Yes, most of the snack foods for kids are probably a lot healthier than they were when we were kids — baby carrots, apple wedges, some weird organic fruit squeeze pouches — but just how many snacks do kids need? I swear you can’t hold a kid event nowadays without having a snack on the way to it, a snack during it, and then a goodbye snack after it.
Seriously? Kids can survive an hour without food.
But all that said …
I went to a birthday party the other day, and one of the parents whipped out a cooler filled with icy cold Capri Suns, and it occurred to me that I haven’t had a pouch drink in literally decades. My poor daughter didn’t even know how to put the straw in.
What else, I wondered, has she been missing?
Oddly, in an age when more snacks seem available and served all. the. time., parents have simultaneously sucked the joy out of snack time. Maybe five less servings of organic, sugar-free, protein-rich, gluten-free after school specials could mean one more, say, Zinger?
The party got me thinking of my favorite childhood snacks, the ones that parents nowadays have declared verboten. I haven’t seen these in ages, and, frankly, in some circles, you’d be ostracized for even thinking of serving them. But please, think of the children. I bet they’d love them. At least maybe once a year …
If it’s time for a crap food comeback, here’s my Top 7 Old School Snacks.
Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!
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