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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Top 10 Posts of 2016

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In case you missed the best of the best, here’s a list of 2016’s Top 10 Posts:

1) POWER Muffins: Blueberry+Oatmeal+Yogurt

2) 10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Snacks

3) Low Carb Breakfast Burritos

4) Chocolate Frosty

5) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

6) Mini Caramel Apple Pops

7) Rainbow Fruit Skewers

8) Yogurt & Granola Fruit Kabobs

9) Cinnamon Pear Chips

10) 20 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Lunch Ideas

I’m positive 2017 will hold even more deliciousness!

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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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Dr. Seuss Strawberry Parfait

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In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday I made these fun Strawberry Parfaits that resemble The Cat in the Hat’s hat. They come together super quick and are great for breakfast or a snack.

Dr. Seuss Strawberry Parfait

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Dr. Seuss Strawberry Parfait

Recipe source: theseasonedmom.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves (I use Smucker's Sugar-Free Strawberry Preserves, sweetened with Truvia)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, diced

Instructions

  1. Mix ricotta cheese, salt, vanilla and sugar together in a small bowl.
  2. Mix strawberry preserves and strawberries together in a separate bowl.
  3. Between 4 shot glasses, evenly distribute ricotta cheese mixture and strawberry mixture, alternating layers to make it look like the stripes in Dr. Seuss's hat.
http://fingerprickingood.com/2016/03/02/dr-seuss-strawberry-parfait/

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 74.9 Calories from Fat 32.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.6g 6%
Saturated Fat 2.3g 12%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 42.8mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 5.4g
Protein 2.6g 5%

*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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Groundhog Day Treat

Even if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow, it’s hard for me to even think about Spring, as our state is currently in a blizzard watch. However, we’re still anxious to see what the furry guy predicts! In anticipation of Groundhog Day, I made the kid’s these cute little treats, and they loved them!

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I made them using a homemade chocolate pudding recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod and then my own touches for the Groundhog Day theme. This particular recipe uses avocado for the base, but you couldn’t even taste them- I totally snuck that in on my kids without them even knowing it!

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For simplicity, and less sugar (since this recipe does include maple syrup), you could of course just grab a sugar-free chocolate pudding cup from the store, and you could make this snack in less than 5 minutes.

Just a fun and quick way to celebrate Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day Treat

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Groundhog Day Treat

Recipe adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 100 calorie pack Nabisco Oreo Thin Crisps, crushed
  • 10 Teddy Graham crackers

Instructions

  1. Put the almond milk, avocados, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer the pudding to glasses, ramekins, or jars and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  3. Right before serving, distribute the bag of crushed Oreo Thin Crisps evenly on the top of each pudding cup, and then insert 1 Teddy Graham cracker into each pudding cup, so that only the top half of the cracker is sticking out.
http://fingerprickingood.com/2016/02/01/groundhog-day-treat/

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Servings Per Container 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 118.1 Calories from Fat 43.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.8g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 40.8mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 14.7g
Protein 0.8g 2%

*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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Cookie’s N’ Milk Breakfast Cups

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Cookies for breakfast?! I don’t think I know any kids that would protest that!

If these delicious Cookies N’ Milk Breakfast Cups don’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will! These little cups are SO delicious, and serving them in a bowl with milk and fresh berries takes them to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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These aren’t exactly a breakfast option you should choose every day, but rather a breakfast treat. They are super filling too, so for young kids 1 will probably fill them up. These would also make a good after-school snack. No matter when you choose to enjoy them, you’re sure to love them!

Cookie’s N’ Milk Breakfast Cups

Yield: 12 Cookie Breakfast Cups

Serving Size: 1 Cookie Breakfast Cup

Cookie’s N’ Milk Breakfast Cups

Recipe source: halfbakedharvest.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
  • Yogurt or milk, for serving
  • Fresh berries, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with butter, oil or cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together the oats, flax and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the maple syrup (or honey) and peanut butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until the mixture is bubbling; stir to combine. Add the coconut oil, mashed banana and vanilla; stir to combine.
  4. Mix the wet mixture with the dry oats until completely combined and the all the oats are moistened. Cover the mixing bowl and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to chill before adding the chocolate chips.
  5. Remove the dough from the freezer and fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the dough evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Starting in the middle, press down lightly with your fingers to form a bowl. Press from the bottom up to form the dough around the sides of the cups.
  6. Bake the cups for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden around the top. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes, then run a butter knife around the edges and carefully scoop the cups out.
  7. Allow the cups to cool or eat warm. Serve the cups in a bowl and pour in some milk or serve over yogurt. Garnish with fresh berries.

Notes

The below calculations are only for the Cookie Cups. Milk and fresh berries are not included in the calculations.

http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/10/27/cookies-n-milk-breakfast-cups/

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cookie Breakfast Cup
Servings Per Container 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 93.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.4g 16%
Saturated Fat 6.5g 33%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6.8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 27.7g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 8.4g
Protein 3.8g 8%

*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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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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