School Snacks — A Haiku (or 2)

by Ellen

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Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to find snacks that my 7 year-old will eat at school, especially when his classmates come armed with such cool (to a kid), multi-colored items! I wrote a little haiku to express my feelings:

Fuchsia, blue, chartreuse
Fruit Roll-Ups with tongue tattoos
How can I compete?

Then I started to get into my role as a poet!

Pizza-flavored fish
Smile in a crunchy chorus
Where are the carrots?

Carrots usually won’t win in a contest against pre-packaged, colorful “kids'” snacks. Grapes do the trick, as long as I send them every once in a while.  Variety is key, and choices are limited to foods without any nuts (due to severe allergies of a classmate).  Here’s a list of some snacks my son has actually eaten at school:

  • homemade buttered popcorn
  • grapes, raspberries, strawberries, clementines, and the occasional apple
  • raisins
  • things I’ve baked, like pumpkin muffins, peach cobbler and anything with added real whipped cream
  • yogurt  (This one’s tough, since we don’t buy the purple kind.)
  • crackers — I find that if I send crackers every once in a while, he will eat other snacks on the days when I don’t offer crackers.  Whole Foods makes an organic round (Ritz-like) cracker with palm oil.  It’s a compromise for me, but at least it has no hydrogenated fats and no soybean, safflower, sunflower or corn oils.  (Check out my post that explains extruded foods here.)

Haikus anyone?

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Nancy February 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I like your post, El
Snacks are a tricky bizness
Twinkies were the worst

BodyEarth February 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Good one, Mom!

Betsy February 20, 2010 at 11:36 am

The suggestions you offer are great! My children are all grown up, but I wish I was given some advice on healthier snacks that they would actually eat. I tried but I found out later the snacks ended up in the garbage and they shared other’s fruit rollups and the like.

BodyEarth February 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hi, Betsy.
I feel like our list of “acceptable” snacks is woefully short! Too many potential snacks won’t pass the peer-pressure test. It’s funny what is okay to eat at home, but too embarrassing to eat at school.

Jim February 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

Piggle-Wiggle says
Give them Twinkies all the time
Hear the call for fruit!

BodyEarth February 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

Good old Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!

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