My turn to take snack for the soccer team. I hate taking snack. Do you actually like taking a snack? Don’t get me wrong, I am known as “The Snack Queen.” But I don’t like it. (Please make sure and read the whole post. I am full of love and affection, not just sarcasm. But I am dripping today.)
♥ I don’t like that I have to work so dastardly hard to make a whole foods snack fun. (How can I make this apple just as appealing as Oreo cookies? Hmmm. Let me think. Let me think. Apple fritters. No, that won’t work. Apple pie. No. And think…)
♥ I don’t like the extra trip to the grocery store. (Oh, shoot. It’s our turn for snack. Just when is that going to fit into our day?)
♥ I don’t like seeing kids waste the grapes I brought. (Hey, those things are organic! I feed your kids nothing less than the best!)
♥ I don’t like snacks interfering with lunch and dinner. (“I just can’t understand why Sammie won’t eat his meatloaf and peas. He just doesn’t eat anything.” Yeah, right.)
♥ I don’t like that kids always have food in hand. (It’s 8 o’clock. Breakfast. 10 o’clock. Snack. 12 o’clock. Lunch. 2 o’clock. Snack. 4 o’clock. Snack. 6 o’clock. Supper. 8 o’clock. Snack. Hey, if you need medical reassurance that it’s okay to just feed your child three hearty meals a day with just one snack, I’m here to provide it.)
♥ I don’t like the covertly competitive nature of snacks. (You know what I mean, moms.)
♥ And yes, I don’t like the snacks you bring. (And I heard YOU whining about some mom looking at the label, worried about her kid’s food intolerances.)
But here it is. A nice way to package any whole food and make it just as much fun as an Oreo cookie. If I catch you Pinnin’ this and puttin’ Oreo cookies in there, I will…I will hunt you down. I will stare you in the face. And I will–
How to Package Any Whole Food For Soccer or Any Other Snack-Requiring Event
- Make baseballs, volleyballs, softballs, tennis balls. Make spider webs, pumpkins, sunshines, bugs.
- Fill with grapes, mandarin oranges, frozen blueberries, cut strawberries, raisins, trail mix, almonds, tiny baby carrots. Not Goldfish. Not fruit snacks.
- Don’t be makin’ fun of my soccer balls down here. I had three helping hands, and they did GREAT!
Those are Solo 3 and 1/4 ounces plastic “soufflé cups with lids.” Any smaller, and you won’t be fitting any snack in there. I bought them at a “Cash and Carry” store that services caterers. I looked, and you can get them on-line. This is not what I used, but it looks the same: Reditainer Plastic Cups.
And that’s the end of the soccer story for this year.
PS: I am the daughter of a woman who always made sure my teams and classes had snacks, albeit NOT nourishing ones. I always thought my mom was so cool because she was there for me and added those loving touches. So I am inwardly searching to keep my “snack revolution” in-line with the specialness that snacks can and do add to a child’s life.
Peace, love, and joy to you and your life.