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Healthy Back-to-school Lunch

Healthy Back-to-school Lunch

Back to school lunch ideas can be overwhelming. This healthy lunch proves to be quick, fun, and tasty. Your child (and you) will love it! You can modify portion sizes based on your child's age and appetite. For example, an older child may need two mini-sandwiches. 2 ounces no salt added deli-style turkey breast cup blueberries and strawberries, sliced Spread mustard on the roll. Top it with turkey, cheese, and lettuce to make a sandwich. Spread teaspoon hummus on 1 cucumber slice. Top it with teaspoon sunflower seeds and top again with another cucumber slice to make a sandwich. Repeat the process. Assemble all meal components in a divided lunch container. Photo: Back-to-School Lunch for Kids. PNC Photography, Photographer: Peter Papoulakos. Find 15 great tips that you can use this fall to keep healthy eating on the menu. Come home to a hot meal without actually having to do any cooking. Calculate the number of calories you should eat each day to maintain your present body weight: Please select an option before you continue. I don't do any physical activity other than what I need to do for my usual activities, such as going to work or school, grocery shopping, or doing chores around the house. I do some moderate exercise every day in addition to doing my usual activities. For example, I walk about 1.5 to 3 miles a day at about 3 to 4 miles an hour. Or I do something else that's moderately active. I am very active every day in addition to doing my usual activities. For example, I walk more than 3 miles a day at about 3 to 4 miles an hour. Or I do something else that's very active. This number estimates how many calories you should eat per day to keep your body weight where it is now. If you want to lose weight, you may need fewer calories. You should talk with your healt Continue reading >>

What To Feed Primary School Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

What To Feed Primary School Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

Primary school is an exciting time for children as they enter a new school, make new friends and begin to partake in social events such as parties, sleepovers and school camps. During this time children become increasingly independent and aware of the social and practical aspects of their diabetes management. While parents are still actively involved in diabetes care, children of this age are usually starting to learn how to take blood glucose readings, give some of their own injections and take responsibility for their food choices. It is usually during this period when children start to recognise that their day ¬to ¬day routine of diabetes care, which they must also carry out at school, makes them “different” from the other children. Playground peer pressure can have a large impact on a child’s eating patterns and children of this age will commonly swap lunches, buy food from the canteen and feel the urge to fit in via eating the same food as everyone else. Social pressure can also impact on a child’s confidence and mood, which can make them less likely to adhere to the diabetes care plan. Changes in blood glucose levels may further impact on a child’s mood making them more irritable, tired and/or restless. As a parent it can be challenging to balance your child’s desires for normality with the restrictions and treatment requirements imposed by diabetes. As children of this age often lack an in ¬depth of understanding of the impact of diabetes on their future wellbeing, the priorities of the child and the parent are usually not consistent. Parents often feel frustrated in regards to their inability to achieve glycaemic control and feel concerned about the possibility of long¬ term complications and hypoglycemia at school. On the other hand children ten Continue reading >>

Lunch Ideas For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Lunch Ideas For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a progressive disease with many potential complications. These include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and loss of toes, feet, or legs. Roughly 1 in every 11 people in the United States currently has diabetes, but although the condition may be familiar, it is hardly harmless. It is the country's seventh leading cause of death, and people with diabetes have a 50 percent higher risk of death than those without the condition. Fortunately, even though diabetes is a chronic disease, it can be managed. One way that complications can be prevented is by following dietary guidelines. Classic lunch ingredients that are good for people with diabetes With planning and conscious eating, people with diabetes can safely enjoy a satisfying and varied diet. The following common lunch items can also be part of a healthful lunch for people with diabetes: canned tuna or salmon hard-boiled eggs salads with dressing on the side low-salt soups and chili whole fruit, such as apples and berries cottage cheese plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt peanut or almond butter Lunch ideas People who need to control their blood sugar can still select from a wide variety of options when they are looking for a tasty lunch. The following lunch ideas provide about 3 servings of carbohydrates each, or about 45 grams (g), or less: soup and salad, such as tomato soup with a kale-apple salad whole-wheat wrap (tortilla = 30 g carbs or less), such as turkey with hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives spinach salad with canned tuna, ½ mayonnaise, ½ Greek yogurt, celery, and lemon juice, served over greens and diced apple hard-boiled egg served with five whole-wheat crackers, string cheese, a piece of fruit, and veggie sticks with peanut butter smoothie made with 1 cup frozen Continue reading >>

Can Lunch Packing On A Diabetic Diet Be Fun?

