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Toddler Tuesday- Chocolate Box Lunch

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 empty box of chocolates (*idea from @katherinemaries):

MySuperSnack Blueberry Banana Acai (Soft) Granola Bites= 6 carbs
Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Snack Mix= 3.3 carbs
Colby Jack Cheese Slices= 0.3 carbs
Freeze-Dried Edamame= 0.8 carbs
Mandarin Oranges= 1.9 carbs
Red Bell Pepper= 0.5 carbs
Peas & Carrots= 1.1 carbs
Banana Slices= 2.5 carbs
Strawberries= 0.5 carbs
Blackberries= 0.6 carbs
Raspberries= 1.3 carbs
Blueberries= 0.9 carbs
Diced Ham= 1 carb
Pickles= 0.3 carbs

Meal Total= 21 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Open Face Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagelwich

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:

Open Face Strawberry Cream Cheese Mini Bagelwich (1/2 mini bagel with strawberry cream cheese and heart shaped strawberry slices)= 14 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries & pomegranate seeds)= 4 carbs
Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Sea Salt Heart Chips= 3 carbs
Heart Cucumber Slices= 1 carb
Tomato= 1 carb

Meal Total= 23 carbohydrates

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

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20 Carb Snack Packs

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I saw the amazing idea, on a fellow D-Mom’s Instagram account (@mama_of_2_t1d_boys) to pre-measure snacks, in a pre-determined amount, and put them in little Ziploc containers, that can easily be grabbed on the go, for our kiddos with T1D.

We have built a snack into C’s morning schedule at school, because he eats lunch later this year and has P.E. and recess before lunch. We found that all that activity, combined with the increased gap in between breakfast and lunch, was causing lows before lunch (even with basal adjustments). So the snack has helped keep his numbers steadier.

I typically send him with a variety of protein/granola bars. His favorites are Quest Bars & LARABAR’s. He still loves those, but has vocalized that he could use a break from the bars. So when I saw this idea on @mama_of_2_t1d_boys account, I knew I had to replicate it! In the past I have also included other pre-packed snacks (in the 15-25 carb range) in his snack box, but I have never done this before. This method is a lot more cost effective too.

Using my food scale, I counted out some of his favorite snacks so that each container equaled exactly 20 carbs. I thought I’d keep it easy with doing all 20 carb snacks, but you could do 5, 10, 15, etc., or a combo of varying carb ranges.

Snack Bucket Collage

Here is what I put inside our containers (from left to right, starting at the top):

1) Glutino Yogurt Covered Pretzels
2) Trader Joe’s Rainbow’s End Trail Mix
3) Annie’s Homegrown Organic Chocolate Bunny Grahams
4) Annie’s Homegrown Organic Honey Bunny Grahams
5) Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Squares
6) Annie’s Homegrown Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
7) Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers
8) Glutino Fudge Covered Pretzels
9) Boom Chicka Pop. Popcorn
10) Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Snack Mix
11) Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
12) Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

Let me know what you would put in your snack containers!

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Toddler Tuesday- Salad on a Stick

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:

 Salad on a Stick (Romaine lettuce, cucumber slices, blueberries, and grape tomatoes, threaded onto a popsicle stick, and drizzled with Ranch dressing)= 4 carbs *More ideas on how to build the perfect toddler salad at superhealthykids.com.
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds)= 3 carbs
MySuperSnack Chocolate Chip (Soft) Granola Bites= 4 carbs
Cello Whisps Parmesan Cheese Crisps= 0 carbs
Trader Joe’s Animal Crackers= 4 carbs

Meal Total= 15 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch- Build Your Own Taco Cups

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:

Build Your Own Taco Cups (tortilla scoops, taco meat, black beans, grape tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa & sour cream)= 20 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, clementine slices & kiwi)= 16 carbs
Lifeway Organic ProBug= 10 carbs

Lunch Total= 46 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Macaroni & Cheese Cups

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:

Macaroni & Cheese Cups (made with Annie’s Homegrown Organic Macaroni & Cheese)=  13 carbs
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash= 6 carbs
Banana Slices= 5 carbs
Veggie Straws= 3 carbs
Peas= 2 carbs

Meal Total= 29 carbohydrates

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

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Snow Day Recipes & Activities

5 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Snow Day Snacks- Collage

Even though I am a grown woman, I still look forward to a snow day as much as my kids. As soon as I catch wind that big snow might be coming, I’m heading to the store to stock up on groceries, going through our diabetes supplies and making sure we aren’t running low on anything, and trying to plan some fun activities to do with the kids.

For those of you that are the same as me, I thought I would share some fun snow day recipes and activities to do with the kids. First up…recipes!

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These Cheese Stick Snowmen are so easy to make and a nice, fun, low carb snack. I share the instructions on how to make them on t1everydaymagic.com- Cheese Stick Snowmen.

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A super fun recipe are these Hot Chocolate Popsicles. Even though it’s a cold treat, my kids really love these! Just another fun way to enjoy hot chocolate.

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Another yummy treat is these No-Bake Fudgy Snowballs. Not only do they look fun, but they are also healthy, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan. And because they are no-bake, they come together super quick!

Snow Ice Cream- 2

Ever made Snow Ice Cream before? We hadn’t until a couple of years ago and the kids absolutely loved it! So fun!

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As long as we don’t lose power in the snow storm, I also enjoy baking on snow days. These 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, are super easy, delicious and low carb. Get the recipe over at t1everydaymagic.com- 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.

Snow Day Collage

Some other things we enjoy doing on a snow day is of course playing out in the snow. If there is enough snow, the kids always want to build a snowman. For the past few years I had a snowman kit I had made myself out of clay, but years of wear and tear has left some of the pieces in not the greatest of shape. I found a cheap snowman kit at Target that we now use. They also sell some snow bricks that can be used to make a snow fort. Snow painting is another favorite. You just add water and some food coloring into plastic squeeze bottles (like what you would put ketchup and mustard in), and have at it.

Indoor Activities

If it’s too cold to go outside and play, there is still lots of fun to be had inside. In past years we’ve enjoyed making forts in the house. The above picture is of my middle son in a fort we made using my Moby Wrap.

My kids also love these pretend snowballs (picture borrowed from Amazon.com) for an indoor snowball fight. My mom got these for them last year, and all 3 of my kids have loved having little snowball fights year round.

Snow Day Books

With 3 kids covering a wide range of ages (almost 10, 7 & 2), it can sometimes be difficult to find activities that aren’t boring to my 9 year old, but not too involved for my 2 year old. Books have been a great way to bridge the gap. I try to sit down with them every night and read together. It’s something they all 3 enjoy, and I certainly enjoy it as well! Nothing better than having my 3 kiddos curled up next to me on the couch and reading a good book to them. Above are some of our favorite snow related books- perfect snow day reads!

Snow Day Experiments

Snow days are also a good time to do some experimenting. My kids love a good experiment. Here are some fun ones we’ve done over the years, or plan to do this year.

Here is a list of some other fun ideas: 20 Must-Try Winter Science Experiments.

How do you like to spend snow days?

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Friday Featured Lunch- Butternut Squash Soup

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 LunchBots containers:

Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup (from www.skinnytaste.com)= 21 carbs
1/2 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (made with low carb bread)= 11 carbs
Fresh Fruit (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries & raspberries)= 11 carbs
Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade Juice Box= 2 carbs
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps= 8 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs

Lunch Total= 60 carbohydrates

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

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