apple & Cinnamon Grilled Sandwich (spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each bread slice, layer with thin apple slices and sprinkle with cinnamon, butter other sides of bread and cook in a skillet like you would a grilled cheese sandwich) = 21 carbs
Snapea Crisps= 7 carbs
Yoplait Very Vanilla Yogurt= 8 carbs
Frozen Raspberries= 6 carbs
Apple Slices= 10 carbs

Lunch Total= 52 carbohydrates

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

 

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Friday Featured Lunch 2.28.14

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in a Yumbox:

Salami Rolls= 1 carb
Cheese Slices= 2 carbs
1/2 Dinner Roll= 11 carbs
MOMables Raw Cookie Dough Bites= 16 carbs
Chobani Champions Yogurt Tube= 9 carbs
Strawberries= 2 carbs
Apple Slices= 6 carbs
Carrots= 0 carbs

Lunch Total= 47 carbohydrates

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

*Included in this lunch is a Lunchbox Love note. These notes are positive little messages for your child, and on the back of each card there is  fun trivia. C has absolutely loved getting these notes and sharing the trivia with his friends.

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