Can Lunch Packing On A Diabetic Diet Be Fun?

Laura Folos, who blogs at My 3 Ring Circus, is a busy young mom who was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Portion control and specific diabetic diet plans aren’t what most would describe as ‘fun’, but when Laura told me what a difference my EasyLunchbox System was making in her life now that her eating had to be regimented and restrictive, I asked if she would share her story. I thought it could be encouraging to those who have medical conditions or allergies that require them to carefully plan and pack meals ahead. So, dear Lunchers, here’s Laura’s story in her own words: All of my life, I’ve battled with healthy eating and what tastes good…as well as how to make it fun to eat. So, when I was diagnosed with what appeared to be type 2 diabetes (I have recently been told I’ve got type 1.5 – originally presents as type 2, but has shades of type 1 in there – so, hence, the 1.5…) three days after my 33rd birthday, I was not only crushed, but I was given a list of everything I’d have to lose in my food library. I was told to drop my carb intake significantly and count every. single. thing. that went into my mouth. I went on the usual purging of all carb-y stuff in my house and tried to cold turkey bagels. Yeah. That went well. You try and tell a girl from NY that she can’t have a bagel. It just doesn’t happen. But then, I resigned myself to being a bit more sensible. I started baggie-ing my lunches. Some carrots in this baggie, some popcorn in that one, some protein in this one, and usually a drink to go with it. It became annoying, and I think I made more visits to the dollar store to stock up on baggies than I care to admit. Since this got so everloving annoying, I quickly tired of the entire regime, and stopped. It wasn’t a cold turkey Continue reading >>

How One Mom Packs Lunches For Her Diabetic Son

How One Mom Packs Lunches For Her Diabetic Son

Coming up with a variety of healthy foods for school lunches is challenging enough, but if you have a child who is diabetic, the thought of calculating starches/carbohydrates can be overwhelming. Here, Brooke Wheeler shares three tips that have made lunch packing for her diabetic son a bit easier. My now 5½-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at 21 months of age. Since his diagnosis, we have encountered many obstacles along the way as we navigate through life with diabetes. One of the biggest hurdles to-date, for me, came in the months before we were preparing to send him to kindergarten. Because I am a stay-at-home mom, this was the first time his diabetes management would be entrusted to someone else (the school nurse). I was particularly concerned with how lunchtime would be for him. Now we are halfway through the school year, and I am so happy to say that my worry was for nothing. I’m not saying every day has been perfect, but we have found a pretty good system that is working for us and that is giving our son a “normal” school experience. Lunch packing for a diabetic isn’t as different from lunch packing for someone without diabetes as you might think. As is the case for any other kid, the most important thing is to have a balanced diet. The difference is that with a diabetic, you must be aware of the carbohydrate content because that determines the insulin dosage for each meal. Fortunately, our son is on an insulin pump, so once you enter the amount of carbohydrates he’ll be eating, it makes all of the calculations for you. I try to keep my son’s lunches in the 40- to 50-gram carbohydrate range. I have found that this amount helps keep his blood sugar stabilized, while still being able to provide him with a food portion that kee Continue reading >>

