If your child tends to take a bite out of the middle of each sandwich half and calls that lunch, it can be a challenge to calculate proper lunchtime insulin doses. One quick fix for this very common problem? Turn a basic sandwich into a fun-to-eat fruit kabob!

–Susan Weiner, R.D., C.D.E., 2015 American Association of Diabetes Educators (A.A.D.E.) diabetes educator of the year and registered dietitian in private practice in New York.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 1

Serving Size: 1 kabob (without jam)

  • Calories: 265
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 33g


  • Two slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup whole strawberries (about 4)
  • 2 tablespoons whole fruit jam (optional)
  • A drinking straw or other child-safe skewer

How To Make It

  1. Make a peanut butter (or almond butter) sandwich.
  2. Cut in half twice to create a total of four sandwich pieces.
  3. Rinse and dry strawberries. Using the straw like a skewer, alternate sandwich pieces with strawberries in between to serve as “jam.” (You can try it with ham and cheese sandwich squares and cherry tomatoes too.)
  4. To keep the kabob fresh for lunch, place in a lidded plastic food dish.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.