Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

Carb-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes

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I am so honored to have been asked to share 3 Carb-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes on t1everydaymagic.com– a website created by Lilly Diabetes & Disney. Head over here to check out my guest post. Be sure to click on each recipe name and a new window will open up with nutritional information for each recipe. While you’re there you’ll find tons of other helpful posts and topics about day to day life with diabetes.

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Halloween Party Treats

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I am so honored to have been asked to share 3 Halloween Party Treat Recipes on t1everydaymagic.com– a website created by Lilly Diabetes & Disney. Head over here to check out my guest post. Be sure to click on each recipe name and a new window will open up with nutritional information for each recipe. While you’re there you’ll find tons of other helpful posts and topics about day to day life with diabetes.

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Friday Featured Lunch 10.30.15

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 is this week’s featured lunch packed in a Planet Box:

Open-Face Jack-O’-Lantern Sandwich (1 slice bread, 2 slices turkey, 1 slice of cheese with jack-o’-lantern face cut in it)= 9 carbs
Creepy Fingers (2 pretzel rods, 4 slices turkey, and two slivered almonds)= 12 carbs
Ghost Hard-boiled Egg= 1 carb
Candy Corn= 9 carbs
Carrots= 3 carbs
Grapes= 14 carbs

Lunch Total= 48 carbohydrates

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

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Friday Featured Lunch 10.23.15

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.
Lunch 10.23.15

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

PB&J Spider Sandwich (PB&J sandwich cut out in a circle with a cookie cutter, pretzel sticks for legs and 2 chocolate chips for eyes)=23 carbs
Annie’s Halloween Bunny Grahams= 8 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, kiwi & pineapple)= 16 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs
Carrots=4 carbs

Lunch Total= 58 carbohydrates

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

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Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Pre-Trick-or-Treat Meal

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Halloween is almost upon us once again. For many (especially those of you with freshly diagnosed kiddos), I’m sure the mere thought of Halloween and it’s candy-filled traditions is now the scariest part of this holiday for you. I know because I’ve been there and I admit that those first couple of Halloween’s after C was diagnosed with diabetes were pretty challenging and stressful.

After C was diagnosed with diabetes, we maintained that we never wanted to rob him of staple childhood experiences (like trick-or-treating) just because of diabetes. However, as we are all very aware, diabetes doesn’t ever decide to just take the night off either, so these holidays do unfortunately take some extra planning.

It’s taken several years, but I’ve finally learned that I need not dread the candy-filled holidays. With a good plan in place, that both you and your child have agreed on, holidays like Halloween can still be super fun and enjoyable for your type 1 kiddo.

With that in mind, this year I wanted to create a whole pre-trick-or-treating Halloween themed meal. I’ve seen so many cute ideas floating around, and I compiled the ones I thought would make the most kid and carb-friendly, balanced meal, and served it in a muffin tin. Here’s what’s inside:

Mummy Dogs (1 hot dog cut in 1/2 and wrapped in a strip of crescent roll dough and baked at 375F for 10-13 minutes)= 12 carbs
“Candy Corn” Veggies (yellow bell peppers, carrots, and cauliflower layered to resemble candy corn)= 4 carbs
Witches Broomsticks (cut 1 cheese stick into thirds, wrap one end with chives and insert a pretzel stick through the top)= 2 carbs
Clementine “Pumpkin” (1 peeled clementine with a small piece of celery inserted in the top)= 9 carbs
Dirt & Worms (sugar-free chocolate pudding cup topped with 1/2 crushed Oreo and 2 gummy worms)= 30 carbs
Silly Apple Monster (1/4 apple, strawberry slice, sunflower seeds and 2 googly eyes secured with peanut butter)= 8 carbs

Meal Total= 65 carbohydrates

Of course you can cater this to your own child’s appetite and likes/dislikes. If you’re wanting to cut back on carbs in anticipation of allowing your child to indulge in some trick-or-treating candy, just omit the dirt & worms and it will nearly cut the meal carb total in half.

Here are 3 more ideas of what you could fill your muffin tin with, that I have shared on t1everydaymagic.com:

I’d love to know…how do you navigate holidays like Halloween with diabetes? Feel free to share your tips/tricks in the comments!

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Mini Caramel Apple Pops

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I’m always sad to see summer go, but the trade-off of Fall is about as good of a swap as it gets!

This week our local pumpkin patch opens for the season and we can hardly wait! This particular pumpkin patch is no ordinary one. There are over 50 attractions and you need a map just to help you navigate your outing. And the food. Oh the food! Pretty much anything you could imagine, they have it.

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Out of all of these options, for some reason, every year, the food that seems to call C’s name most is the humongous caramel apples. Not to worry, we’ve let him indulge in the real thing before, but this year I’m prepared with an alternative that still allows him to indulge in a treat, but with much less worry. Plus, I couldn’t believe how quickly they came together, and with only a fraction of the mess! I’m thinking these would also make a good fall party treat for school.

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You can use whatever toppings you wish. We chose mini M&M’s, pretzels and Oreos. This is a good one for the kids to help make too. Just make sure they don’t go knuckle deep in the caramel, like I’m certain C would, if given the opportunity. :)

Mini Caramel Apple Pops

Mini Caramel Apple Pops

Recipe source: Tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • Caramel dip
  • Choice of toppings, crushed (pretzels, Oreos, M&M's, peanuts, etc)
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. Use a melon baller and in a circular motion, scoop out mini apple balls. I got 10 balls from a small-medium apple.
  2. Insert a popsicle stick into the side of the apple with the skin. It may help to use a knife to cut a slice in the apple skin for easier insertion of the popsicle stick.
  3. Dip the mini caramel apple pop into the caramel, then dip again into bowls of topping of choice.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Mini Apple Ball with 1 teaspoon of Caramel Dip (does NOT include toppings)
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 1.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0.8mg 0%
Sodium 13.3mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6.0g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 3.8g
Protein 0.2g 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Friday Featured Lunch 10.31.14

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.

Halloween Lunches 2013

Happy Halloween! For this week’s Friday Featured Lunch I am sharing two festive lunches from last year.

The 1st lunch is packed in EasyLunchboxes:

Pumpkin Waffle=24 carbs
Blackberries=2 carbs
Strawberries=4 carbs
Kroger CARBmaster Yogurt Cup=4 carbs
Bacon=0 carbs
Banana Ghost (¼ banana, 2 mini chocolate chips)=8 carbs
Carrots=1 carb

Lunch total=43 carbohydrates

The 2nd lunch is packed in a PlanetBox:

Pizza Quesadilla (2 Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Small Tortillas that have pizza sauce spread on it, topped with pizza blend shredded cheese, and mini pepperonis and cooked on a stove-top until tortilla is crispy and cheese is melted)=17 carbs
Candy Corn Dessert (pineapple, cantaloupe, topped with Lite Cool Whip=11 carbs
Carrot Chips=1 carb
Strawberries=2 carbs
½oz Veggie Straws=5 carbs
Chobani Champions Yogurt Tube=9 carbs
Sun-Maid Strawberry Greek Yogurt Raisins=5 carbs

Lunch Total= 50 carbohydrates

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

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10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Fall Recipes

10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Fall Recipes

In case you missed it, over the past two weeks, I have shared 10 kid approved and diabetic friendly fall recipes. Here are links to the recipes in one convenient list.

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