Back-to-school Lunchbox Ideas For Diabetics

Back-to-school Lunchbox Ideas For Diabetics

Back-to-School Lunchbox Ideas for Diabetics Packing school lunches for kids with diabetes can be challenging, but it doesnt have to be. All you have to do is focus on fun; healthy foods that will help them manage blood glucose levels and keep them energized throughout the day. There are numerous school lunch ideas that are suitable for kids and even adults. Set yourself up for success and pack a Transcend glucose gel as well. With 15g of fast-acting glucose, our gel is always the best choice for treating lows withoutovertreating. Its better to make your own lunches, vs. purchasing the traditional box lunches and most importantly, make them fun for kids to eat. Plus, you have control over the quality of the ingredients and the contents. School lunches are often loaded with We've created a brief list of healthy school lunch ideas for kids with diabetes and adults too! Use these ideas to build lunches or create your own ideas. Baby carrots, snap peas or cherry tomatoes Hummus with pieces of whole wheat pita bread Salad with pieces of grilled or baked chicken Turkey dogs and low-fat cheese cut into small pieces Vegetable sticks with your child's favorite low-fat dipping sauce To get your child more involved with making his or her own lunch, ask your child to help. Most kids love to assemble and prep food. Give them some choices from each food group and let them mix and match what they want for lunch. If the lunch contains something your child has chosen and packed, he or she will be more likely to eat it. Make packing lunch a fun activity by using cookie cutters on cold cuts and pieces of fruit! One of the main reasons to pack your lunch is that it makes it easier to avoid unhealthychoices. School lunches often rely on things that are too sugary for Diabetics. There will s Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes - Bag Lunch Tips For School - Typefree Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes - Bag Lunch Tips For School - Typefree Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is generally detected in childhood, which means that after a child is diagnosed with the disease, his or her diet will have to be modified. Sometimes, being different than other children by having to eat different foods is the hardest part of Type 1 diabetes for children. Lunch time can be especially difficult for Type 1 diabetic children. That's why we have prepared some special tips to help parents of Type 1 diabetics plan special foods for their children that they won't want to trade during lunchtime. You can either pack ready-made sugar-free pudding Jell-O cups or make a larger container of sugar-free pudding and pack a quarter cup of it into a reusable plastic container. Sugar-free pudding will not only be a tasty dessert for your little one, but it will also help your child feel like a kid when the other kids have dessert. String cheese provides an excellent source of calcium without a lot of calories or sugar. String cheese comes in a variety of types, including cheddar and mozzarella. Plus, not only is it fun to eat, but it's a treat that other kids will probably have in their lunches too! Pomegranate seeds are a sweet snack and can serve as a replacement for those popular high-sugar gummy fruit snacks that many children pack in their school lunches. In order to easily separate the seeds of the pomegranate from the skin, soak a cut pomegranate in water while peeling away at the seeds. Send your child to school with a special treat of apple slices and sugar-free caramel dip. This lunch-box surprise will not only leave your child feeling like he or she is getting a special snack, but your child will also have a treat that other children will want to try. (As you can imagine, lunch-box envy is sometimes hard to get with a Diabetic lunch box!) Keep Continue reading >>

Tasty Brown-bag Lunches For Kids With Diabetes

Tasty Brown-bag Lunches For Kids With Diabetes

Tasty Brown-Bag Lunches For Kids With Diabetes Some suggestions for healthy, tasty, and carb-counted lunches! Our school lunch blog generated some thoughtful comments and questions, one of which we are addressing today. If your child has diabetes and attends public school what can you give him or her for lunch thats nutritious, carb smart and wont end up in the garbage or traded for something more tempting? Depending on the effort you want to put in and the time you have to make lunches, there is actually a wide variety of choices you can offer your hungry child. And with todays cold packs there is very little you cant transport to school safely. Heres a school-weeks worth of suggestions (plus two bonus menus). Peanut butter and diet jelly on whole wheat bread (for those institutions that allow peanut butter) Chicken salad made with celery, almonds and red grapes in half a whole wheat pita Vegetable Beef kabobs chunks of sirloin beef interspersed with onions, grape tomatoes and green peppers in a lavash wrap Celery sticks and julienne red and orange peppers Turkey Breast or Roast Beef on rye with mustard Small side salad of lettuce, tomato, carrots and peppers Flavored hummus with whole grain crackers and baby carrots Left over cold vegetable pizza on whole wheat crust Most students with type 1 diabetes have to go to the nurses office to have their insulin given. It is helpful for the nurse to know the carb count of lunch if the child is using an insulin-to-carb ratio. The lunches above are easy to count and the carb count can be increased or decreased by adjusting the portion of milk or desserts. (And remember to check the carb count of the foods you use to make each meal. The counts in this blog are estimations based on typical carbs in each food.) And suppose you do Continue reading >>

