I can remember, coming home from school, and my mom offering me healthy snack after healthy snack. She would always include some sort of protein, usually cheese or peanut butter, along with some fruit and such. In fact, so standard was my mom’s practice to have a healthy snack on hand, that when I ran into a childhood friend of mine with whom I had lost touch, she said, “I remember how your mom always had cheese and a snack whenever I came over to your house after school.”
I had partially forgotten my mom’s talent for having an after school snack on hand for me and my friends, until I realized last week that I am following in her wise footsteps. You see, the younger version of me and low blood sugar, aka, an empty tummy, did not mix well. Even today, as an older, more mature (pause for eye roll) adult, I don’t always have the best attitude or outlook if I am over-hungry. And by all accounts, R is following in *my* footsteps.
As I have shared in prior posts, I can almost always tell if R has eaten a good amount of his lunch or not, without even looking in his lunch bag. His mood and attitude give him away every time; a rotten or grumpy mood tells me he has excess food still in his bag.
On the days when R comes how with a bad case of grumpy-itis, I have to work quickly to avoid a total meltdown or a “go to your room” moment. My approach starts with having him finish his lunch as soon as we walk in the house. Unless the lunch was a total dud in his mind, he usually complies and this gives me a little time to get another snack in his ravenous hands.
Side note: there are also times when his water thermos comes home almost completely full. I’ve found that a good couple swigs of water can also help positively affect his mood too.
So once R is home, our most favorite popular after school snack include whole wheat crackers, some fruit, maybe yogurt, peanut butter or hummus. In other words, R has fulfilled the role of “younger me” as the ravenous, somewhat grumpy student, and I have become the “mom,” making sure R has some protein and other healthy snacks.
Like, I said, what goes around, comes around…
Also like my mom, from time to time I step up my game and whip up a treat for after school, just to give R a special snack.
I’ll share a favorite recipe for an easy
baked treat later this week!