This last year has brought many changes for our family. One major adjustment our family is still working on is diet. This is more of a struggle for me than the rest of my family. Having always struggled with my weight in the opposite direction of most, I’ve always been able to eat anything I wanted, plus regularly drinking breakfast shakes to add calories. Now I know this sounds ridiculous to many, I’ve heard it all. My mother actually always told me growing up to “just wait, when your metabolism slows down you’ll be as big as a house”. Thanks mom. But really this is something I struggled with to an extreme growing up. In fact, as a sophomore in high school I was 5’8” and 86 lbs. So, yeah, that’s awkward. I remember my gym teacher actually calling my dad to say I had an eating disorder and to watch me for at least 30 minutes before and after meals. I was goofy looking. Now, after aging a bit, having a kid, and slowing down, I’m a bit more average. I’ll be 30 next year, and though I’m still thin, I notice that if I eat junky I feel junky. Plus, this last year hubby was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and this means that our son may have a higher risk of diabetes as well.
With these factors in mind I’ve been working on doing better with having healthy snacks readily available. The catch is eating like crap is cheap, eating healthy can be more expensive. So with this in mind I’ve been working on diabetic and kid friendly snacks.
Snack grab bags:
Sunday is my prep day, so I sit down with a box of sandwich bags and make pre-packed snacks. I keep a Tupperware container in the fridge with pre-made baby carrot snack packs. We could probably save more by cutting up carrots, but convenience wins out on this. Popcorn is another great snack that works great for the kiddo, but is also a great sugar free snack for hubby.
Here are a few of my go-to snacks:
Sliced bell peppers (not so much for kiddo)
Dried fruit – bananas, apples, pears, whatever’s on sale
For those looking to meal plan for diabetes, or to make better food choices in general, here are some great tidbits I’ve found in my searching.
These charts were found on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/labelingnutrition/ucm063367.htm#.UvqJetD-ecA.gmail
You can download them here:
I also found a site that lets you enter your recipes and it will give you nutritious facts on what you enter.
If you have any kid friendly diabetic meals I’d love to hear about them.