10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Snacks

10 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Snacks

Any of you with kids know that the amount of requests kids make for a snack in a day is astronomical. Having both of my kids at home all summer long, many days it seems like my day consists of: make breakfast, clean up the kitchen, give the kids a snack, make lunch, clean up the kitchen, make a snack, make dinner, clean up the kitchen, fall into bed. Ok, I am exaggerating, but you get the point. Kids eat…A LOT! I always try to provide my kids with healthy snack options. I also like to keep snacks lower carb, so that my son’s blood sugar doesn’t peak too much in between meals, and so that it has time to stabilize before beginning another meal. I thought I would share a few ideas of what snack time looks like at our house, by giving you 10 sample snacks. In most, there is more than one snack idea. Exact carbohydrate calculations will vary, but I will give you the rough estimates of the food pictured. Freeze-Dried Fruit & Popcorn: My kids love freeze-dried fruit, and I love it because it is great to have on hand once our favorite seasonal fruits are no longer in season. I buy the single-serving bags and it makes for a great snack and/or addition to meals. Popcorn is a snack-time favorite at our household as well because it is so low carb. For 1 bag of freeze-dried fruit (containing blueberries, raspberries & strawberries), there are 10 g of carbs and 3 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 7 g. 1 cup of popcorn contains approximately 3 g of carbs and .5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 2.5 g. Frutas secas y palomitas de maíz 1 bolsa de frutas secas congeladas (con arándanos, frambuesas y fresas), contiene 10 g de carbohidratos y 3 g de fibra. Total de carbohidratos: 7 g. 1 Taza de palomitas de maíz contiene aproximadamente 3 g de carbohidratos y 5 g de fibra. Total de ca Continue reading >>

7 Easy Lunches For Type 2 Diabetes

7 Easy Lunches For Type 2 Diabetes

If breakfast is the most neglected meal of the day, lunch can often be the most hurried. A recent survey found that 62 percent of Americans rush through lunch at their desks, and even when we manage to leave the office, fast-food restaurants and food courts often prevail over more healthy options. But they don't have to be your only option — and, in fact, they shouldn't be your first choice if you have type 2 diabetes. In general, try to pack your own lunch whenever possible — the health benefits, not to mention the cost-savings, can be enormous. Short on prep time? Put these quick and nutritious lunch ideas on your menu to fill you up and keep your blood sugar in check. 1. Salads Salad should be in regular rotation for lunch. You can create a different salad every day of the week by varying your toppings. Try grilled chicken, shrimp, or fish, but avoid heaping on a lot of fattening ingredients, such as bacon bits and heavy cheeses. Salads with lots of raw vegetables are best, including carrots, cucumbers, radishes, celery, and spinach. Sprinkle nuts or seeds on top, add a few dried cranberries, and garnish with some avocado chunks to give it zip. Choose a salad dressing made with vinegar and olive oil to avoid added sugars found in fat-free and low-fat versions, and limit the serving to one tablespoon for a side salad and two tablespoons for an entrée-sized salad. 2. Sandwiches As with salads, there are many ways to spice up a sandwich. Start with whole-grain bread or a whole-wheat tortilla. Pick a lean meat, such as turkey, ham, or grilled chicken; layer on your choice of veggies; add mustard, low-fat mayonnaise, or hummus to the mix — and you have a filling and tasty lunch. Stay away from greasy chips, French fries, and other fattening sides. Instead choose fr Continue reading >>

Healthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas | Diabetic Connect

Healthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas | Diabetic Connect

Jewels Doskicz is a registered nurse, freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. Jewels is the moderator of Diabetic Connects weekly #DCDE Twitter chat, and she and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes. Looking for a new twist to your old-school lunchbox? Look no further then a bento box, which will garner you envious stares at the lunch table. Bento boxes can be a welcome addition to your lunch repertoire. With diabetes, it's even more important to spend some quality time packing a healthful lunch, especially if you are prone to falling into a fast food rut. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the world of bento boxes. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out this page of Flickr pictures (keep scrolling) to generate some visual interest. Bento boxes are reminiscent of kids' plates with their segmented design; however, they aren't just for the under-10 crowd. They serve as a good forget-me-not for all of the food groups, even if that means saving enough space for carrot sticks and grapes. This smart and easy way to store and serve food comes from Japan. It helps control portion sizes, which is especially important when living with diabetes. -If you are big on salads for lunch, this bento box from West Elm is great. -Single and double-decker bento boxes can be found at Fab . -Stainless steel bento boxes are my personal favorite, and LunchBots has a great variety. -The fine folks at Wendolonia did the footwork for us; look at their great comparison chart of the most popular bento boxes on the market. Greatist.com has a wonderful resource to get you started. Check out this article filled with both recipes and their corresponding photos: "34 Healthy and Eye-Catching Bento Box Lunch Ideas." The Continue reading >>

Packed Lunches | Diabetes Uk

Packed Lunches | Diabetes Uk

Need new, creative packed lunch ideas? Want to ensure that snacking isnt affecting your child's diabetes management? If your child doesn't have school dinners, chances are that you're making packed lunches. Often a last-minute rush where it's easiest to use whatever's closest to hand, packed lunches can often be standard fare. To make life easier for you, and to help control your child's blood sugar, we've stepped in with some alternative balanced lunch ideas. We've created a selection of five different lunchboxes, full of healthy snacks for your child. Each offers a balanced range of food and drink to ensure that they get all the goodness they need for a busy day at school. Feel free to mix and match items across the boxes, or follow the Monday-Friday schedule, tailoring the snacks to your child's own favourites and preferences. Please note that portion sizes may need to be adjusted depending on your child's age, build and energy requirements. We're also aware that children have wide-ranging tastes and preferences surrounding food so these lunch options are intended purely as a guideline. Cheese wholemeal bread sandwich / Egg mayo wholemeal bread sandwich Small no-added sugar fruit smoothie (150ml) Tip: Your child will love helping to make this delicious healthy popcorn recipe . Breadsticks with low-fat cream cheese dip Tip: Also, check out our chicken caesar salad or simply swap the salad ingredients for whatever your child prefers. Tip: Our tortillas are filled with goodness and can easily be adapted into a vegetarian snack. Tip: Our homemade vegetable crisps are low in salt and fat. Make light work of lunchtimes - for yourself, too: Take time to prepare snacks and lunches before you leave the house in the morning - the likelihood that you reach for unhealthy snacks Continue reading >>

Lunch Box Ideas For Diabetic Kids

Lunch Box Ideas For Diabetic Kids

During childhood, it can be difficult to have a disease like diabetes which makes you feel left out or different than everyone else. However, this does not have to be the case when it comes to lunch time! From the beginning, you can help your child make the right decisions regarding his or her diabetes management by showing him or her that it can be fun. By choosing some healthy, yet still delicious, lunch options for your kid, you can make sure that he or she enjoys the meal while managing blood glucose levels. The Basics Protein To start off the lunch, it is important that you pack some protein to help energize your child without raising his or her blood sugar levels. Some great sources of protein include chicken and turkey slices, tuna, low-fat cheese, beans, and almonds. Having 1/4 cup of protein in your kid's lunch is ideal. Whole Grains A wonderful source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, whole wheat products are a great addition to your child's lunchbox. The fiber will help to keep your child feeling satiated for the rest of the school day without spiking his or her blood sugar levels. You can do this by using whole wheat bread for the sandwiches and whole-wheat pitas and tortillas for any salad wraps. Whole wheat pasta and brown rice are other possible options. Fruits and Veggies Fruits and veggies are important for any meal, but especially for a diabetic. Green vegetables are ideal, such as celery, spinach, broccoli, or asparagus. Fruits can also be added to the lunch, but because of the high levels of sugar in most fruits, they should be eaten in moderation. Beverage With all of the sugary drinks marketed to children, it can seem difficult to prevent your kids from buying them. However, by providing healthier alternatives, your kids can get the delicious taste Continue reading >>

