Saturday, May 25, 2013
Having gone through some of the list of ingredients on the back of many packages, and knowing there are still more I have to look up, but having a long weekend where I just don't feel like adding more information to my brain, it scared me to go to the store and have to pick out another snack for the classroom.
We have one more week of school left and the teacher said there were few snacks left, so I got one last snack for my son's class. Because of classroom rules, I had to get some kind of processed shelf-stable thing. We picked out graham crackers. I got the one with the fewest ingredients, but it still scares me that they're having all those things every day. I've seen things like "fruit snacks" and cupcakes and cookies as snacks. I swear that every Wednesday last year, my daughter had a cupcake because of birthdays being celebrated. I really don't think the average parent knows how many things are being passed off as "treats" in the classrooms. We're not allowed homemade treats because of allergies and/or poisoning attempts from 30 years ago.
I'll be glad that next year I'll have more control over my kids' snacks, since second grade we have to send in a snack with only our kid and not for everyone else. It's so much easier to send in the snacks we want to give our own children and I don't like things that are basically candy for them each day (fruit snacks do not contain enough fruit in them to really be considered fruit snacks, unless you get the natural or simply fruit snacks... check the back of the label, there are some that are just pureed fruit). I'm fortunate that my kids love things like applesauce (you can find them in squishable containers now) and granola bars (but I fear I'll be making our own and sending home made snacks more often) and real fruits whether fresh or dried.
I'll admit, we did get M&M's and Breyer's real ice cream today (only the cream, sugar and flavoring kinds). I even picked up chocolate chips so we can make some granola bars, I'm pretty sure I have enough of the ingredients we need to make some.
Although I haven't dropped everything processed from our diets, I'm much better at controlling what we have in our home and there is a lot less of it sitting around. It's cheaper to get the fresh fruit and veggies than the chips and candy simply because it takes longer for us to eat those good things than the unhealthy things. A bag of M&M's will last one day, but a bag of apple will last a half a week. The ingredients for muffins are cheaper than the box of mix.
So hopefully one day, I'll have everything the best I can for my family and our bodies. I do the best I can with the knowledge I have and hopefully I'll be able to pass that knowledge off to the kids when they're old enough to understand all of it, which will be sooner than later. I also hope that enough people are out there changing the way food is manufactured so that my kids don't have to avoid the whole store in order to do their shopping.
Today's holidays: National Tap Dance Day, National Wine Day, Towel Day (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Geek Pride and National Brown-Bag-It Day.