Before we had kids, our pantry was fairly sterile. My husband and I both worked and usually went to the gym in the evening. Dinner on those nights often consisted of a salad from the salad bar at Earthfare. I didn’t cook much before kids, but whatever we ate was a good balance of protein, carbs and veggies.
Our pantry is much different now. Even though I make 3 meals a day for the boys, they like to have snacks. That means there is a lot more food in our house that is tempting, more food that is off limits to a diabetic.
Before I read Michael Pollan’s, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I occassionally took the boys to McDonald’s for a treat. Now, as a more informed consumer, I try not to buy anything with high fructose corn syrup, and that makes shopping for the family difficult… Try to not buy any foods with HFCS for 1 week, try finding bread for sandwiches without HFCS. ( I always thought Pepperidge Farm breads were healthy!?!) Or try finding jelly without that syrupy corn stuff for that matter. It’s not easy. Try shopping with your children and avoiding HFCS. Not easy. The other day, Miles wanted Shrek drinkable yogurts (which are sweetened with HFCS) and when I said no, he began to cry in the middle of the aisle. So finding snacks for the boys without HFCS is a challenge. I was thrilled when I read in the NYTimes this week that Kellogg announced that it would stop using licensed characters or branded toys to promote foods unless the products meet the nutrition guidelines.
Kids have to be kids, and I don’t want mine to think too much about food and sugar. Even though I can’t snack throughout the day like my kids can, and I can’t eat the fruit snacks or cheese crackers like they do, I can’t ban those foods from our pantry. I don’t want to be the house at halloween serving apples, I don’t want to be the house where the kids go home hungry because I was serving celery and cheese sticks for snacks….I won’t go that far. Dale and I want the kids to be regular kids, and that means that when I came home from my run this morning, there was a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the counter, and Miles had a big smile on his face.