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Toddler Tuesday

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:

Fresh Fruit (kiwi, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries & grapes)= 6 carbs
Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Pouch= 16 carbs
Red & Yellow Bell Pepper Strips & Tomatoes= 1 carb
Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Pretzels= 8 carbs
Whole Wheat Pita Bread= 8 carbs
Hard-boiled Egg= 0 carbs
Sabra Hummus= 7 carbs

Meal Total= 46 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch 9.23.16

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in a Planet Box:

Greek Salad Pita Pocket= 18 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, pineapple & grapes)= 11 carbs
Annie’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Tube= 8 carbs
Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Kiss= 3 carbs
Veggie Straws= 8 carbs
Hummus= 4 carbs
Carrots= 3 carbs

Lunch Total= 55 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday 9.20.16

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:

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken (over spaghetti)= 15 carbs
Horizon Organic Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches= 7 carbs
Fresh Fruit (grapes & watermelon)= 8 carbs
Tomato Slices= 1 carb
Frozen Peas= 2 carbs

Meal Total= 33 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday 9.13.16

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:

Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese= 4 carbs
Crackers= 6 carbs
Yogurt with Strawberries, Blueberries & Granola= 13 carbs
Grapes= 4 carbs
Corn= 3 carbs
Diced Ham= 0 carbs

Meal Total= 30 carbohydrates

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

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21 Months

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My daughter turns 21 months old today. To most people, this isn’t necessarily a noteworthy month (at least not more than any other), but I have found myself a bit emotional as the day approaches as she is now as old as C was when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Nearly 8 years into this disease I feel like I have largely come to terms with what our life with diabetes looks like, and I am often “numbed out” to that raw emotion that existed for the first couple of years after his diagnosis. Some days are certainly better than others, but for the most part, I have accepted our “normal.”

However, I still have triggers that can take me back to that hospital room with my little toddler, whose only concerns at the time were making sure he had at least 5 trains by his side at all times, and that an episode of Little Einsteins was constantly playing. He had no idea why he was at the hospital, or that there was a war being waged inside his tiny body, why his tiny fingers were now being pricked multiple times a day, or why he was now given shots 4 times a day. He was completely unaware of the gravity of a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. This is something I am thankful for, because by the time he was old enough to understand it, it was already his normal.

Because I am now dealing with a 9 1/2-year-old who is becoming increasingly more in charge of his own diabetes management, it’s easy to forget just how challenging those early days really were. But now that I look at my daughter who is now exactly the same age that he was when he was diagnosed, the memories start flooding back. Memories I have tried hard over the years to suppress.

I went through the same thing when my middle child turned 21 months old, 5 years ago. I know there isn’t a lot of logic to it, because even if my other two children were to become type 1 diabetics as well, the likelihood of that happening at 21 months would be highly unlikely.

Even so, I can’t seem to shake the emotion I am feeling. Sometimes I think I try so hard to put on a brave face, that I forget that it’s OK to feel sad, to feel angry, to feel bitter, to wish with every fiber of my being that this wasn’t C’s reality…our reality.

So instead of trying to suppress that emotion that I’m currently feeling, I’m going to try to just embrace it this month. Feel that sadness, the loss of the innocence and carefree-ness that was stripped of my firstborn at 21 month old. But also knowing, that if my other two children were to be diagnosed that we would be OK. That you can still live a full and happy life even when plagued this awful disease.

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Friday Featured Lunch 9.9.16

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in a Planet Box:

Leftover Pioneer Woman Perfect Pot Roast (roast, carrots and onion)= 5 carbs
Fresh Fruit (mandarin oranges, blueberries, cotton candy grapes, strawberries, kiwi, and peaches)= 12 carbs
Angie’s Boomchickapop Candy Corn flavored Kettle Corn= 9 carbs
Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Kiss= 3 carbs
Bounce Protein Energy Ball= 21 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 9.2.16

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:

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich (low carb bread with pesto, spinach, mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, and avocado slices)= 27 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and pineapple)= 18 carbs
Annie’s Sour Cream & Onion Bunnies= 8 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs
Cucumber Slices= 1 carb
Carrots= 3 carbs

Lunch Total= 64 carbohydrates

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

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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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