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(all that's left today)
I’m sitting here in a classroom filled with middle schoolers, trying to do work while not eavesdropping. They’re participating in Model UN, a club where they learn about current events, negotiations, parliamentary procedure, and how to listen to each other. The noise level is probably what you ought to expect when you get forty-odd (forty odd works too) pre-teens and teens in a room.
The teacher just quieted them down to work with them as a group.
I’m in this room because it was too much for me to think about heading home and back here again (a 30 minute round trip) – but also because I brought snack.
Snack is not just for the toddler set. These kids can eat. And eat and eat and eat and eat. There is no way they can go straight to an afterschool activity without getting some kind of sustenance into their bodies.
So the teacher asked all parents to donate money for the snack fund, or invited us to bring in a snack, maybe for about 20 kids. Silly me, to think that that meant there were 20 kids in the group. My son did Model UN when he was in the middle school – I should have remembered. Or asked, that would have worked.
I get a bee in my bonnet about snack. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of processed foods. Shelf-stable, “kid-friendly” foods. Like Goldfish or chips or cookies or granola bars. I’m not immune to the call of pantry staples, and the kids eat those like they’ve never eaten anything in their lives.
But the morning I received the note about snack donation was the morning someone posted an article about such foods, lamenting the fact that kids these days don’t learn about food preparation in school. And I decided that I would bring in a snack – a healthy, whole food snack.
Apples, cheese, crackers (okay, I caved a little), grapes, tomatoes, carrots, hummus, and cashews. With a little more effort I could have made it a fully “C” day.
I sort of thought nobody would eat anything, or I’d hear something about “eew health food.” Maybe I will later, from Maddie, who only asked me to make sure I brought in apples and cheese.
All that’s left is a bag of baby carrots, some hummus, and a handful of cashews.
Either they were too hungry to complain about it, or this healthy food hit the spot.
I feel like a badass today. Sticking to my principles and feeding kids.
October 3, 2013
I used to buy microwave popcorn. How easy can it be to have a healthy snack? Pop the bag in the microwave, press a couple of buttons, and whoosh - a snack. You might burn your fingers pulling the bag apart, or sometimes you miscalculate on a new machine and the popcorn burns, leaving a gnarly back-of-the-throat smell in the air for what feels like days. But generally, it worked.
And then I started reading about that popcorn. How many chemicals laced the bag itself. How the microwaves changed the chemicals from bad to worse. Especially how bad it was for kids.
But I love popcorn - and so do my kids. So what to do? Enter the way I made popcorn when I was a kid. Simple, really. A pot (with a lid), vegetable oil, popcorn, and the optional (for some people) butter and salt to top it.
So easy even a kid can make it. Want to watch? Here's today's Tasty Thursday! Yeah, there's a pot to wash. Easier to wash the pot than to scrub the chemicals from your body.
September 12, 2013
Today's video is on Thai spring rolls - a recipe, how to make them, and some fun tips about them. Have you watched it yet? Tasty Thursday - Thai spring rolls!
I've been making these videos for almost a year now. Almost 52 weeks of never missing a Thursday (not even Thanksgiving!) Someone, astounded that I spend a few hours every week putting these videos together and posting them, asked me why I make them. The answer is simple, though I can be more or less flip about it depending on the person asking and my own mood at the moment.
I like to help people. If I can help ONE person learn something, or smile, or try a new recipe or a new ingredient or a new tool or a new way of looking at things . . . it's worth it.
Does this make me a badass? 'Cause I'm working on it.
Let me know what you think - ask questions - share ideas for this video series of mine - watch and enjoy and share and learn and laugh.