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!
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
- 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.)
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