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Sleek Treat Monthly Subscription Box Review #1

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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:
January Sleek Treat Box Collage 1

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.

January Sleek Treat Box Collage 2

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!

January Sleek Treat Box Collage 3

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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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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