Newly Diagnosed Meal Plan
1/24/16
WRITTEN BY: BROOKE WHEELER
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For the last couple months we have been working with Finger Prickin’ Good to create a 1-week meal plan for a newly diagnosed family. Every time we hear from a newly diagnosed family, we want to have plenty of material at Beyond Type 1 to help navigate the tough early weeks. We have specifically wanted something to direct families toward that will help them get back on their feet and learn how to prepare meals for their Type 1 child.

This plan features some favorite family recipes from Finger Prickin’ Good, with a focus on balancing low carbohydrate options with super kid-friendly foods, as this will likely be a new way of eating for many kids.

This plan contains options for a homemade breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, every day for one week. If this is an overwhelming amount of cooking for you, feel free to pick and chose from the recipes provided- you can completely cater it to your own family. The plan is merely meant as a sample week.

Here are 4 of the most popular recipes that are included in the plan, with descriptions from Finger Prickin’ Good:

BROOKE-BURRITOOver the years these Breakfast Burritos have become a favorite at our house! They’re so easy to make and so delicious! I promise you won’t even miss the tortilla!

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Unwrapped Sandwich Skewer. Sometimes you just need a break from an ordinary sandwich. This Unwrapped Sandwich Skewer does just that! Just load up a popsicle stick or skewer with your favorite sandwich fillings and you have a perfect lunch idea. If your kiddo doesn’t typically eat sandwiches, this may be just the ticket to getting them to like them!
For dinner, why not try a different approach to the carb heavy pasta that can be a nightmare for blood sugar late at night? Kids love the crunch of this Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti paired with pasta sauce and parmesean cheese.

BROOKE-COOKIE-DIPChickpea Cookie Dough Dip– Whenever I make this Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip, my kids are always left begging for more. I know that a chickpea based cookie dough dip may have you raising your eyebrows, but I’m here to tell you that this stuff is goooood and it totally tastes like cookie dough!


For the whole plan click here. And be sure to check out all of our other amazing resources. Our “First 30 Days” section is especially helpful for newly diagnosed families.

BROOKE WHEELER

Brooke lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their 3 children (two boys and a girl). Her 8-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 21 months old. His diagnosis, and the desire to make an imprint on the diabetic community, ultimately led to the creation of her recipe blog, Finger Prickin' Good (fingerprickingood.com), where she shares kid-approved and diabetic-friendly recipes.