However, here I am and H is for Hungry! (If this were a “P” post, it could be Paperwork)
As soon as the kids get in the van after school, I can tell by their voices if they ate all their lunch. Whiny and impatient means one of two things: 1. They didn’t like what was in their lunch and therefore didn’t eat it or 2. There wasn’t enough of something, either food or time. “Baby Bear, did you eat your lunch?” “Well, yeah,” is the mumbled response. “Did you eat all of your lunch?” And she launches into some sort of elaborate excuse as to why she didn’t eat all of something …”Why not finish it now?” Some days, when we are running to skating, I pack her an extra lunch or a yogurt-protein shake and a granola bar. She eats on the drive from the school to the rink. The key with her hunger (and with most of the members of our family it seems) it ensuring there is a source of protein in that snack.
An oatmeal cookie and an apple is a great snack, but unless I have added some protein powder (or at least a good dose of skim milk powder) to the oatmeal cookie dough, that snack will only hold her through about half of her ice time. That means we are dealing with a grumpy bear again when we return to the rink to collect her. And (as all parents I am sure would agree) one of my pet peeves is, “Can I have some money for the machine? Pleeeeeeeassssseeeee!” Just like my father, I never have any money when this question is asked. Or I only have a twenty dollar bill.
Nutrition experts will tell you that your young athlete needs to be eating those complex carbohydrates, like those found in whole grains and fruit and veggies. And yes, that is very true, but my children are both the same, without that added bit of protein at snack time, they won’t make it to the next meal (not in a good mood anyway). I am not talking about a piece of steak! But rather a whole grain roll-up with a smear of peanut butter and a banana, or a half a cup of cottage cheese, a rice cake and an apple. This is where those dear little “cheese strings” come in handy! I cringe at all the packaging, but the serving size and the portability make them a staple in our house, for things like lunch boxes, long car rides or as part of a quick snack before soccer or baseball, or skating.