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Toddler Tuesday- Salad on a Stick

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:

 Salad on a Stick (Romaine lettuce, cucumber slices, blueberries, and grape tomatoes, threaded onto a popsicle stick, and drizzled with Ranch dressing)= 4 carbs *More ideas on how to build the perfect toddler salad at superhealthykids.com.
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds)= 3 carbs
MySuperSnack Chocolate Chip (Soft) Granola Bites= 4 carbs
Cello Whisps Parmesan Cheese Crisps= 0 carbs
Trader Joe’s Animal Crackers= 4 carbs

Meal Total= 15 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Friday Featured Lunch- Build Your Own Taco Cups

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’s this week’s featured lunch packed in a Fit & Fresh container:

Build Your Own Taco Cups (tortilla scoops, taco meat, black beans, grape tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa & sour cream)= 20 carbs
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, clementine slices & kiwi)= 16 carbs
Lifeway Organic ProBug= 10 carbs

Lunch Total= 46 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Macaroni & Cheese Cups

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:

Macaroni & Cheese Cups (made with Annie’s Homegrown Organic Macaroni & Cheese)=  13 carbs
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash= 6 carbs
Banana Slices= 5 carbs
Veggie Straws= 3 carbs
Peas= 2 carbs

Meal Total= 29 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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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!

Snow Ice Cream- 2

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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Friday Featured Lunch- Butternut Squash Soup

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’s this week’s featured lunch, assembled inside LunchBots containers:

Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup (from www.skinnytaste.com)= 21 carbs
1/2 Turkey & Cheese Sandwich (made with low carb bread)= 11 carbs
Fresh Fruit (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries & raspberries)= 11 carbs
Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade Juice Box= 2 carbs
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps= 8 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube= 7 carbs

Lunch Total= 60 carbohydrates

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

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Toddler Tuesday- Matzo Sammies

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:

Matzo Sammies (2 whole-wheat sheets matzo, filled with homemade Avocado Hummus)= 17 carbs *Recipe from Weelicious Lunches cookbook by Catherine McCord
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries & raspberries)= 4 carbs
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps= 8 carbs
Cottage Cheese= 1 carb
Pickle= 0 carbs

Meal Total= 30 carbohydrates

For more toddler meal ideas, complete with carb counts, visit my Pinterest board: Toddler Tuesdays.

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Bounce Balls

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Although I enjoy making homemade, diabetic-friendly, snacks, meals, and treats whenever possible, there are definitely times when the convenience of grab-and-go items wins out, and that’s why I am constantly on the lookout for new diabetic-friendly products to try.

We recently had the opportunity to try out a Flavor Flight of Bounce Balls– delicious, high-protein, energy balls.

C plays year-round soccer, and is trying out some other sports this year, so he is a very active young boy. These are the perfect pre-practice/pre-game snack to help him power through, and also help keep his blood sugar hanging steady.

Bounce Balls are comprised of simple ingredients, are gluten-free, and non-GMO. They also contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

C’s favorite flavor is Vanilla Almond, with Superberry being a close second. The Vanilla Almond Ball has 9 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber. One ball has 20 carbs. The other flavors have similar nutritional values, but may vary slightly, but you can check out their website to see all of the flavors, along with the nutritional information.

If you to have type 1 kiddos that are involved in sports/activities, this is an excellent snack option for them! Bounce Balls are delicious and nutritious rolled together.

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Friday Featured Lunch- Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Bites

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’s this week’s featured lunch packed in a Yumbox:

Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Bites (spread 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese onto 1 low carb tortilla, layer smoked salmon on top, roll up, and cut into bite-size sections)= 22 carbs *Recipe from Weelicious Lunches cookbook by Catherine McCord
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, & mandarin oranges)= 7 carbs
Chobani Yogurt Tube (not pictured)= 7 carbs
Whole Dill Pickle= 1 carb
Veggie Straws= 6 carbs
Carrots= 1 carb

Lunch Total= 44 carbohydrates

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

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