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12 How to Pack a Baked Potato for Lunch

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How to pack a baked potato for lunch - MOMables.comAre you fresh out of sandwich ideas for lunch?     Why not send a baked potato?

Baked potatoes are an easy and fun way to shake up the boring lunch routine.

Here’s how to do it!

1. Reheat baked potato in the microwave until warm. (about 45-60 seconds)

After reheated, top with some warm toppings such as cheese and bacon.

2. Place potato in a metal lunch box or large thermos, and wrap with a kitchen towel to help hold in the heat (if packing in a metal container).

3. Pack inside lunch bag with any additional “cold” toppings such as sour cream, tomatoes or chives.

Some other fun toppings to try: broccoli, ranch, chicken, corn or olives.

Packing Baked Potatoes For Lunch - MOMables

Lucky for me, I had a bunch of leftover Crockpot Baked Potatoes from last night, so I simply grabbed one of those from the fridge.

But, if you need to quickly make one in the microwave, HERE are directions on how to.

 

25 Low-Carbohydrate Mini Omelets

Need an easy breakfast recipe that is low carb, kid friendly and easy to make?
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When you are preparing meals for someone with diabetes, it is easy to get caught up in the list of things that need to be avoided or consumed in moderation. Don’t get me wrong, that list is quite lengthy, but the good news is that the list of healthy foods that are also low in carbohydrates and even zero carbohydrates is pretty hefty as well.

When I meal plan complete meals for my type-1 diabetic son, I am always trying to incorporate low and zero carbohydrate options. When the entire meal consists of these foods, I feel as though I have won the lottery.

Take these mini omelets for example; they are made with eggs, milk, veggies, meat of choice, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. All of these ingredients have either low or zero carbohydrates. I cooked mine in a brownie pan, and they became perfect individual portions! Each square has a pretty even amount of eggs, milk, veggies, meat, and cheese; each individual serving is virtually carbohydrate free.

For insulin dosage purposes, I calculate one portion as 2 carbohydrates. I’ve found a brand of bread with as little as 7 grams of carbohydrates, so I add a piece of toast,  making the entire meal roughly 9 carbohydrates. Include some fresh blueberries, strawberries, apple slices, or yogurt, and you still have a very low-carbohydrate meal.

Make these for breakfast, brunch, or pack them for lunch.

Mini Omelets- 2

Low-Carbohydrate Mini Omelets

makes 12 individual portions in muffin tins or brownie squares.

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • Veggies (green pepper, red pepper, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Meat (diced ham, turkey sausage, bacon, etc.)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (for topping)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together milk and eggs.
  2. Pour into the 12 wells, filling half full.
  3. Add toppings of choice.
  4. Top off with more egg mixture if necessary.
  5. Bake at 375° for about 17-20 minutes.
  6. Flip out of pan and top with shredded cheese.

 

22 DIY Frozen Uncrustables

Make the popular freezer isle sandwich at home with your favorite whole-grain bread and nut butter. This is also fantastic when your child attends a nut-free school by making it with a nut-free butter alternative. 

DIY Frozen UncrustablesLet’s make a popular not-so-healthy kid favorite healthy, shall we?

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Uncrustables are always on my kid’s shopping list. I’ve heard ” MOM… can we get these, pleeeeeeaaaase?”  too many times to count.

What if I told you could make a week’s worth of these lunchtime  favorites in no time at all?

The best part is you can use you kiddo’s favorite PB & J or if needed, allergy friendly peanut butter.

Here’s how you do it:

I’ll be showing you how to make these DIY Frozen Uncrustables with a sandwich sealer, or a large glass with a THICK edge. The sandwich sealer I used can be purchased almost anywhere. I have also seen similar sandwich sealers at our local grocery store.

How to make an Uncrustable

How to make DIY Frozen Uncrustables

DIY Uncrustables

1. Start buy placing your favorite peanut butter and jelly filling in the middle of one piece of bread. Make sure to leave some room on the outer edges, where the sandwich will seal.