School Lunch Ideas For Kids With Diabetes

School Lunch Ideas For Kids With Diabetes

Packing school lunches for kids with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is easy. All you have to do is focus on fun, healthy foods that will help them manage blood glucose levels and keep them energized throughout the day. There are numerous school lunch ideas that are suitable for a diabetic meal plan. Many popular already prepared lunch kits are incredibly easy (because they take the prep work out), but they're loaded with fat and salt. Plus, when you buy these, you don't have control over the quality of the ingredients. That's why it's better to make your own lunches, and most importantly, make them fun for kids to eat. We've created a brief list of healthy school lunch ideas for kids with diabetes. Use these ideas to build lunches or create your own ideas. A fresh pear Baby carrots Cold rice, pasta, or couscous Crackers Cubes of fresh fruit Cubes of lean ham or turkey breast with packets of mustard or ketchup for dipping Cup of yogurt Graham crackers spread with peanut butter Hard-cooked egg Hot foods, such as soup and chili Hummus with pieces of pita bread Low-sugar jelly spread on whole grain bread Salad with pieces of grilled or baked chicken Seedless grapes String cheese or cubes of low-fat cheese Thin slices of lean deli roast beef wrapped around breadsticks Turkey dogs cut into small pieces and ketchup for dipping Vegetable sticks with your child's favorite low-fat dip To get your child more involved with making his or her own lunch, ask your child to help. Most kids love to assemble and prep food. Give them some choices from each food group and let them mix and match what they want for lunch. If the lunch contains something your child has chosen and packed, he or she will be more likely to eat it. Getting kids with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes involved Continue reading >>

Healthy School Lunches For People With Type 1 Diabetes

Healthy School Lunches For People With Type 1 Diabetes

Healthy school lunches for people with type 1 diabetes > Healthy school lunches for people with type 1 diabetes Packing school lunches and keeping kids excited about lunch seems to be a daunting task these days. Gone are the days where all you get is a good old peanut butter and jam sandwich. Over the last decade more research has surfaced on the importance of healthy eating and ensuring you get all the correct nutrients to fuel your body. Relying on the local corner store, petrol station, vending machine or fast food joint isnt smart as these options are often higher in calories, unhealthy fats and sodium. Packing lunch is a great way to ensure that you or your loved ones are getting a nutritious meal to keep you going throughout the day. This practice is not only cost-effective in this time of escalating food prices but also ensures you that can have 100 % control of what foods you are choosing as well as portions. Make a sandwich: For many South Africans a packed lunch often consists of a sandwich as its quick, easy and requires no refrigeration. When packing a sandwich, use these tips to ensure you are getting the most from your sandwich. Replace high GI, refined, white bread for low GI, whole wheat, brown, rye or seed bread. These options are higher in fibre, vitamins and minerals and keep you fuller for longer. For those who dont like bread, try a whole wheat wrap, pita bread or whole grain crackers. Where possible choose a protein filling for your sandwich, as it takes longer to digest and will keep you fuller for longer. Choose leaner, less processed meats such as eggs, tuna, grilled or smoked chicken, reduced fat cold meats and reduced or low fat cheeses. Add vegetables to your sandwich such as lettuce, baby spinach, tomato, cucumber, gherkins, carrots or pepp Continue reading >>

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