Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

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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6 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Valentine’s Day is in just a few days! Make the little loves in your life day a little more special by making them one of these yummy treats to celebrate the holiday of love.

6 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Valentine's TreatsHere are 6 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Valentine’s Treats. Three of these recipes can be found on my guest post at t1everydaymagic.com. While you’re there, be sure to browse the entire site. There are so many great resources for families living with type 1 diabetes!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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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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Strawberry Jello Dessert

Happy Valentine’s Day from Finger Prickin’ Good! If you’re in a pinch and want a yummy dessert or snack idea for your little valentine, here is a quick and easy idea: Strawberry Jello Dessert.

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All you need to make this is a box of Sugar Free Strawberry Jello, some fresh strawberry slices, and Sugar Free or Lite Cool Whip. Such an easy but absolutely delicious dessert! My little valentine’s couldn’t get enough! The fresh strawberry slices really add a lot to this recipe.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry Jello Dessert

Strawberry Jello Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 box Sugar Free Strawberry Jello
  • Lite or Sugar Free Cool Whip
  • Fresh strawberries, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Make Jello according to package instructions. Divide mixture between cups (mine made 10 cups- shown above).
  2. Top Jello with a thin layer of fresh strawberry slices.
  3. Refrigerate for approximately 90 minutes or until Jello is set.
  4. Top with approximately 1/4 cup Cool Whip and serve.

Notes

1/2 cup with sugar free strawberry jello, a thin layer of fresh strawberry slices and 1/4 cup of Cool Whip= 8 carbohydrates.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2014/02/14/strawberry-jello-dessert/

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Apple Hearts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Personally, I love Valentine’s Day. However, I admit that the candy/sugar surrounding Valentine’s Day kicks my anxiety up a notch. And C’s birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day, so the whole week always takes some extra thought and planning so that he can still enjoy both of these celebrations without having to ride the blood sugar roller coaster too many times.

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One solution I have come up with (especially for the holidays that are synonymous with candy) is to start celebrating early.

Valentine's Day Mailboxes

Valentine’s Day for instance, I have made little Valentine’s Day mailboxes for my kids and for the couple of weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, I put little surprises or notes in their mailboxes each day. It has become something they love and really look forward to. Doing little things like this, in my mind, is a good way to still celebrate the holidays in a fun way without the treats and candy being the focal point.

I also, of course, try to find ideas of diabetic-friendly treats and snacks, so that then we can have the best of both worlds. Take these super easy, but super cute apple hearts for example. It took me all of 5 minutes to make this snack for my guys. C especially was super impressed and thought it was so cool. It was also quite hilarious to see him bite into the apple, as he is currently missing his two front teeth ;).

Apple Hearts

Apple Hearts

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 small heart cookie cutter
  • Pairing knife

Instructions

  1. Push the heart shaped cookie cutter one apple and then carefully pull it out.
  2. The cookie cutter will have left a heart imprint on your apple. Using the pairing knife, carefully cut around the heart so that your apple heart cutout pops out of your apple easily.
  3. Repeat these steps with the other apple.
  4. Next, put the red heart shape into the green apple and the green heart shape into the red apple.

Notes

1 small apple with skin (6 oz) contains approximately 21 carbohydrates.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2014/02/12/apple-hearts/

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