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Snacks on the road

While traveling the one thing that gets me every time is the rate at which the kids consume snacks.  The kids get super hungry while sitting still for 5 hours.  So I have devised some gluten, dairy, soy-free, and low carb snack ideas.  The key to travel snacks is to make them complex so it takes the kids a longer time to eat them. 


Pop corn is super easy to make, and you can put any topping you want on it.  Package it up into ZipLock bags.  The bags can be used for trash later, you always need a bag on a long car ride.



Trail mix, you can go CRAZY with the numerous ideas you can fill a bag with here.

 This is my weight and carb chart for my mix.

Here are some more ideas to mix into your trail mix.  Carbohydrate counts are on the left.
 All measurements for carb counting are in 1/4 cup for the following ingredients.

Carb-Free Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes living with Type 1 Diabetes is hard.  Like when your bloodsugar is high and it's lunch time.  We have come up with the low-carb lunch.  There is some prep to do but the end result is worth it.  This can be packed in a lunch-pail or spread out on a beautiful tray.  The more attractive you make it look the more kids/adults will want to eat it.  We like to eat beautiful things don't we. 
 First wash and dry your lettuce leaves and set them aside.  Prepare your other ingredients, chopping and slicing.  I have compiled a list of kid-tested ingredients that are low to no-carb. 

*lunch meat
*cheese slices
*peanut /nut butters
*egg salad
*bell peppers
*shredded carrots

You are not limited to this list, there are so many healthy options. You can add mayo, mustard, and other sauces too but be sure to keep track of the carb count as it can add up fast.  Let me know if you have any more good ideas for fillings.

What to Fill Your Hardboiled EGGS With

 You can fill your hard-boiled eggs with so many different options.

This is a great snack option when your bloodsugar is too high and you're hungry and want to eat RIGHT NOW!!!  These egg concoctions are going to be mostly carb-free.  If you eat more than five filled eggs you will have to start adding up some of the bits of carbs you're accumulating. 
My daughter Mackenzie has a flock of 20 chickens she helps to manage.  
They have the most beautiful eggs.  

GRAIN - FREE Apple Crisp

This is a great breakfast idea or after dinner dessert.  It is super simple to make although there are a few steps to get you to the end result.


2 cups chopped almonds
1/2 cups flaked coconut
2T dried chopped cranberries
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder(or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
2T butter or Earth Balance soy-free spread

5-7 Granny Smith apples (or other tart apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar

I find that a slightly cooked apple makes a better apple crisp.  So peel and core then chop up your apples.  Dump the prepared apples into a large pot with a small bit of water, which will cook off, and your sugar.
Dump your cooked apple mixture into a greased pan.  I am using a Pampered Chef stoneware pan so cooking times may vary.  A 9x13 glass pan or even a pie dish would work too. 
Pour your granola mixture over the top of the apples.  Pop the pan into the 350* oven and bake for about 20 min or until the top is golden brown.  Remember the apples are already cooked so you only have to get the top baked well.

As you can see from the above picture the top is nicely browned. Carb count for this is depending on how many apples you used.  For the 7 apples and brown sugar in this recipe you are going to have about 180g  carbs.  For the almond crisp layer you will have about 100g  carbs.  A total of 280g carbs for this recipe divided by how many servings you make.  I can serve eight people well and that makes each serving about 35g carbs each. 


Almond - Cookie FIG NEWTONS



3 1/2 cups almond flour
1tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp guar gum
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1/2 cup honey

FIG LAYER----------------

about 10 large figs
about 6 dates

 First divide the dough in half.  Grease the pan and press the almond dough into the bottom. Set that aside.
 I use a food processor to combine the dates and figs.  This mixture should be the consistency of playdough. I am using some organic figs that COSTCO is selling right now.
 In order to make the middle fig layer fairly even you have to drop small amounts evenly around the pan. Work your way around the pan pressing the fig mixture over the bottom cookie layer.
 Next divide the remaining cookie dough into small cookie logs.  Flatten the dough logs into rectangles that are roughly the size of your pan width. 
 Layer the dough over the fig layer of your bars.  Press the sides together. 
 Bake your Newtons until golden brown. 
 You can cut your Newtons into any shape.  I try and cut them small because they are so rich and everyone eats them so fast. 
These Newtons cut into 40 pieces range about 10g carbs per piece.  There is a total of about 400g carbs in this recipe.  I believe that you could try and fill these cookies with any dried fruit mixture.  Let me know what you try and how it turns out!



The heat is growing the bell peppers and tomatoes well. The zucchini and squash wilt during the day but seem to recuperate during the evening.  I am trying to grow flowers randomly around the garden to encourage the bees to visit and it just looks pretty. 
Bell Pepper
Butternut Squash
I am going to plant my fall pumpkins where I just took out the garlic and onions. The onions didn't do to well.  Maybe I planted them too soon, maybe they didn't get enough water, I have no idea. Super disjointed with them. 
Lame Onions

I have been keeping the lettuce going all summer by planting new rows each month.  It is worth it to keep up the lettuce for that fresh salad whenever I want it.  I have the lettuce planted in the shade....that helps a lot during the summer.  The lettuce will go to seed early if they feel too much heat.
Lettuce and Greens

The sunflowers are ripe and I have been giving them to the chickens to supplement their feed. 
Awesome Sunflowers

Decorative Sunflower

The corn was an failure.  The chickens were attacking the plants and I must have had some bad seeds because most of them didn't sprout. The Indian corn did pretty well.  It was a specialty and I kinda planted it at the last minute.  I was hoping for more but was excited with what I got.
Indian Corn

I am still harvesting beets that were planted over six months ago. They just keep growing and growing.  I have so many of them I will probably dehydrate and powder them to use in smoothies during the winter.

The cucumbers are growing, our future pickles......