Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

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.

Mini Caramel Apple Pops- 5

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.
http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/09/15/mini-caramel-apple-pops/

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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Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

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This delicious Chickpea Cookie Dough dip was a huge hit at our house! I made it for my boys for their after school snack and they went to town on it! I know that a chickpea based cookie dough dip may have you raising your eyebrows, but I’m here to tell you I was seriously blown away by how good this was! It totally tasted like cookie dough!

This comes together super quick, and many of the ingredients are likely staples that you already have in your kitchen. My boys requested that I pack this in their lunch. It was no surprise that there were no leftovers from the batch I made today, but I am totally going to make more, double the recipe, and pack it in their lunch for the occasional treat.

You’ve got to try this!

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add the first 4 ingredients to a food processor or blender and once that is blended, fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Eat as is, or refrigerate at least one hour before consuming.
  3. Serve with graham crackers (not included in my calculations).

Notes

Each 1/4 cup serving has approximately: 161.9 Calories, 8.3g Total Fat, 5.2g Protein, 21.3g Carbohydrates, 3.6g Dietary Fiber, 4.9g Sugar, 0mg Cholesterol, 260 Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/08/26/chickpea-cookie-dough-dip/

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Get in the spirit of this fun holiday by making these Rainbow Fruit Skewers for your kids, or even with your kids.

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A few years back I just made a big platter of fruit shaped into a rainbow, for my kids and some kids I babysat for. While it was certainly a hit with them, it was difficult to accurately bolus C for carbs- I just had to SWAG it.

I figured there had to be a better way to go about this and so this time around I made Rainbow Fruit Skewers. Just calculate carbs for your fruit before assembling onto a skewer and it’s the perfect finger food snack, in a nice little individual portion.

These would be great to make for a classroom treat, a snack, or you could throw one in your kid’s lunch for a fun St. Patty’s Day treat. It’s an easy, fun, nutritious, and delicious idea for the little leprechaun’s in your life.

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Clementines
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes (red & green)
  • Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Using skewers, popsicle sticks, or cake pop sticks, slide fruit onto stick in the following order; strawberry, clementine, pineapple, green grape, blueberry, red grape.
  2. Make as many as desired and arrange on a platter to form a rainbow.

Notes

Each skewer (containing 1 medium strawberry, 1 clementine slice, 1 bite-sized piece of pineapple, 2 grapes and 1 blueberry) has approximately: 27 Calories, 0g Total Fat, 0.4g Protein, 6.7g Carbohydrates, 0.8g Dietary Fiber, 5.4g Sugar, 0mg Cholesterol, 0mg Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/03/12/rainbow-fruit-skewers/

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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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5 Super Bowl Appetizer & Snack Ideas

Are you hosting or going to a Super Bowl party? If so, I’ve got you covered with 5 Super Bowl appetizer and snack ideas.

5 Super Bowl Appetizers & Snacks

Click the links below for the recipes:

Yogurt & Granola Bites

Two-Ingredient Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Mini Mexican Pizzas

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PB&J Oatmeal Cookies

Are you in need of a cookie fix? If so, you’ll love these PB&J Oatmeal Cookies!

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With just 4 ingredients you can whip up these healthy and super kid-friendly treats for the kiddos in your life.

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Make these for an after school snack or pack them in your child’s lunch. No matter how you plan to enjoy them, they’re sure to be a hit!

PB&J Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: Makes 16 cookies

Serving Size: 2 cookies

PB&J Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe source: skinnytaste.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • 2 Tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons sugar free jelly

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the mashed bananas and peanut butter in a medium bowl. Add the oats and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Place batter by tablespoons (little more than level) on the cookie sheet, making an indent with the back of the measuring spoon. Repeat until you have 16 cookies.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and top each with 1/4 teaspoon jelly.

Notes

Each serving (2 cookies) has approximately: 94.2 Calories, 2.7g Total Fat, 2.5g Protein, 16.4g Carbohydrates, 2.1g Dietary Fiber, 4.6g Sugar, 0mg Cholesterol, 8.5 Sodium.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/01/20/pbj-oatmeal-cookies/

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