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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“Free” Holiday Treat Recipes

I am so honored to have been asked to share 3 “Free” Holiday 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. Stay tuned for more guest posts in the future!

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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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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Makes approximately 22 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Truvia® Baking Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup mint chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl add flour, salt and baking soda; mix until combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, Truvía® Baking Blend and vanilla, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoon on cookie sheets and press down to slightly flatten.
  6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned.

Notes

Each serving (1 cookie) has approximately 8.1g of carbs and 0g of dietary fiber. Total NET CARBS= 8.1g.

98.6 Calories; 5.9g Total Fat; 1.2g Protein; 8.1g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 2.9g Sugar; 19.3mg Cholesterol; 117.5mg Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2013/12/17/mint-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Cheese Stick Snowman

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Cheese Stick Snowman

Cheese Stick Snowman

Ingredients

  • Cheese sticks
  • Permanent markers
  • Black construction or foam paper
  • Ribbon for scarf

Instructions

  1. Take permanent markers and mark the body and face as shown.
  2. Add a paper or foam hat with tape and a ribbon scarf.
  3. Add it to a chilly lunchbox for your child to find at lunch time.

Notes

See cheese stick packaging for nutritional information.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2013/12/17/cheese-stick-snowman/

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No-Bake Fudgy Snowballs

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No-Bake Fudgy Snowballs

Yield: Makes 15 snowballs

Serving Size: 1 snowball

No-Bake Fudgy Snowballs

Recipe source: skinnytaste.com.

Ingredients

  • 15 pitted dates
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons water (or more if needed)
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioner's sugar

Instructions

  1. Add almonds to your food processor and pulse until ground.
  2. Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, and water. Mix until it forms a sticky mass. If it seems too dry, add a little water, 1 tsp at a time.
  3. Wash hands and using damp hands (keep sink running) measure 1 tbsp and roll into a ball with the dough. Set balls on parchment paper.
  4. Put confectioner's sugar in a bowl. Roll balls in your hand and then roll in sugar.
  5. Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

Each serving (1 snowball) has approximately 13.4g of carbs and 3.6g of dietary fiber. Total NET CARBS= 9.8g.

123.9 Calories; 7.8g Total Fat; 3.2g Protein; 13.4g Carbohydrate; 3.6g Dietary Fiber; 7.7g Sugar; 0mg Cholesterol; 0mg Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2013/12/17/no-bake-fudgy-snowballs/

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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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