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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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Snow Day Recipes & Activities

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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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New Year’s Eve Snack & Activity Ideas for Kids

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2016 is coming to a close and we’re getting ready to ring in 2017! I hope 2016 has been a great year for you and your family, and I hope that 2017 is even better!

To help start the New Year off right, today I wanted to share some fun New Year’s Eve snack and activity ideas with you to do with the kids.

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The first is a fun snack idea- a Milk & Cookie New Year’s Toast for Kids. The idea is to have your own little countdown early on in the day (maybe 12 p.m. instead of 12 a.m.) for little ones who can’t make it to midnight. Once 12 hits, you toast to the new year with your glass of milk and then use the remainder of the milk to dunk your cookies in.

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To make this more diabetic friendly, for our type 1 kiddos, I used Fairlife milk & Cybele’s Free to Eat Cookies.

Fairlife Milk has 50% less sugar and carbs, and 50% more protein that ordinary milk (yes, even the chocolate!), and it tastes great!

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Cybele’s Free to Eat Cookies are full of the flavors you crave, free of the top 8 allergens, certified gluten-free, certified vegan, and you don’t have to be allergic to love them! They come in Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Chunk Brownie and all are fantastic!

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The next snack I’m sharing is a simple fruit platter spelling out “2017”. My kids gobbled this up in about 5 seconds. Just pick their four favorite fruits, and pre-weigh and count the carbs before assembling on the platter so that they can just dig in. It’s always fun writing the new year the first few times, and I must say writing it in fruit is even more fun!

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This time of year there is always a lot of talk about making New Year Resolutions. This doesn’t have to just be for adults, kids can get in on this too!

I know New Year’s Resolutions can be very cliche, but I personally love the idea of setting new intentions for a new year. It feels like a clean slate to make certain areas of your life better than they were in the previous year. As my kids get older, I think this is important for them to do as well- examine things they want to do better, think about something new they want to learn or try in the new year, etc.

I printed off two sheets for them to fill out. One is from theteacherbag.com, and the other is from uncommondesignsonline.com. We had a lot of fun with this activity, and some of their answers surprised me (in a good way). It’s nice to put these “goals” in writing too, because this way we can go back to them and check in and see if we’re making steps towards attaining our goals.

Just a few, fun, and simple things to do with the kiddos to help celebrate the New Year. I sincerely hope 2017 is wonderful for all of you!

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Friday Featured Lunch 12.23.16

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’s this week’s featured lunch packed in an EasyLunchbox:

Reindeer Corn Dog (Applegate corn dog with broken pretzel twists for antlers, 2 candy eyes, and a dab of ketchup)= 24 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries & pomegranate seeds)= 10 carbs
Broccoli & Celery with Ranch (not pictured)= 4 carbs
365 Everyday Value Yogurt Candy Cane Pretzel Flats= 23 carbs

Lunch Total= 61 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday 12.20.16

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:

Christmas Cracker Sandwiches (crackers, and lunch meat and cheese cut out using small Christmas cookie cutters)= 10 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries & pomegranate seeds)= 4 carbs
Utz White Cheddar Snowball Cheese Balls= 4 carbs
Frozen Peas= 2 carbs

Meal Total= 20 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch 12.9.16

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’s this week’s featured lunch packed in a Fit & Fresh container:

The Pioneer Woman Christmas Tortilla Rollups (*Use low carb tortillas)= 20 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries & grapes)= 20 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs
Veggie Straws= 8 carbs

Lunch Total= 55 carbohydrates

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

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Halloween Candy Carb Counts

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