We’re two months into the school year and I’ve discovered the secret to getting tweens to eat their lunch — pack as few items as possible! Really pack their nutrition into their foods (or teach them to make their own lunches!) This post for any kid eating lunch or Type 1 Diabetics, like my 12 year old. He’s in sixth grade and besides running to the nurse to take his insulin, he has almost no time to eat when he gets back upstairs. At this point, he’s taking injections, but we are moving to an insulin pump soon. I can’t pack a big lunch, but I have to pack a main, a snack or two, and a milk. Counting carbs for him is actually pretty easy – I try to shoot for 66 carbs per meal. Yogurts and containers of milk are pretty easy for him to enjoy quickly (and a great way to get protein with carbs in) so I try to include at least one of those every day. As much as I would love to tell you to get some veggies in your lunches, if it’s not in his sandwich or wrap, he’s not going to eat it. But I always include vegetables at home and he takes vitamins. With my son’s recent Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis, I have enough to worry about, I can’t stress about his lunches having every single food group! So I include carbs, fats, and protein (and make one of his choices a fruit every day). Fruits have carbs, so an apple, clementine, or berries is a good choice — bananas are very high in carbs, so I tend not to include them. I will give him 1/2 a banana sometimes, but usually only at home. Easy Lunch Ideas for Tweens (with Carb Counts for Type 1 Diabetic Kids)
Here are some of our recent lunches.
Uncured salami, Sabra Hummus mini container (9 carbs), romaine lettuce (1), Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran Lavash (17 carbs for a huge piece), Chobani Tube (6 carbs), Clementine (9 carbs), milk (13). The total is 64 carbs.
Maia Pomegranate Yogurt (12 carbs), roasted turkey, Sabra Hummus mini container (9 carbs), clementines (9 carbs), wheat bread (20 carbs), Choc Zero square (4 carbs) and Fairlife Super Kids Chocolate Milk (13 carbs). The total is 67 Carbs.
Uncured Salami, Sabra Hummus mini container (9 carbs), wheat bread (28 carbs – different bread than used in last lunch), Goldfish crackers (20 carbs for 51), and Motts Unsweetened Applesauce (10 carbs). The total is 67 Carbs.
Roasted turkey, guacamole (5 carb container), whole grain white bread (20 carbs), oreo minis (20 carbs), 1/2 cup blueberries (11 carbs), milk (13 carbs). The total is 69 carbs.
Turkey, uncured salami, romaine lettus, with hummus container (9 carbs) on 1/2 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran Lavash (9 carbs), 1/2 cup blueberries (11 carbs), 2 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies (17 carbs), milk (13 carbs). The total is 61 carbs.
Siggi’s Yogurt (12 carbs), Sugar -Free Jello (0 carbs), Fairlife Super Kids Chocolate Milk (13 carbs), Peanut Butter and Jelly (44 carbs). The Total is 69 carbs.
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