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By The Numbers – #3

I left you hanging for quite awhile I realized – so two quick ‘By The Numbers’ posts in a row.

Today I grocery shopped.  I spent $83.82.

I bought the following fruits/veggies:

4 pints strawberries, frozen corn, frozen blueberries, orange juice, carrots, portobella mushrooms, a bag of golden delicious apples, blueberries, blackberries, a mango, a bunch of bananas, apple juice, multi-color pepper pack, seedless baby watermelon

this week's fruit and veggies

this week’s fruit and veggies

That’s 14 varieties.  I would estimate that it is almost 70 servings of fruits and veggies.  It should last us a week.

Those ingredients cost me:  $24.90

Per serving that amounts to $.36 – that’s CRAZY TALK!

That’s cheaper than a candy bar at the concession stand – no WAY!

Notes:  none of those are organic and I shop at Aldi (and if you don’t, it’s your fault not mine)

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Dinner at the BallPark

It’s that time of year again – Opening Day.  

And, not to discriminate – it is also track season, soccer season, lacrosse season, long-course swim and kickball season around here.  Any others…..

But, opening day – that resonates with most of us.  Games (and meets) right now are cold and windy.  They are also smack dab in the middle of the dinner hour through the week and usually through the lunch hour on the weekend.  

What are your family friendly, healthy options?  Well, there is the soft pretzel with or without cheese, a hot dog, maybe a slice of frozen pizza popped in a microwave, the walking taco, popcorn, candy, nachos with or without jalapenos.  Here we go again – the summer version of the concession stand.  

I urge you to plan ahead.  

Plan first at the grocery store.  

Then, pack a lunch sack full of the following:  clementines, apples, grapes, bananas, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, a jar of peanut butter, a loaf of bread and a knife.  Some granola bars, cereal bars and maybe a package or two of salty crackers are good too.   And don’t forget a good old fashioned cooler and cups for water.  

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I guarantee you’ll feed way more than your own crew with that jar of peanut butter.  (Be aware of peanut allergies – of course).  Even if you take all of this to every game, you will save:

A) money B) you and your kids’ waistlines and C) yourself from fights due to your kids’ sugar-induced blood sugar 

Here’s what I’ve learned:

plan ahead and don’t tell the concession stand manager that I’m writing this blog! 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Walking Taco – a description

The name conjures up the following image:

And, I would argue that in theory, the walking taco is an OK option for a concession stand.

Here are the ingredients suggested when searching online:

Walking Taco Ingredients

Raw Ingredients

Seasoned ground beef, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, sour cream, taco chips and hot sauce.

If what was coming out of the concession stand looked like this list above (although I would argue trading out the fritos for plain tortilla chips), I really wouldn’t have a problem and would be okay with this being lunch.  You could serve it out of the same ‘boat’ that you serve nachos and cheese – to make it WALKING.

The problem I have is that the concession stand version looks like this:

Concession Stand Walking Taco

What you really get

See, you have to serve it in INSIDE the fritos bag to get the WALKING part – the portable part.  Easy container, no additional cost, you can walk around with it, etc. etc.

Not always, but TYPICALLY, the cheese and meat are both pumped out of nacho cheese-like machines, see samples below.  That way you can buy the meat and cheese prepackaged from a food supply store.

Nacho Cheese Machine

You won’t likely get the lettuce or shredded cheese or tomato or refried bean – you know, any of the healthy part.

What am I learning: to do it right takes a bit more effort; but I’m arguing just a BIT not a LOT

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Concession Stand Duty

The dreaded concession stand.  The even more dreaded concession stand volunteer duty.  

This past Saturday my husband and I took our turn working the concession stand at our kids’ school for a one hour shift – noon to one o’clock.  You could argue this is a really difficult time of day for parents.  It’s lunch time – the time when most of their kids are typically in that same cafeteria/gym space eating lunch –  and they are hungry.  But, it was certainly interesting to think about what people were using either as lunch food or a snack until they could get home for lunch.

Let me start by saying – I hate the concession stand.  So perhaps I’m biased.  But, I can’t figure out how we are okay with just junk – just junk – for our kids and ourselves.  

This concession stand is no different from others.  It offers hot dogs, the walking taco (let me know if you need info on this!), nachos and cheese, popcorn, candy and drinks – bottled water and all varieties of sugary stuff.

I’m going to give two polar examples of what I saw:

1) grandma (over 60) purchased two bags of popcorn – $1.00 total

2) 5th grade girl (probably weighing 60 pounds) – one bag of popcorn, one Coke (2 serving size), Hershey bar, Chips Ahoy package, golden Oreo package, and Sour Nerd sticks (I think that’s what they are called)- $4.50 total

Now, I realize I don’t know all the details.  Let’s hope the young girl was buying for her whole family.  But, here is what she essentially bought 1) 139 grams of sugar and 2) 1,050 calories – for only $4.50.

We all say that we care about childhood obesity.  We all want healthy food and a healthier lifestyle for our family.  You could argue that the concession stand is a treat – albeit an every other day sort of treat anymore.  

But, my argument is that we are just lazy.  Or, we are worried about losing the precious income the concession stand generates at the cost of obese and unhealthy children.

Here’s what I’ve learned: although I may be the finance person on the athletic committee, it’s my responsibility to voice my concern and drive change to the concession stand.

Here are some two resources that I’ve found.  Send me more suggestions please!

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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