Let’s talk about snacks…

I want to talk about snacks with the parents in the house. 

Is there a protocol? An unspoken rule? Please… Enlighten me.  I want to explain what happened to us in the spring when Linus signed up for t-ball, and compare that to what happened to us during the boys soccer season (currently underway).

Essentially, t-ball snack time went something like this.  After the t-ball game all the kids ran over to the designated snack-providing family, at which point the parent(s) would open a bag and produce a juice box and a rice krispies square for all the kids and siblings.  They are nut-free and if you buy them at Costco, quite inexpensive.  Problem is, there are brutally unhealthy and full of chemicals.


Drinking juice at 8pm made my son nuts – his bed time is usually 7pm, or just after – and the rice krispies burned my kids (and some parents) lips.  That is just disgusting.  But the precedent was set.  Week after week, parents produced the sugar water and bag of chemicals and the kids loved them… Until it was our turn.  We brought watermelon.  The kids LOVED that.  They ate it all up, as did some of the parents.

So fast forward to soccer.  As I’m sure I mentioned previously, I am coaching both my boys soccer team, one on Monday and the other Tuesdays, and being the coach, I get to arrange the snack schedule.  So I made sure that myself, or a friend of ours who share the healthy, no-sugar / chemicals mentality, brought snack for the first coupe of weeks so that we could show the parents what to bring and instead of seeing a steady stream of crap, we get some healthy snacks… It is summer afterall, and fresh fruit is a plenty and quite inexpensive.   What would you rather have – let your kids eat?  $3.97 box of Rice Krispy treats, $1.99 bag of 12 fresh oranges?  It’s a no-brainer.

But last week at soccer, someone brought flavoured, frozen sugar “juice” and another brought some product called a dunk-a-roo.  Those are the cookies that come with a cup of “chocolate” to dip the cookie in.  Not great for 8pm.  Tonight, the kids had juice and Bear Paws (chocolate ones) after the game.  As a result, Linus did not get to sleep until 9:30pm.

So my question to the parents reading this is;

Do you think it is irresponsible of parents to bring unhealthy snacks for kids after sporting events?  Or is “unhealthy” up for debate.  Granted the snacks are peanut-free, the sugar keeps some kids up for hours.

I bring this up as a father commented to me that some of the moms were clearly disapproving of the snack last week and he wondered how I felt about it and whether I should address it – to those Moms – not to be picky or choosy.  I disagreed with him and explained that some moms do not allow their kids to eat processed sugary foods and it was well within their right to be displeased about the snacks.



5 thoughts on “Let’s talk about snacks…

  1. mamasnotes September 17, 2010 / 8:07 am

    I am going to add now that parents who give their kids bear paws have clearly never tasted them. We went to a meet the teacher BBQ at Monkeys school last night and the deal was a hotdog/hamburger, drink, bag of chips and a bear paw…My kids looked at the bear paw on the table and said what is that, so I told them it was like a cookie and decided to let them try it. They opened one pack between the three of them, each took one bite and didn’t finish, so I decided to try it. They are DISGUSTING, you can pretty much taste some funky/chemical/processed taste. It was awful. I am glad I let them try it so on their own they decided they didn’t like them, but gross. I am sure parents who give them to their kids have never tried them.


  2. mamasnotes September 13, 2010 / 10:30 am

    With monkeys soccer we were lucky that the parents all brought some form of fruit, usually a couple of different options, like grapes and oranges or watermelon and blueberries etc so that the kids had a variety to choose from. I will admit that we were the only ones who brought a big cooler of water on our snack day as everyone else brought juice. With Teddy’s team it was all bear paws and dunkeroos…and I like you was thinking what is going through these peoples heads, where are the healthy snacks! And on our snack day we brought strawberries, grapes and blueberries and the kids crowded around and didn’t want to leave snack. I also had this problem with Teddy’s first preschool, it was set up that each child took a turn at bringing snack for the class, all that came in were dunkeroos, cupcakes (not even homemade but boxed ones), boxed cookies etc. Again there was only us and one other parent who brought in healthy snacks. I think that some people are so scared by all the no nut rules that they just run out and buy that pre packed nut free garbage and forget that kids actually love getting fruit/veggies/cheese etc for snack and it is a great way to balance out what they are eating as when they see all their friends sit down to whole wheat crackers and cheese cubes or fresh berries and yogurt they love to get in and eat it too. I actually pulled monkey out of the first preschool he was registered in because snack had to be nut free, with the unopened packages brought to school and opened in the kitchen there so that the teacher could ensure it was “prepared” in a nut free kitchen! I couldn’t handle that.


  3. Dawn September 8, 2010 / 7:54 pm

    I think people are so brain washed that sugar is a form of love, that they fear is they don’t bring the sugar that they will be frowned upon. Most people are just not informed how harmful and toxic these treats are. Kids are just as happy with orange or apple slices home-ade muffins , carrots and hummas or what ever they get used to. The mentality that kids won’t like anything healthy is just not true… There are many fun delicious healthy treats that once kids expectations are changed that they will be happy with.Parents need to take action and be role models.

    Dawn Lerman
    Growing up with a fat dad


  4. Eric September 8, 2010 / 11:50 am

    I agree with you. While we are far from a “healthy” family, we do moderate what our kids take in. We finished T Ball in June and we were one of the last ones to bring snacks. There was a spectrum of snacks through the season, but nothing as obscure like Dunk a Roos.



  5. mapsgirl September 8, 2010 / 11:30 am

    When our daughter played soccer one summer (and one summer only as her idea of “play” was standing around), the coach set the bar by telling parents when it was their turn to bring “water and oranges”. We weren’t given another option.

    And I’m sorry, my kids don’t get Dunkaroos at any time of the day, never mind 8 at night. What are those parents thinking?


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