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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.