Monday, February 9, 2009

Cooking Up Fun

A completely wonderful high school classmate of mine wrote this blog entry as a favor for me and I appreciate it so very much!

Food should be fun! The smell of a freshly sliced orange, the sound of popcorn popping, and the rainbow of colors on a tray of fresh veggies can bring a smile to your face, no matter how old you are! As a registered dietitian and diabetes educator with over 20 years experience, and the mother of a 13-year-old son, I know all too well the challenges that folks with diabetes face. If you have a child with diabetes, deciding what, when, and how much to feed them can certainly take the fun out of eating!

Food doesn’t have to be boring though, and your kids can actually enjoy what they eat! To bring fun and enjoyment back to food, and to help kids with diabetes (and their families!) have fun making and eating food, I co-authored a cookbook that’s published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA)– “Cooking Up Fun for Kids with Diabetes”. It’s available for $14.95 from the ADA at in the online bookstore, on or by calling the ADA at 1-800-232-6733.

“Cooking Up Fun for Kids with Diabetes” is built around the ABC’s and has recipes based on foods that kids love, as well as some less than familiar foods that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. You may be surprised to see that several of the recipes contain a bit of sugar, which used to be strictly off-limits for kids with diabetes. Now we know that sugars can be treated just like any other form of carbohydrate and can be eaten as long as the total amount of carbohydrate doesn’t go over the planned amount for that meal or snack. The recipes are divided into simple steps so kids of all ages can whip them up, and a special “little hands” icon tells how hard the recipe is and whether a bit of adult supervision is required. Each recipe also has complete nutrition information, including the carb count. Get ready to put the fun back into food!

To get you started, here’s a favorite recipe of my family’s from the book:

Purple Cow Slushy

1 8-ounce container no-sugar-added, fat-free vanilla yogurt
½ cup fat-free milk
1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries, partially thawed
1 ½ cups ice

Combine yogurt, milk and ½ the blueberries in a blender. Cover tightly and blend. Turn off blender, remove lid, and add remaining blueberries. Cover and blend until smooth (there may be a few pieces of blueberry skin left). Add ice cubes, cover tightly, and blend until slushy. Pour into glasses and serve right away.

Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 12 g carb, 61 calories


Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE