Sometimes it's wearisome to go to the grocery store, and I'm not talking about dragging the kids around, saying no to the things they want to put in the cart, and trying to conjure up from my memory everything I put on my "list" (aka the I-can-remember-that list in my mind).
I'm talking about avoiding the high fructose corn syrup, and the preservatives, and the artificial flavors, and the artificial colors and and and. Like I said, wearisome. During the school year, I only let the baby dills take water, 100% fruit juice, or chocolate milk (without high fructose corn syrup, of course) in their lunches.
Olive came home from school one day to tell me of a girl in her class who brings two cans of orange soda to lunch every single day. Does she drink them? Both? I asked. Yes, she said giggling. I didn't know what to say to her except, I'm sorry, you have a mean mother. So, a little more variety is always nice, to keep their lunches interesting, but difficult because I still want something healthy.
When I opened up the box of Capri Sun Super V juice drink (a mixture of 100% fruit and vegetable juice), I was curious how they would react. I wondered if the older ones who can read VEGETABLE right on the juice container might instantly rebel. The younger ones would be going purely on taste. So?!
Azure and Clover were the first and they were delighted, especially because it was on a hot day and I sent them outside to eat. They came back in, wanting more! I ate one (because I was the "control" of the experiment and really like that it wasn't as sweet as a regular fruit juice. Just knowing I was enjoying a refreshingly cool snack all the while ingesting one of the most nutrient-laden foods made me feel a bit...smug.
I sat there, eyebrows raised, waiting for the complaints of "not sweet enough", or "tastes funny", but they never came. Not only did the complaints never come, everyone had another, and then we had to pick a number between one and ten for the last juice because 4 of them wanted it! Lucky number 9 was the winner. Olive was crushed, and there might have been tears. I consoled her by telling her we could just go to the grocery store and get another box the next time we were there. Such drama around here.
I'm looking forward to rotating these in school lunch choices. Meanwhile, I have quite an impressive giveaway for you. It's a sweepstakes for a Grand Prize of a $1,000 Visa Gift Card and $500 (runner up) gift card! What's your healthful secret? Do you have to sneak in vegetables, or do your kids just eat them up?
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