Ugh. Just last week was that darned Valentine's Day party where he came home with a bag of candy! Don't people give Valentine's anymore? We want to give each other tasty food, it's part of our culture to enjoy food with friends. I get that! But the food we traditionally eat is killing us. Currently, your chances of getting cancer in this country is you eat the typical Standard American Diet (SAD) are 1 out of 2!!
We don't have to stop enjoying food together. There are a million healthy foods we could share at a party. For example: fruit salad, hummus and veggie sticks, veggie pizza, whole grain blueberry muffins...
So, what is a parent to do? I for one am not giving in. I am determined to keep all the crap out of my house. If he gets some at school or at a party, fine. But he is here 85% of the time so hopefully what he eats here and the example and teachings I give him at home will be enough. For now I am determined to find and stock up on snacks that are cheap, quick, and nutritious (not necessarily in that order). Here is what we do as far as snacks for the kids:
- lots of fruit, bowls of it! Apples, pears, bananas at eye level on the kitchen table...
- dried fruit: raisins, prunes, cranberries, banana chips, dates..
- seaweed snacks! Annie Chun's are on sale at my local grocery for .99/package. My 10 year old LOVES these with a passion. And they couldn't be more healthier! I happily give him these whenever he asks. Seaweeds are one of the most beneficial vegetables on the planet! These are actually really yummy and satisfy that crunchy, salty, fat craving of chips.
- organic wheat crackers or pretzels (try to use sparingly)
- granola bars (check ingredient list. I like Barbara's fruit bars and Zkids by Cliff)
So, back to my dilemma regarding the Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes party...I think I am going to go ahead and bring the juice boxes I planned and a little something extra: a few packages of Annie Chun's Seaweed Snacks! I would bet anything that all the kids will love them as much as my picky 10 year old. In fact, I am going to use reverse psychology to make sure they do. Here is my plan: I will bring a few packages of the seaweed. Not enough for everyone. With chips and donuts being ubiquitous, the seaweed will be a novelty...and hopefully the center of attention. Peer pressure can be a good thing: watch!