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I’m always fascinated by the way kids think. Why they do the things that they do. I love how loyal they are. I also love how susceptible they are to suggestion. I can vividly remember getting Big Girl to eat her dinner by telling her that so-and-so, a friend from nursery school, LOVED what we [...]

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I was in Target the other day shopping for Valentine’s Day cards for Little Girl. (Big Girl got more expensive, infinitely cooler cootie catcher cards.) As we were walking past an endcap, Little Girl spotted fishies, asking me to buy them. Knowing that the Pepperidge Farm pretzel Goldfish are one of my husband’s favorites, I [...]

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Foods that Poor People Eat

I can remember sitting down to snacks of powdered mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese. (Even as a child I craved carbs!) I’d come home to an empty house and want to eat something. My mom was not one to buy a lot of junk food, but she did buy boxed side dishes. And so [...]

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One of the most wasteful places, in my opinion, is the school lunchroom. Lots, and I do mean LOTS, of single-serve containers, wrappers, and packages. Take fruit leather, for example. They usually come in a box, each fruit bar individually wrapped. The boxes cost $4 for eight. (Or about $.50 each.) Recently, I came upon [...]

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When Big Girl went to preschool, I sent a snack for her every single day. EVERY day. I wanted nothing to do with the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers that the school doled out. Thinking back, I was probably extremely forceful about it. Extremely. That’s why, when Little Girl walked into the classroom last week, the [...]

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That’s a pretty bold thing to say, right? School lunches were never really on my radar before this summer. They were something I never had to worry about. Big Girl was in private school. A very nice private school without a cafeteria. We were instructed to send in whole, healthy fare — vegetarian if possible. [...]

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I’ve been complaining about the quality of kids’ snacks for a while now. Many traditional manufacturers seem to put little if any thought into the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup. Preservatives. Artificial colors. Artificial flavors. Hydrogenated oils. The more unpronounceable the ingredient, the better. Case in point: traditional General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups. Check out the [...]

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At the beginning of the year, my first-grader ate whatever I put into her lunch box. It came back empty every day. These days, however, I guess the honey wheat pretzels and animal crackers I’ve been sending aren’t cool. There have been many days her box comes back full to the brim minus the sandwich [...]

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National Snack Food Month: Who Knew?

I got a press release the other day informing me that February is National Snack Food month, a distinction created by the Snack Food Association back in 1989 to build awareness during an otherwise slow sales month. As I sit here eating Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Hearts (yum!), I realize I am not one of [...]

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