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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Juice, Juice and More Juice

A friend recently looked in our refrigerator and exclaimed with surprise, "Look at all that juice you have in there!"

I had to laugh. I mean, come on, don't most parents of children with diabetes have a lot of juice in their fridge?

Open my fridge and this is what you'll see today.

Open that drawer and you'll find more: pouches, little boxes, big boxes, different brands, different flavors, different carb counts. A D mama needs variety!

The little Juicy Juice boxes are what my kids consume the most, especially Jack. With 4.23 ounces and 15g carbs, they're the perfect "pick-me-up" to treat a low.

If you, too, are a fan of Juicy Juice, you should check out this week's Sugar Bolus, because Lora of My Diabetic Child is giving away Juicy Juice! How awesome is that?!

If you glance in our pantry, you'll see more juice. If nothing else, this house is stocked with D supplies, and juice is considered a D supply here. 

Did you notice these?

Yes, I know it's baby juice, and my youngest "baby" is now five years old, and my kiddo with D is now seven. But, these juice bottles are awesome. The key word there is "bottles." This juice comes in 4-ounce, 14g-carb bottles.

This is the juice that sits in Jack's D kit, in my purse and in my car, waiting for a low to strike.

The idea to use these Gerber bottles came from my friend Michelle, who is a more seasoned D mama than I. It was one of the best suggestions I've ever received.

Juice boxes break down. They don't necessarily stand the test of time. Ever have a juice box leak into your purse or D kit? Or your glove compartment? I have. What a wet, sticky mess!

The Gerber juice bottles don't deteriorate. They don't break. They don't squish. They don't leak. They can withstand rumbling and tumbling. Toss one in your bag or your car and forget about it, until you need it. It's practically guaranteed not to ruin anything.

They do feature the Gerber baby face, and Jack would be mortified if his friends saw him drinking baby juice. So I just rip that sweetie pie's picture right off of the bottle. Problem solved. (The label is paper, like a soup can label, and can be easily removed. I just eliminate the baby and leave the rest of the label.)

They come organic or not in a few different flavors.

There you have it: one of the best tips I've ever received...from Michelle to me, and now from me to you! :-)


stock trading said...

Waw what a amazing post.I like juice very much.

Reyna said...

NOW that is a GREAT tip Heidi. I would have never thought of it. AND, I was thinking there is NO WAY Joe is going to drink a juice with a picture of a baby on it, good to know the label rips off.

Joanne said...

We use those too! I tried the juice boxes and like you said, they break down. I saw those bottles in the grocery store one day and thought "PERFECT!" We've been using them ever since.

Alexis of Justices Misbehaving Pancreas said...

awesome idea! He can carry one in his tummietote at school! Funny we just started using juice for lows when we started pumping before we were always told milk!

shannon said...

Fantastic tip, thanks so much to you and Michelle! :)

Rachael said...

I LOVE baby juice! WOW your fridge is so perfect, I know what I need to be cleaning out tonight!!! ;)

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Denise said...

I will look for those! used to get the tree top cans but they are at least 20g carbs.

Meri said...

Genius!! Thank you so much for the tip! When I sent J to camp this summer I sent by hubby to the store to buy juice cans. No luck. :( I wish I would have thought of these then! Awesome!

Wendy said...


Loved this post....and seem to have juice in all the same places!

Anonymous said...

Not 100 percent juice but Sunny D-Lite has cheap 16gram bottles of juice. Which we then refill with real juice. Though we have tons of juice boxes, it is less expensive to refill.