September 23, 2010

Pepperoni sticks may be harmed in the creation of this blog!

Handi-Snacks?  Marshmallows?  Pepperoni sticks?  HOT DOGS????

My son Big-A came home from his first day of Senior Kindergarten with forms to sign, calendars to review, and a list.  A list titled "Peanut/NUT Free Snack Suggestions".  I was excited to read this list, to get new ideas of what to pack in Big-A's backpack for his daily morning snack.  My excitement quickly disappeared as I started reading...

Of the 52 items listed, I would send Big-A to school with a grand total of 15.  Am I being too picky?  Maybe.  I'm sure that Big-A would be more than happy to peek into his backpack at snack time to see a bag of marshmallows looking up at him.  But unfortunately for him, I love him, and I want the best for him.  I couldn't imagine ever sending him to school with marshmallows!

Now don't get me wrong.  I am guilty of choosing not-so-healthy foods for his school snacks.  Goldfish crackers are an easy choice.  And what child doesn't like Goldfish?  I love Goldfish!  But I know that I can do better.  I owe this to both my sons.  Their snacks should be fuel for their growing bodies and minds.  I expect there to be chaotic mornings when I barely have the time to brush my hair, let alone prepare a healthy school snack.  These mornings may result in Big-A eating cookies at snack time.  But as often as time allows me, I will make conscious choices in the food that he eats.

Knowing that Big-A will happily munch on a bowl of juicy grapes makes my life easy in many ways.  I can pack fresh fruit in his backpack knowing that he will eat it and not trade it for junk food.  I know how lucky I am to have a child who will eat almost everything that I offer him.  I also know that many parents aren't this lucky.

I am here to help!  Follow me on a journey through my favourite snack and lunch ideas, recipes, and helpful tips that will make these school years happy ones.  Full tummies result in happy children.  Fill their tummies with healthy food and you are setting your child up for success in school, and with a healthy future.

Bon appetit!

1 comment:

Lena! said...

I am so excited about your new blog!