I read an article the other day about how you can shop organic on a budget! And it made it sound so easy! Anyone can do it!
Except it held two premises: 1) Shopping around is a necessity 2) Making tons of things yourself solves snacking problems.
First of all – I have no desire right now to go all organic/whole/natural. It doesn’t fit in my life and it’s not something I’m really putting at a high priority anyway. BUT – it frustrates me when people don’t openly acknowledge that you really need either A) Time or B) Money to go all organic/whole/natural.
Now…I believe that if it were a priority we could cancel our cable package and spend more money on organic foods. But again – not THAT big of a concern for me. Not more than making sure I see the next episode of Vampire Diaries. But the time issue. I HAVE NO TIME.
But in the end? I’m happy with my life. My children get dinner I made at least 6 nights a week. That’s the huge priority I place in my busy life. Home-cooked dinner. At a table, in our house.
The rest? Cake.
Last Saturday the kids had soccer games while I did my pacing/mentor run with Fleet Feet. I met them at the game and then they changed out of their uniforms in the bathroom. We went straight to a local carnival. The kids had a BALL!
But did I have time to hand-make snacks or cook them an organic lunch? No. Did I have money to buy them an organic meal someplace other than the carnival? No. Did I plan ahead? Nope. We just walked into the cafeteria with our lunch tickets after playing and jumping and ate hot dogs and potato chips.
And then we jumped in the car and headed to the pumpkin patch!
It’s a 30-minute drive and the we played for a couple of hours, finalizing our trip with a hayride to the pumpkin patch. After all of that? The kids were hungry again! One pumpkin-patch snack bar later and they hat hot dogs and orange soda in pumpkin cups. NUTRITIONAL WIN!
Of course I feel a little bad, wished that maybe the kids didn’t eat two hot dog meals in one day. But…BUT…it’s easily justifiable. For me, anyway. Because I grew up in a house with a Dad who very openly believed that any time spent stressing about food was wasted. We ate frozen egg rolls and cans of beef stew most nights. So, it’s easy for me to look past things like hot dog meals twice in one day, especially if that day involved the MOST FUN THINGS EVER.
So, I vow to still cook as many dinners as possible for my kids, so that double-hot dog days carry less nutritional weight in the long run. Hopefully my kids will grow up for an appreciation for home-cooked meals, but also an appreciation for hot dogs at the carnival. Or at least an appreciation for orange soda out of pumpkin cups…because come ON. That’s pretty cool.