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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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Friday Featured Lunch- Tuna Melts

 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 (which was actually my lunch- C is not a fan of tuna) packed in an EasyLunchbox:

The Pioneer Woman Tuna Melts assembled on a Mikey’s English Muffin= 8 carbs
Fresh Fruit (pineapple, orange slices, blueberries, strawberries, grapes & blackberries)= 14 carbs
Fresh Veggies (red, yellow & green bell peppers & carrots= 4 carbs
Chocolate Chip Keto Kookie= 10.5 carbs (1.5 net carbs)

Lunch Total= 36.5 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

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Ever since I heard about Sleek Treat Subscription Monthly Boxes I’ve been dying to get my hands on a box to try out some new diabetic-friendly products for C. Thankfully, we were recently able to do just that!

So what is Sleek Treat? 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 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 information about each product.

C truly enjoyed everything they sent in the box! Here is what was inside:
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Hi-FiBar Pumpkin Spice Orange Granola- Hi-FiBar is a diabetic-friendly snack that is made with all natural ingredients, has zero added sugar, has high fiber, and is low carb. We got to try out their tasty Pumpkin Spice Orange Granola and it was fantastic! C is a big pumpkin fan, so he really enjoyed this. The granola is great on it’s own, but it can also be used as a topping for yogurt, etc. Hi-FiBar also has diabetic-friendly granola bars.

thinkThin Cookies & Cream High Protein Bar- These gluten-free bars contain 20 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar and are certified low glycemic. The Cookies & Cream flavor was a huge hit with C! I love to give him protein bars before he heads to soccer practice, etc., as the high protein seems to help stabilize his blood sugar before engaging in physical activity. C gave this bar two thumbs up!

ChocoRite Chocolate Crispy Caramel Candy Bar- We already knew that C loved ChocoRite’s products because we have tried them before, but he had never tried this particular flavor. It didn’t disappoint! The rich caramel and creamy milk chocolate paired perfectly for a sweet treat. ChocoRite Candy Bars are low carb, low calorie, gluten-free, low sugar, chewy, candy bars sweetened with erythritol, containing low net carbs.

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Xyloburst Xylitol Orange Citrus Fruit Sours- Lately, C has really been in to small mint-like candies he can periodically suck on. So these Xyloburst Fruit Sours were right up his alley! They are all-natural, low carb, non-GMO, gluten-free and sugar-free. They also come in grape, watermelon, and cherry.

Xyloburst Assorted Fruit Lollipops- What kids don’t love lollipops?! We usually try to steer clear of them if we can help it, because regular lollipops are almost a sure way to spike blood sugar. That’s why I am so glad we got to try these Xyloburst Assorted Fruit Lollipops, which are the perfect swap for sugary treats. They come in apple, orange, raspberry and strawberry. They are also all-natural and sugar-free.

You can find both the Xyloburst Fruit Sours and the Xyloburst Assorted Fruit Lollipops at FocusNutrition.com. Both were a huge hit with C!

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Coco Polo 70% Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nibs- We had never tried Coco Polo Chocolate before so we were really excited to do so!  C prefers milk chocolate, but he did still like this. I also prefer milk chocolate, but was pleasantly surprised with how yummy this was! Coco Polo Chocolate is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, all-natural, sugar-free, and sweetened with stevia. It is also packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Refining chocolate produces small pieces of pure raw cocoa called nibs. They are included this bar for an intense cocoa experience along with crunchy texture.

TruChocolate Dark Chocolate Wafers- C really loved this chocolate! Made from only the finest organic non-GMO fair trade cocoa, blended with healthy ingredients, Tru Chocolate is packed with acai powder, citrus and green tea extract. I really loved the little individual packages. The perfect treat to be packed with a lunch, etc.!

To summarize, we were super pleased with the contents of our box! We were exposed to many new products we hadn’t heard of previously. I would definitely order these products again, 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- Dr. Seuss Themed Meal

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:

Red, Stop! Green, Go! Veggie Stoplight (celery stick, cream cheese & red, yellow and green bell pepper circles)= 0.8 carbs
Nutter Butter Lorax (Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie, Easy Cheese & candy eyes)= 12 carbs
Truffula Tree Fruit (strawberries, grapes, blueberries & pineapple)= 6.3 carbs
Go, Dog. Go! Corn Dog (mini corn dog with banana wheels)= 8 carbs
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Goldfish Crackers= 7 carbs
The Cat in the Hat String Cheese= 0 carbs

Meal Total= 34.1 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch- Cheesy Meatball Bites

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:

Cheesy Meatball Bites (Annie’s Homegrown Organic Crescent Rolls, meatballs, marinara sauce & mozzarella cheese)= 28 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, pineapple, orange slices & grapes)= 17 carbs
SkinnyPop White Cheddar Popcorn= 4 carbs
Carrots= 3 carbs

Lunch Total= 52 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Cracked Nut Butter & Banana Sandwiches

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:

Cracked Nut Butter & Banana Sandwiches (Cracked Nut Butter (or any nut butter) spread between thin slices of banana)= 8.7 carbs
MySuperSnack Blueberry Banana Acai (Soft) Granola Bites= 13 carbs
Fresh Fruit (pineapple, raspberries & blueberries)= 5.2 carbs
Cucumbers & Tomatoes= 0.8 carbs
Avocado= 1.5 carbs
Broccoli= 0.4 carbs

Meal Total= 29.6 carbohydrates

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

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