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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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Feeding a child vegetarian

No really, she says she is a vegetarian.  About five weeks ago, my 12 year old daughter announced that she was going to become a vegetarian.  My immediate reaction (internally) was ‘yeah, right’.  My immediate reaction (externally) was ‘sure’.

But, then I started thinking about it.  Wait, I’m in charge of all the food buying and prepping around here.  That means that she now has special needs.  Let’s figure out why she is doing this.

Here’s why:  because she wants to.

Here’s my answer: OK.

Of course, my biggest concern is that this doesn’t mean no meat and all sweets.  This means twice the fruits or veggies and a huge focus on where her protein comes from.

So far, we are both doing okay.  She has stuck with it for five weeks.  She gave up meat for Lent as a way to stick with it through Easter.  She’s eating/drinking plenty of milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese, nuts and some peanut butter. So, I’m not worried about protein.  She is packing twice the fruits in her lunch box and eating a larger serving of veggies for dinner.

What have I learned….. there is no reason to discourage your child from an interest.  It doesn’t matter why she wants to do it as long as she understands how to stay healthy and that it’s fine to change her mind.  I’M PROUD OF HER.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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