…the teacher will probably still serve pretzels.
Last week I got an email from my first grader’s health teacher announcing that they’d be tasting healthy snacks that Friday, and parents were invited to send in some food for the class to share.
Oh, now you’re speaking my language!
Examples of healthy snacks included carrots, cheese, fruits, whole-grain crackers, pretzels, low-fat yogurt, and a few others. Hmmmm…
I pondered whether I should share the news that low-fat is no good for kids (or other human beings), but instead I immediately responded with a passionate note about how much I’d love to bring something, and in fact I have this ebook and blog thing going on, and could I please even come in and observe the kids eating the snacks for a little market research for the update to my book?
I probably scared her a little, but she graciously let me come anyway.
I whipped up three flavors of the power bars from Healthy Snacks to Go and three flavors of the new Crispy Roasted Chickpeas (coming tomorrow in the 2nd edition).
I had to hide my grin as my son struggled with the work that day, to separate pictures of foods into “healthy snacks for school” and “tasty foods to leave at home,” the euphemism for junk food like donuts, cookies, and chips. Poor kid kept getting too many images on the junk food list, since crackers, pretzels, and cereal land squarely in that category at our house.
The plates of healthy snacks to try, intended to broaden their horizons and help the kids try some new foods they may not have had before, included half a string cheese, a big slice of orange, two baby carrots, and my contributions here:
Those are Cinnamix, Sunny Vacation (nut-free), and Cherry Almond Power Bars with Cool Ranch, Mexican, and Cinnasweet chickpeas in the back. Mexican was a mistake, because kids were too scared of all things spicy, so they didn’t eat any chickpeas by and large. Oops.
I have to say I was surprised that any of the foods the teacher brought would have been new to kids, but at least they were all real food.
Some of the kids had started eating and tasted the chickpeas or power bars before the incident, or they probably would have all been thrown away.
I could have cried.
The teacher walked around the room with a bag of pretzels, dumping a handful on each plate, right on top of all the healthy goodness we had already served them!
In a fight between pretzels and chickpeas with 6-year-olds as judges, the pretzels are victorious every time.
That was the lesson I learned at school last week.
Stay tuned next week when I go on a juice rampage, challenge you to advocate for school food change, review Fed Up with Lunch, tell you what my son and I are already doing to help his new school get green, AND talk about the food pyramid and what’s wrong with school lunch these days. It’s going to be a week you don’t want to miss (and I’m inviting the parents from my son’s class to visit me here at KS, too).
Even better, TOMORROW watch for the 2nd edition of Healthy Snacks to go, now with over 45 recipes. It goes out free this weekend to everyone who purchased the first edition…or manages to sneak in a purchase today, just under the wire! (Buy here.)
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