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Fun Food Idea:

This month's menu idea is brought to you by PADRE mom Shannon Cotton.

Turkey Dog Octopus

Cut an "X" shape in the bottom half of an uncooked hot dog. Then cut each 1/4 in half again to make eight legs. On upper uncut half of hot dog, use tip of knife to make a smiley face. Boil it to make tentacles spread apart. Serve on a bed of edamame and asparagus spear "seaweed."

Gluten-Free Creation:

Delicious Gluten-Free Pancakes

Ingredients (makes 10 pancakes)

--1 cup rice flour
--2 Tbsp. tapioca flour
--1/3 cup potato starch
--4 Tbsp. dry buttermilk powder
--1 packet sugar substitute
--1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
--1/2 tsp. baking soda
--1/2 tsp. salt
--1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
--2 eggs
--2 Tbsp. canola oil
--2 cups water
 1. In a bowl, mix or sift together the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, dry buttermilk powder, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum. Stir in eggs, water and oil until well blended and few lumps remain.
2. Heat a large, well-oiled skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook until bubbles begin to form. Flip, and continue cooking until golden brown on bottom. Serve immediately with condiments of your choice.


Get Involved

The PADRE (Pediatric-Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education) Foundation plays a critical role in the education and support of children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. We ask that you partner with us, as a participant and or donor, and be a vital part in the success of our largest annual fundraising event. 

For 28 years, PADRE hosts an annual fashion show that highlights our children and teens, performing and modeling in the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s. 
This highly anticipated program serves as a major psychosocial event for our children and their families.  This event not only provides an essential connection, but the funds needed to support our educational programs. 
This year we’re celebrating our 28th Annual Fashion Show Gala, and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 

Please contact the office to receive your free copy of:

The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter, 2012 Edition

While supplies last.

Free Food Snacks:

  • string cheese
  • celery with (1) Tbsp. peanut butter

(1) Exchange Snacks:
For those of you whose young children who are on shots, one of the hardest tasks is coming up with creative (1) exchange snack ideas. Here is a list created by some of our moms:

  • 3/4 cup Cheerios
  • 1 piece of toast (low carb.)
  • 1/2 small bagel or English muffin with cream cheese
  • small box of raisins
  • small apple
  • small banana
  • 4-6 crackers
  • 2-3 cups popcorn
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 17 small grapes
  • 1 1/4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup light yogurt
  • 12 cherries