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Sep. 3, 2009
And They Shall Eat S’mores

My Grandpa Eric affectionately referred to s’mores as “smears” and for good reason. There’s no way you can enjoy a good, well made s’more without the gooey sticky mess that follows; it’s all part of the experience.

What’s better than perfectly melted chocolate smeared with the perfectly toasted marshmallow smashed between two graham cracker squares?
Let me tell you.

PEANUT BUTTER smeared together with the perfectly melted chocolate and marshmallow.

That’s the way we do it at the summer camp where I volunteer each summer—Camp de Los Ninos. The Camp is specific for kids living with type 1 diabetes.

Why add peanut butter, you ask? Well, these kids are smart and they know their bodies. Without double blind clinical trials, they’ll all tell you that peanut butter is magic when it comes to keeping their blood sugars in check.

As the Camp Nutrition Director, I count out the carbohydrates in each s’more (26 grams) so each child can delight in what might just be their first experience roasting a marshmallow and eating a s’more.
Adding the peanut butter just makes it that much better for everyone.

I get high off of s’mores night at camp and not from sugar or the Santa Cruz Mountain air but from the delight I see when one hundred kids living with diabetes get to enjoy one of the great pleasures of childhood.
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Tara, the RD
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