2. Place the second piece of bread on top, and use sandwich sealer or glass to seal sandwich, by pressing and holding firmly for 30 seconds.

3. Make sure to remove crusts while the sandwich is still in the press or glass.

 

 

 

 

 

Freeze Uncrustables4. Flash freeze sandwiches in the freezer for about 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

Place DIY Uncrustables in bags5. After the 2 hours, you can now place sandwiches in individual sandwich bags or all in one big freezer bag for storage. Homemade Uncrustables can be frozen for up to a month.

When you are ready to use, simply pack in your child’s lunch box frozen, and it will thaw in-time for lunch, or microwave for 15-20 seconds if you need to serve them immediately.

Feel bad about tossing all those crusts? Hang on to those crusts and try out our Frugal French Toast Sticks recipe! Click  HERE for the recipe.

 

5 How One Mom Packs Lunches for Her Diabetic Son

Coming up with a variety of healthy foods for school lunches is challenging enough, but if you have a child who is diabetic, the thought of calculating starches/carbohydrates can be overwhelming. Here, Brooke Wheeler shares three tips that have made lunch packing for her diabetic son a bit easier.

My now 5½-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at 21 months of age. Since his diagnosis, we have encountered many obstacles along the way as we navigate through life with diabetes.

One of the biggest hurdles to-date, for me, came in the months before we were preparing to send him to kindergarten. Because I am a stay-at-home mom, this was the first time his diabetes management would be entrusted to someone else (the school nurse). I was particularly concerned with how lunchtime would be for him.

Now we are halfway through the school year, and I am so happy to say that my worry was for nothing. I’m not saying every day has been perfect, but we have found a pretty good system that is working for us and that is giving our son a “normal” school experience.

Lunch packing for a diabetic isn’t as different from lunch packing for someone without diabetes as you might think. As is the case for any other kid, the most important thing is to have a balanced diet. The difference is that with a diabetic, you must be aware of the carbohydrate content because that determines the insulin dosage for each meal. Fortunately, our son is on an insulin pump, so once you enter the amount of carbohydrates he’ll be eating, it makes all of the calculations for you.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

I try to keep my son’s lunches in the 40- to 50-gram carbohydrate range. I have found that this amount helps keep his blood sugar stabilized, while still being able to provide him with a food portion that keeps him full throughout the afternoon. In order to stay around this number, I incorporate a lot of low-carbohydrate foods. For instance, I have found a brand of yogurt with only 4 grams of carbohydrates per container, and a brand of bread that has half the amount of carbohydrates as a typical loaf. You may have to do some hunting, but the lower-carbohydrate options are out there. You might also be surprised at how many 0-carbohydrate items there are, for example, most meats, cheeses, and veggies.

Something that has really helped me in my lunch-packing ventures is a system I came up with on my own. Every day, I send a note card in my son’s lunch box that details the food I have packed for him that day, along with a carbohydrate count for each item, and the lunch grand total. This way, if there is something he doesn’t eat, it’s easy to deduct that amount from the total. Also, I keep these note cards and re-use them, to save me time on calculating and also to give me inspiration for what to pack when I am meal planning.

Pre-packaged food makes calculating carbohydrates easier, of course, because the carbohydrate count is right there on the back of the package, already calculated for you. However, I want to stress that you need not feel like these foods are your only options. Calculating carbohydrates in fresh fruits, vegetables, and homemade meals doesn’t need to be intimidating. There are many resources out there that can help you calculate carbohydrates in food. Also, I am positive that you will find a good food scale to be invaluable, just as I have.

Believe me, I know first-hand that learning the ropes of meal planning for diabetics is a learning curve and can seem very overwhelming. However, with a little time and practice, you’ll be a carbohydrate queen/king before you know it!

Brooke WheelerBrooke Wheeler is married with two young children. She took on the role of household lunch packer this fall when her oldest son started kindergarten. Because her son is a type-1 diabetic, her main focus in lunch packing is preparing low-carbohydrate lunches. You can also visit Brooke’s blog over at thewheelerweekly.com

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