Packing a School Lunch When Your Child Lives with Diabetes
 

The details of packing a lunch for your child may not always be something you give much thought about, especially if you’re a busy parent. Yet, what you pack in your child’s lunch is going to affect their day.
 

For a child who is living with diabetes, it is even more important to pack a supplemental lunch. What your child eats will change their mood and blood glucose. A change in their blood glucose can set a tone for the rest of their day.
 

You may have heard your child tell you that their favorite subject in school is lunch. Though funny, lunch is a crucial time for your child to get the nourishment and energy that they need. For a child living with diabetes, having a a planned meal can help keep them focused and healthy.
 

Sometimes snacks throughout the day are necessary to keep your child’s blood glucose levels from slipping. But, making sure your child gets their snacks can be difficult, as they may need a snack during class. If you believe your child may need snacks for their diabetes, inform school the school nurse. Typically, a plan can be set into place to allow more time for your child to get the nutrients that they need.
 

Lunch Tips
 

Kids need to eat a variety of foods that will give them the energy to help them grow healthy during their childhood. For instance, it helps if foods contain a mix of nuts, fruits, veggies, fiber, proteins, whole grains. It doesn’t stop there, it’s also beneficial for their drinks to include natural fruit, milk, or water.
 

Depending on your child’s age, body weight, and height, you may need to adjust proportions, as this factors into a large part of nutrition. If there’s any confusion on their proportion sizes, ask your child’s doctor.
 

It’s very important to have a balanced meal, but keep serving size healthy. Another factor to consider is that we an often mistake hunger with thirst. Have your child carry around a BPA-free reusable water bottle to help hydrated.
 

The following are a few quick lunch recipes you can prepare throughout the week. These recipes are just as nutritious and tasty for the whole family and will keep your child healthy:
 

    Monday
     

    Salmon Salad
     

    Prep time: 10 mins.
     

    Ingredients:
     

    ● 8 ounces canned salmon (packed in water, not oil), drained
     

    ● 1 small carrot, peeled and diced
     

    ● 1 tablespoon cucumber, diced
     

    ● 1 scallion, ends removed, finely chopped
     

    ● 1 tablespoon fat-free plain Greek yogurt or low-fat/fat-free mayonnaise
     

    ● ½ teaspoon black pepper
     

    ● Juice of ½ lemon
     

    Equipment and supplies:
     

    ● Knife and cutting board
     

    ● Medium mixing bowl
     

    How to Prepare:
     

    ● Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
     

    ● Stir well to combine. Serve and enjoy!
     

    Recipe via Kids Health
     

    Tuesday
     

    Lunchbox Kabobs
     

    Prep time: 15 mins.
     

    Ingredients:
     

    ● 12 inch chunks of cheddar cheese
     

    ● 12 slices deli ham
     

    ● 8 cherry tomatoes
     

    How to Prepare:
     

    ● Place one cherry tomato on a wooden skewer and slide it near one end.
     

    ● Add 3 pieces of ham and 3 pieces of cheese, alternating as you go.
     

    ● Top off the skewer with a cherry tomato.
     

    Recipe via It’s A Keeper!
     

    Wednesday
     

    Cesar Pockets
     

    Prep time: 10 mins.
     

    Ingredients:
     

    ● 4 cups tightly packed torn romaine lettuce
     

    ● 6 oz. OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Smoked Turkey Breast, cut into strips
     

    ● 1/4 cup drained roasted red pepper strips
     

    ● 3 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
     

    ● 1/4 cup KRAFT Classic Caesar Dressing
     

    ● 4 pita breads, warmed, cut in half
     

    How to Prepare:
     

    ● Combine all ingredients except pitas.
     

    ● Spoon into pita pockets.
     

    Recipe via Kraft Recipes
     

    Thursday
     

    Touchdown Tortilla Wraps
     

    Prep time: 15-20 mins.
     

    Ingredients:
     

    ● (3) 7 or 8-inch flour tortillas
     

    ● ½ 8 ounce tub light cream cheese with chive and onion or roasted garlic
     

    ● (18) 24 fresh basil leaves
     

    ● ½ 7 ounce jar roasted red sweet peppers, well drained and cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
     

    ● 4 ounces thinly sliced cooked roast beef, ham, and/or turkey
     

    ● 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise dressing or light salad dressing
     

    How to Prepare:
     

    ● Spread each tortilla with one-third of the cream cheese. Cover cream cheese with a layer of basil leaves, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange roasted red peppers on basil leaves. Top with sliced meat. Divide mayonnaise among tortillas, spreading over meat.
     

    ● Roll up each tortilla tightly into a spiral. Cut each tortilla roll in half crosswise. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill for up to 4 hours. Tote in an insulated cooler with ice packs. Makes 6 servings.
     

    Recipe via Diabetic Living
     

    Friday
     

    Cauliflower Pizza
     

    Prep time: 20 mins.
     

    Ingredients:
     

    ● 1 cauliflower head
     

    ● 1 egg
     

    ● 1 tsp salt
     

    ● 1 tsp oregano
     

    ● 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
     

    ● 1/2 cup marinara sauce [we use Mezzetta]
     

    ● 1 cup mozzarella cheese
     

    ● 12 pepperoni slices
     

    How to Prepare:
     

    ● Preheat the oven to 375F
     

    ● Cut the cauliflower head into smaller pieces. Blend the pieces into a fine “snow”. It should make about 3.5 to 4 cups of snow.
     

    ● Put the cauliflower snow into a microwave safe bowl and cover. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Let it cool down.
     

    ● Dump the cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea-towel or cheesecloth and squeeze all the liquid out. This is a very important step. You need to squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
     

    ● Put the cauliflower back into a bowl. Add the egg, parmesan, salt, oregano and mix until it becomes a little ball of “dough”.
     

    ● Press the “dough” out into a thin circle on a prepared baking sheet (on top of wax/parchment paper).
     

    ● Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
     

    ● Remove, add toppings and slide under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until everything is melted and bubbly.
     

    Recipe via Living Chirpy!

 

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