The Politics of Snacking

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By Lourdes Nicholls

"Lourdes you have snack duty today!"  Yikes-how did that happen?  I forgot the dreaded snacks for my son's soccer game and had to run to the store while the team was playing.  I thought it was an easy task when suddenly I was struck at the store with terror... "Is this a 'healthy snack team'? Ugh. I couldn't remember and the task is not as easy as it sounds. Is this the "green friendly" soccer team?  I couldn't remember!

I perused the aisles of Dominick's only to run into another mom I knew who was shaking her head while looking at the individual chip bag selections. "Don't tell me-you have snack duty too!"  I laughed as I said it since I had the same look on my face!  I was beginning to panic. 

As I raced around the store in search of the perfect snack I ran into another mom I knew who was also in a snack duty tizzy.  I eyeballed her cart... hmmmm, clementines and water bottles. Ouch! I was starting to feel bad since my original idea had been Dominick's bakery donuts (BTW-have you tried them? Not bad, if I do say so myself!)  

What was I to do?  

FLASHBACK: I remember when my daughter was in pre-school, I brought a healthy snack (as required by the school) and while I was following the rules, other parents did not.  Another child threatened my daughter with, "Don't have your mom bring those raisins again!"  

I opted for the donuts and clementines plus water. I should have worn the half-angel and half-devil outfit when I passed out the snacks after the game. The donuts didn't stand a chance once I got to the field.  The clementines were happy to be there too, but weren't really touched! 

I'm all for healthy snacks, but maybe I wanted to be the 'cool donut mom.'  I guess I wasn't prepared for the responsibility. What do you bring?  I need ideas for t-ball season!

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Dr Chris from St Louis, MO  

Posted: November 14th, 2010 9:33 AM

Just give the kids some Marlboros, a can of Falstaff, and let them be!

Lisa D. from Oak Park  

Posted: November 12th, 2010 2:56 PM

Most kids would rather have a doughnut! At least at their age, they can still eat it and not feel guilty...

Snackman from Oak Park  

Posted: November 12th, 2010 12:26 PM

Moms think about what kind of snack to get from every aspect. Will there be enough? Will the kids eat them? Will the kids like them? Coaches and dads alike are just happy to get a quiet moment and kids are happy to have something to eat! Bravo Lourdes and all considerate snack gathering moms for aiming to please all snack lovers.

Kirsten Straughan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 12th, 2010 8:18 AM

I'm on the "healthy" team. Apples for soccer in the fall, watermelon in the spring/summer for t-ball!

Drewski from OakPark  

Posted: November 11th, 2010 4:12 PM

How about beer for the coaches? Unless its on school property... or park district(?)...Oh, nevermind!

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