Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

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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15 Toddler Meals with Carb Counts

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Nearly a year ago, in an attempt to cater to those of you who have very young children with type 1 diabetes, I created a “Toddler Tuesday” series. Although my toddler daughter is not diabetic, each Tuesday, I pick one of her 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. Below is a list of 15 Toddler Meals, all with carb counts, and in one place for you to look at. These are in clockwise order, starting in the top left corner of the image above. Enjoy!

1) Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

2) PB&J “Fries”

3) Deconstructed Hawaiian Sandwich

4) Cranberry, Cinnamon & Goat Cheese Sushi

5) Turkey Rolls with Pretzel Sticks

6) Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese & Crackers

7) Tuna with Salad

8) Deconstructed BLT-A Sandwich

9) Whole Wheat Pita, Hummus & Hard-boiled Egg 

10) French Toast

11) Open-Face Pear & Avocado Sandwich

12) {2-Ingredient} Crockpot Salsa Chicken

13) Italian Pasta Salad

14) Summer Sausage, Crackers & Cheese

15) Spinach Orzo Salad

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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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Friday Featured Lunch 12.30.16

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 an EasyLunchbox:

Mediterranean Pizzas (flatbread, roasted red pepper hummus, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and mozzarella cheese)= 35 carbs *Recipe from laurafuentes.com
Fresh Fruit (strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries & pomegranate seeds)= 14 carbs
Carrots & Celery with Ranch (not pictured)= 5 carbs

Lunch Total= 54 carbohydrates

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

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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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