Today, my two younger children went back to school. My daughter started 8th grade, my son 5th. And my oldest son is just weeks away from heading out of the country for what will hopefully be an incredible gap year. 

With all the excitement and emotion of the next few weeks, I started thinking about the best way to send kids back to school: with shoes that fit perfectly and after school snacks that fuel healthy living. 

First, let's talk shoes. Then, keep reading for the perfect after-school snack recipe (bonus: it's diabetic frie

My kids got back to school on the right foot, hopefully yours will too!

ndly!) And lastly, don't forget to stop and admire my adorable children (that's a totally unbiased opinion) at right, all smiles befo

re heading out the door for class. 


How to Find the Perfect Shoes for School Children 

When you take your children to the shoe store (do NOT browse online for their footwear), follow these steps to get a good fit: 

  • Buy new shoes, since hand-me-downs  have already formed to another child’s feet.
  • Look for a stiff heel; a flexible toe; and a rigid middle.
  • Have a professional measure both of your child’s feet. If one is larger than the other, size to the larger foot.
  • Shop late in the day, when feet are at their largest.
  • Have your child wear the type of sock he or she is most likely to pair with the shoes you will purchase.
  • Go for immediate comfort: a breaking-in period shouldn't be necessary for shoes that truly fit your child. 

With your kids feet's all taken care of, we can now turn to their overall health, with some easy after-school snack ideas.

Snack Ideas for Diabetic Kids

Who says following a diabetic-friendly diet can’t be fun and delicious? When I stumbled on this amazing after school snack recipe From, I just couldn’t resist sharing with all of you. Try it for your diabetic-child, or any child who needs a push towards a healthier eating direction—I doubt any little one can resist these visually appealing treats.

Apple Ladybug Treats

This diabetic-friendly snack is both tasty to eat and fun to make!


  •  2 red apples
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 8 thin pretzel sticks


  1. Slice apples in half from top to bottom and scoop out the cores using a knife or melon baller. If you have an apple corer, core them first, then slice. Place each apple half flat side down on a small plate.
  2. Dab peanut butter on to the back of the 'lady bug', then stick raisins onto the dabs for spots. Use this method to make eyes too. Stick one end of each pretzel stick into a raisin, then press the other end into the apples to make antennae.

Making healthy and delicious treats doesn’t have to be challenging, but staying on top of your diabetic foot health can be tough without the help of your Houston podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!

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