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The benefits of a portable breakfast, Breakfast spring rolls 
Oct. 11, 2010 7:00 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2010 12:28 pm
My type 1er is not a morning person. It hasn’t gotten any better since he became a teenager. He barely speaks, and has no desire to sit down to a meal.  When he was first diagnosed he was underweight so it was very important to push him to eat in the am. Otherwise it was just impossible to get enough calories into him over the course of the day. For a long time it was fresh fruit & yogurt smoothies. Easier to get him to drink something than to eat something! We’ve moved on since then and have embraced the benefits of portable food. He likes to walk to school (about 1.5 miles), so giving him something he can carry in his hands and eat while he walks makes for a winner. If it’s yummy to boot, it can even wake up his sleepy appetite. With a 3-4 meals a day, his BGs are more stable, he has more energy to get through the day, and is maintaining a healthy weight.


Breakfast Spring Roll (14 carbs total)

1 Spring Roll Wrapper (8 carbs)

1/3 Jennie O Turkey Sausage patties (0 carbs)

2 TBSP Sauteed onions & peppers (2 carbs)

1 TBSP cubed, seasoned, fried potatos (4 carbs)


cayenne pepper

old bay seasoning

EVOO (1/2 inch in frying pan)


The morning is a challenge for me as well, having to get ready for work, and I usually like to try to get in my exercise in the am as well. So the prep work is done only twice a week, the other days, all that is required is to wrap them up and drop them in oil for a few minutes on either side.


The prep work

1 large onion

3 small jalapeno peppers

3 medium potatoes

5 Jennie O Turkey Sausage patties


Chop the onion into small pieces, about ½ inch. Chop the jalapeno into smaller pieces, about ¼ inch. Sautee the onions and peppers in the frying pan just until they start to brown, do not cook through. While the onions & peppers sautee, cube the potatoes into pieces about ½ inch. Set the onions & peppers aside. Fill the frying pan with ½ inch of EVOO, add the potatoes. Season with spices to taste and fry until lightly golden brown. While frying the potatoes, cut the sausage patties into ½ inch cubes. Remove the potatoes from the oil and drain on paper towels. These prepped bits go into a Tupperware container, and is pulled out in the mornings, wrapped and fried. The moisture from the onions & peppers will degrades the spring roll wrapper too much and they fall apart if wrapped in advance the night before.


To wrap the spring rolls

Lay the wrapper on a flat surface.

Add ~1/3 sausage pattie

Add ~1TBSP potato

Add ~2TBSP of the onions & peppers

Fold the wrapper up over the lump of filling, the sides over, and the roll to close the top.


Fry the prepared spring rolls in the EVOO for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, wrap up in a napkin (I’ve even used coffee filters for a cute ruffle) and send him on his way!


The Big D Blues

Does the D ever give you the blues? When it does to me I feel it BIG TIME. In the course of the stress of the last year, I’ve found that on certain days (ladies you know what I mean) my BGs go berserk if I eat more than 25 carbs per meal. My doc checked my fasting numbers, and my A1c, both fine, but on these particular days, whoa, look out! When they catch me off guard, everyone around me pays the price, especially when they come a few days earlier than expected. It wasn’t till I found myself in front of the vending machine craving everything in it and feeling really sweaty even though it’s fairly temperate inside that I thought it might be a good idea to pull out one of my type 1ers old meters that I keep at the office for such occasions. 134. Yup, whenever my body goes over 115 I am miserable and crab at everyone around me. I used to put it down to just hormones, which it clearly is, but knowing that the hormones mess with my BGs help me to cut it off at the pass. Instead of going for the candy, I reached for a liter of water and downed it, the cravings passed and the fog starts to clear. Meters are cheap these days, available at any drug store for a song. If you have a type 1er, you probably have 2 or 3 extra ones you don’t use anyway. Just one more way to take better care of yourself to make sure you have it in you to care for your type 1er.
Breakfast spring rolls
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Turkey sausage on spring roll wrapper
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Turkey & potatoes on wrapper
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onions, peppers, potatoes & turkey on wrapper
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Fold 1
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Fold 2 & 3
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finished fold
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rolls frying in EVOO, with some of the rosemary left from the potatoes
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Oct. 11, 2010 8:31 pm
Thanks so much for your blogs. I am a Type 1er, being diagnosed @ 6 years ago. Being a bit of a "foodie" I thought my life as I knew it was over! Now I just have to count those carbs the best I can. The Breakfast spring rolls will be a hit in my house... I will have to fight my son and DH for them. Thanks for sharing your recipes and experiences with your son! All the Best.
Oct. 12, 2010 3:39 am
I'm glad you've been blogging about this and now I see a lot of similarities in how I've been feeling lately. Perhaps I should have this checked by blood tests next time I'm at the doctor? I've had the same experiences with brain fog, cravings, etc. if I don't eat every 3 - 4 hours and it has to be certain foods, not junk or sugar. Thanks for the help!
Oct. 12, 2010 9:36 am
Tina, I hope that some of these issues can at least be blamed on "teenager" stuff. You have alot of challenges, but it looks as if you're managing them like a champ. Good for you and best wishes.
Oct. 12, 2010 9:40 am
@BellesAZ, yes, alot of it is teenage stuff. Interesting to note though, teenage growth hormones do effect BGs considerably (since human growth hormone is an insulin inhibitor)! All those times I thought he just didnt want to get out bed... his BG was >100!
Oct. 13, 2010 12:25 pm
@TMFOIL, thanks for reading... let me know how the DH & kiddo like them! Am always open to tweaks & improvements! @Lace, if you're feeling off consistently, it's always a good idea to be checked by a doctor. In the world of blood sugar, however, if you go to 3 different doctors, you may get three different answers. As mentioned, when I went to the Dr. my numbers always came up fine, or I heard "on the high side of normal". Even though I had just about every risk factor for type 2, never did the Dr. recommend altering my diet. Since changing my diet and adding regular exercise I have never felt better!
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