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5 Responses to Five Ways Mandatory Snacks Annoy Us

  1. Lisa@Granola Catholic  

    Sometimes I offer to bring the snack so that I can bring something like apples or grapes. Even when not organic they are much better than most of the the other options out there.

  2. Sarah Jane  

    I agree with you about the mandatory snacks. I remember growing up and going to Vacation Bible School. They ALWAYS had cookies as a snack and rarely had any fruits or vegetables. Because of mandatory snack time, I think it lends us to eat just because, instead of eating because we’re hungry.

  3. Laura  

    “It’s impossible to please everyone. One parent may bring agave-sweetened flax and acai berry bars with fresh carrot juice; the next day a parent may bring Fritos and Coke. Chances are, eyeballs will swivel sarcastically at both choices.” LOL

  4. kelly @kellynaturally  

    I don’t have a problem with healthy snacks at activities; I think it helps to regulate energy & mood – and unfortunately, there are many children who just don’t get good food anywhere else. In the homeschool group where my good friend meets – she always brings the snack b/c there are several kids (whom she realized after the fact) who can’t afford to bring lunch/snacks to their meetings. She always packs extra of her own healthy offerings, and I think that’s awesome.

    Lots of small, healthy meals througout the day is a far healthier way to eat than waiting long periods of times between eating, then eating a large heavy meal (as Americans typically do).

    Of course, that being said, snacks should always be healthy & nutirient-dense! Can’t go wrong with fruit or veggies w/hummus dip.

    And if you can’t guarantee healthy snacks will be brought by others… well, I’d just bring them myself (of course, we are fortunate enough to be able to do that; not all people are – thus, “less good” foods often get brought – not, perhaps, out of lack of knowing better, but because doritos are far less expensive than organic fruit).

    I also find that my children – certainly this may not apply to all children – aren’t attracted by unhealthy options presented at activities. Maybe because they’re used to my babbling on constantly about healthy eating (haha, I don’t do that, really, okay, yes I do), maybe because they are used to healthy eating at home. Then, finally…

    I don’t think an “unhealthy” snack here or there is a problem; when it’s balanced by mainly healthy, whole food eating. Things which are completely off limits (of course, other than allergens!), tend to be the foods which we WANT to eat the most, so now and then a special treat of dark chocolate or homemade cookies, etc. isn’t so bad.

    Stepping off my soapbox. 😉

  5. Renee

    I think one of the main problems here is what has happened to the word “snack,” along with the disappearance of the word “treat.” In my house and apple is a snack, Goldfish crackers are a treat. Jicama slices are a snack, a pumpkin muffin is a treat. A snack is real food (provides nutrition to run your body) you have in between meals. A treat is something extra and fun that we have with limits, not an every day thing.

    If activities and sports really had snack time I don’t think I’d have a problem with it. My issue is that it’s almost always treat time, and that does not teach healthful habits for life (as well as had the negative impacts listed in the original post).