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Cooking Up Fun For Kids With Diabetes

Cooking Up Fun For Kids With Diabetes. DiabeticGourmet.com

By Marilyn Helton

For those of you getting your children ready for back-to-school, you'll love Cooking Up Fun For Kids With Diabetes, by Patti Geil and Tami Ross.

Every day millions of parents struggle to get their picky eaters to eat better, and with childhood obesity, leading to Type 2 diabetes in children on the rise, the importance of eating healthfully cannot be understated.

Plus, if you're a kid with diabetes, food can seem like medicine -- eating certain foods at certain times in certain amounts.

Cooking Up Fun For Kids With Diabetes authors Patti B. Geil, MS,RD,FADA,CDE, and Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE, have planted their collective fingers directly on the food tastes that kids really love.

The recipes are divided into three sections: Made For A Meal, which includes main dishes, sides, and appetizers; Anytime In Between, chock-full of treats; and Save The Best For Last, which features delicious desserts. Each recipe is divided into simple steps for preparation and degree of difficulty, with complete nutritional information and dietary exchanges per serving.

Cooking Up Fun For Kids With Diabetes is much more than just recipes though; it opens with a chapter aimed at children themselves. Full of fun food facts, this section offers elementary lessons about nutrition, including easy-to-understand information for those with diabetes.

Material just for parents and caregivers, including discussions of meal plan options and frequently asked questions and answers, is also an important part of this chapter.

Finally, one of my favorite features in this delightful book are the creative projects incorporating food and/or food ingredients. How to make a Windowsill Herb Garden and Potato Stampers are the two I plan to share with Taylor, my seven-year-old granddaughter.

Even if your don't have a child with diabetes in your immediate circle, this book is terrific for anyone who wants to involve children in a healthy eating lifestyle. You can't go wrong with this one, folks -- it's a great little book for children and grownups alike.

Sample Recipe:

Buffalo Soft Tacos

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/3 cup mild cayenne pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot Sauce, not Tabasco sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon corn oil
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) diced cooked chicken breast
  • 4 (8 inch) tortillas, warmed if desired
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons light ranch dressing


  1. Put cayenne pepper sauce and oil in a large zip-top bag. Add cooked chicken, seal bag, and shake to coat chicken well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow chicken to marinate.
  2. Pour chicken and sauce in a microwave-safe dish, cover, and heat 2 minutes or until hot (or pour chicken and marinade in a pan and warm on the stove over medium heat).
  3. Lay 4 flour tortillas on the counter. Spoon 1/4 of chicken in the center of each one. Drizzle with the warm marinade if you want to. Top each with 1/4 of the cheese and 1/4 of the lettuce. Drizzle each with 1/4 of the dressing.
  4. Fold each taco in half, or roll it up. Slice in half if you want to.

Nutritional Information

    Serving size: 1 taco
    Calories: 351
    Total Fat: 13 g
    Saturated fat: 5 g
    Cholesterol: 72 mg
    Sodium: 1220 mg
    Total carbohydrate: 26 g
    Fiber: 5 g
    Protein: 30 g
    Exchanges: 1-1/2 Starch, 4 Meat, lean

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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Pub. Date: August 2003
  • ISBN-13: 9781580401340
  • Sales Rank: 181,582
  • 195pp
  • Edition Number: 1

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