Silly, right? Of course you take two pieces of your favorite bread, slap some PB on there, glob jelly on if you want, smush the bread slices together and serve it up to your hungry kid. Or significant other. Or yourself because it’s… Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
I was inspired to create a type 1 diabetes PB how to after watching THIS Food Network Peanut Butter Hack video.
Ok, now, I don’t know her but Bev Weidner seems like a sweet lady. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that she pinpointed a problem in her home and she came up with a solution that works for her. Bravo! I am actually curious to try this. Once. Beyond that I don’t have time to roll out peanut butter slices. And the CARB COUNTING. Egads!! I would have to roll it out, freeze it, cut the peanut butter slices in as uniform pieces as possible, ignore my frustration about the unused ragged edges leftover from cutting uniform squares, (Does she throw that away? Does she scrape it back into the peanut butter jar?), weigh them individually, dither about whether or not I should figure out the weight of the parchment paper involved, calculate the grams of carbohydrates in each slice based on the grams of weight, and Sharpie marker that total on each precious parchment papered square of peanut butter. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
My time is spent carefully calculating carbohydrates because part of properly caring for Grasshoppers type 1 diabetes involves counting every gram of carbohydrate that he will eat so that I can give him the correct amount of insulin for his meal. If I miscalculate the carbs and give him insulin for more grams of carbohydrates than are actually in his food, I can send his blood sugar crashing down. Low blood sugar is immediately life threatening. If I miscalculate the carbs and I give him insulin for fewer grams of carbohydrates than are actually in his food, his blood sugar may rise to dangerously high levels. High blood sugar over time is harmful to the body. Managing type 1 diabetes means constantly walking a tightrope, trying to keep blood sugar in a narrow, safe, range. Food isn’t the only thing that affects blood sugar but it is a big part of the constantly shifting equation.
Here’s how a Saturday lunch goes down in this type 1 household.
Two slices of Publix Butter Crust Bread (currently Grasshopper’s favorite) and a plate find a spot on top of my OXO digital kitchen scale. This thing gets a workout every day, all day long. I scoop out a glob of Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter and plop it onto the bread, weighing out the serving size of PB listed on the jar, 2 tablespoons or (much easier to measure with a digital scale) 32 grams. Spread PB, top with a slice of bread and the sandwich is finished.
2 slices of Publix brand Butter Crust Bread = 24 grams of carbohydrates.
32 grams of Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter = 6 grams of carbohydrates.
It makes for a nice and tidy 30 gram carb sandwich that keeps Grasshopper’s blood sugar steady. He also requested Veggie Straws, so I got our gigantic Costco size bag and weighed out 14 grams worth of crunchy Veggie Straws. I don’t kid myself about these. They are pretty much the same thing as Pringles and not some miraculously healthy version of processed potatoes and vegetables. But he likes them and I serve them in moderation like everything else.
And THAT’S how this T1D mom makes a peanut butter sandwich.
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