Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

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!

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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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Top 10 Posts of 2016

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In case you missed the best of the best, here’s a list of 2016’s Top 10 Posts:

1) POWER Muffins: Blueberry+Oatmeal+Yogurt

2) 10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Snacks

3) Low Carb Breakfast Burritos

4) Chocolate Frosty

5) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

6) Mini Caramel Apple Pops

7) Rainbow Fruit Skewers

8) Yogurt & Granola Fruit Kabobs

9) Cinnamon Pear Chips

10) 20 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Lunch Ideas

I’m positive 2017 will hold even more deliciousness!

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{4-Ingredient} Cupid Ice Cream

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{4-Ingredient} Cupid Ice Cream

Yield: Makes 4 1/2-cup servigns

{4-Ingredient} Cupid Ice Cream

Recipe source: skinnymom.com

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Slice bananas into 1 inch pieces. Place in a plastic bag and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  2. Remove strawberries and bananas from freezer and place in a food processor or blender. Blend until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  3. Add milk or almond milk (more or less for desired texture) and vanilla and blend until smooth and well-mixed.
  4. Scoop out with an ice cream scoop and serve.

Notes

Each 1/2 cup serving has approximately: 52.6 Calories, 0.2g Total Fat, 5.8g Protein, 13.1g Carbohydrates, 1.6g Dietary Fiber, 7.4g Sugar, 0.5mg Cholesterol, 4.3 Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/02/10/4-ingredient-cupid-ice-cream/

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Valentine’s Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

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Valentine’s Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Yield: 1 serving

Valentine’s Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons frozen (or fresh) raspberries
  • 2 Tablespoons frozen (or fresh) strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons granola

Instructions

  1. Alternate layering all ingredients in a glass, jar or container.
  2. Serve cold.

Notes

Each serving has approximately: 107.5 Calories, 0.8g Total Fat, 6.1g Protein, 19.9g Carbohydrates, 2.3g Dietary Fiber, 10.1g Sugar, 2.5mg Cholesterol, 51.3 Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/02/10/valentines-fruit-yogurt-parfaits/

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Snow Ice Cream

C had a snow day today and we decided to make snow ice cream for the first time! We made two batches; one with real sugar & one with Truvia. Quite honestly, the one with Truvia was much better! This is a great low carb treat and fun activity to do with the kiddos on a snowy day!

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5 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Holiday Treats

Are you all ready for the holidays? Thankfully, I can finally say that I am.

Because I know many of your kiddos will be having their holiday breaks soon, I wanted to compile some holiday treat recipes for you.

5 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Holiday Treats

I love the holiday break. I love the holidays first and foremost, but I also love having both kids home for a couple of weeks. Plus, the weather usually forces us to stay indoors, which I really enjoy on occassion. Being stuck indoors with my family and just being lazy is a welcome treat after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

So if you too find yourself with more downtime in the next couples of weeks, try out some of these recipes with the kids. I hopefully have included something that all palates could enjoy!

Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Hot Chocolate Popsicles

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Hot Chocolate Popsicles

Yield: Makes 4 1/4 cups hot chocolate

Serving Size: 1 popsicle (makes approximately 10)

Hot Chocolate Popsicles

Recipe source: thishomemadelife.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups milk (use vanilla almond milk to lower carb total)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well.
  4. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour into popsicle molds.
  6. Freeze for 3 hours or until solid.

Notes

Each serving (1 popsicle) has approximately 5.7g of carbs and 0.8g of dietary fiber. Total NET CARBS= 4.9g.

57.2 Calories; 1.2g Total Fat; 3.2g Protein; 5.7g Carbohydrate; 0.8g Dietary Fiber; 4.5g Sugar; 6mg Cholesterol; 77.1mg Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2013/12/17/hot-chocolate-popsicles/

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Chocolate Frosty

I discovered the recipe for this chocolate frosty a few months ago, and we have since enjoyed it several times over summer break.

On Pinterest, it has been likened to a Wendy’s frosty. It has been years since I have had a Wendy’s frosty, so I can’t speculate on how it compares in taste, but it certainly looks similar!

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The texture is so light and airy, but because it is so protein-rich it is super filling. The mixture is also really thick and creamy…almost like the consistency of a malt.

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I must admit, the first time I made this I used a cheap vanilla protein powder. I thought it was good, but the taste from the protein powder was distinct and there was just something off about it. I tried a different brand of protein powder the second time and instead of using a stevia packet for my sweetener, I used 1/2 medium frozen banana. The results…MUCH better!

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Both of my kids loved this for a treat on hot days. C just had it this week as an after school snack!

I calculated the entire mixture as 21 NET CARBS. The entire mixture is about 4 cups, so I always give C half and my little guy and I share the other half.

Rich, creamy, chocolaty goodness…doesn’t get much better than that!

Chocolate Frosty

Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate Frosty

Recipe Source: mealsandmovesblog.com

Ingredients

  • 6oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 15 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 of a medium frozen banana

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Notes

1 serving= 10.5 NET CARBS

http://fingerprickingood.com/2013/08/21/chocolate-frosty/

Frosty de Chocolate
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Ingredientes
  • 6 oz de leche de almendra sin endulzar
  • 15 cubos de hielo
  • 1 de cucharada proteína de vainilla en polvo
  • 1-2 cucharadas de polvo de cocoa sin endulzar
  • ½ cucharadita de goma xantana
  • ½ guineo congelado

Instrucciones
  1. Agrega todos los ingredientes en la batidora, y bate hasta obtener una mezcla homogénea.

Notas
Total de carbohidratos 10.5 gm

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