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7.23.2013

Carb-Free Popsicles ( Diabetic Summer )

Summer presents a variety of problems for the type 1 Diabetic.  One of them being the amount of food consumed and insulin needs when you are running around exercising a lot in the hot sun.  Bloodsugar needs fluctuate so fast depending on how hot it is outside, the activity level, and what type of food is eaten.  I try and make it as simple as possible for my daughter so she can adjust her insulin pump as needed.
Having a carb-free snack is one idea I have come up with to make summer easier.  My daughter can have a popsicle any time she wants, no counting carbs, no delivering insulin, no getting high blood sugar.  When she has her friends over she gets to enjoy carefree snacking. 

I have two other posts with carb-free summer food ideas........
 Carb-free jello
Low-carbohydrate ice cream

 First you are going to need to get some  liquid stevia or a carb free drink mix. I use Stevita drink mixes.  There are only a few ingredients and they are carb-free.  CLICK HERE to check it out.  CLICK HERE to check out the liquid stevia I use.  There are all sorts of flavors to choose from.
Lemons are seriously low in carbs, next to none!  Get some lemons.

Some coconut milk added to your flavoring will bring in some cream flavor.  Consuming more than 4 popsicles might add up to a few carbs and some rise in blood sugar later due to the fat content.  Just be aware. 

I saw this cool idea on Pinterest for making popsicles using a lemon slice to keep the popsicle stick upright and centered while freezing. It totally works. I took this idea and used cut strawberries instead of lemons, that works too.  The kids liked the strawberry popsicles better.
 First gather your supplies.  Small paper cups, wooden popsicle sticks, large fresh strawberries, or lemon slices, and a carb-free drink mix of choice.

 Simply cut the lemon into thin slices and skewer the slice in the middle with your popsicle stick.  Fill your paper Dixi cup with your juice of choice, pop the lemon top on, and freeze. 
 The lemon is kinda big for this little Dixi cup.  This would work better with a bigger cup.
 The kids had lots of fun testing the final product!

 This next idea was by far the best.  Use strawberries on top of your popsicle stick. Yes there is like one carb (if that) per strawberry slice.  That is nothing for my daughter, but be aware if you start consuming multiple popsicles.
 Cut the strawberries thinly across the widest point.  Pour your drink mix into the cup and skewer the strawberry with the popsicle stick.  This keeps the popsicle stick in the middle of the cup while freezing.  GENIUS!
 Check it out, it totally worked.  These are great for birthday parties.
SUPER EASY TO MAKE. 
 My girls loved the strawberry at the bottom, it was a treat.
I mixed up different flavored juices with the fresh strawberries.  Strawberry juice flavor of course matched the best.  Orange and grape flavor weren't too bad either.  The fresh strawberry doesn't clash with any flavor it seems.  Have fun experimenting!

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