Sometimes the best of intentions go awry. With Halloween just past, I figured a good dose of vitamins and nutrients in the form of a healthy snack would be just what the doctor ordered. A good idea? Yes. A well received idea? Not so much.
This weeks snack was red and yellow peppers, cucumber slices, mini cauliflower flowerettes and hummus to dip. GREAT snack, right?
For the grades 6-8, I have to be honest, it was not a hit! It is interesting, because I chose this snack not only for the health benefits, but because in the past it has been one of the most popular! The peppers especially. The draw of bright colours has always been a hit with the kids, and yellow peppers aren’t something they all see very often. This time though, we got snubbed! Literally… huffs and puffs walking by the table. At first I was shocked, then I took a step back and looked around….. I saw a lot of colourful foods – bags of chips, candy bars and lolly pops….not ‘food’ exactly, but it sure was colourful! I guess my idea of colour didn’t compare to the brightly coloured wrappers of all their left over Halloween treats. Sigh…..
On a positive note though, the kindergarden classes devoured theirs, and were begging for more – even the cauliflower was a huge hit!! They needed twice the amount of hummus provided and were frowning when it was all gone. Grades 1 – 5 had a positive reception for the most part with most trays coming back nearly empty.
Lesson learned? Maybe. Truthfully, although there were loads of leftovers from the older grades, the little ones and their eagerness was totally worth it. Next time though, maybe I’ll do the super healthy snack BEFORE Halloween… not right after ;o)
Veggies and Hummus are still a great snack choice in my book! Fear not – some things take time. Repeated attempts are needed for new lessons to sink in…. remember the toddler years? We didn’t give up so easily back then, so why should it be any different now?
I WILL serve this snack again, and it WILL be different…. you’ll see…..