Portion out 15 carbs worth of jelly beans at Easter for easy carb counting and a fun way to treat low blood sugars.
Q: I’m having a bag of jelly beans. How many carbs?
Q: Whoa! The Easter Bunny is good!
It’s no coincidence that the snack-sized bags filled with jelly beans in the eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny have 15 carbs each.
I could have just thrown some jelly beans into each egg, but I found that a few minutes of extra prep save me time and energy later. Fifteen is a number that’s drilled into our heads when it’s come to diabetes management (rule of 15s: give 15 carbs, wait 15 minutes, check blood sugar, repeat as needed). Fifteen is a number I can easily remember if Q asks me how many carbs are in that bag of jelly beans. And she can use a bag of jelly beans to treat a low if she wants to have something other than juice.
Kids First, Diabetes Second Book (There’s a chapter called “Less Stress, More Happiness” that talks A LOT about these types of issues.)
The Thrill of the Hunt (excerpt from Kids First, Diabetes Second)
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