We’re at that side of the food cycle — little is left in the refrigerator, grocery shopping day is next week. Luckily, the kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I can see them as a prominent menu item for the next few days.
I’ve noticed, though, that lots of folks seem sorta against the old PB&J. Allergies aside, why? Okay, there can be a lot of sugar in the sandwich, sure, but choose the right brands and it’s natural sugar. We buy all-fruit instead of regular jelly, whole wheat bread instead of white (my kids rarely get white, so when they do it’s like a party, bread ball-rolling and all). It seems like a pretty healthy thing to eat. I mean, it’s not bologna.
I just read a blurb on another blog by someone whose company has organic, all-natural food choices (via recipes or an actual store) for parents who are sick of “feeding their kids the usual mac & cheese, PB&J, and hot dogs”. But it was phrased in a way that made those things somehow, I don’t know, poisonous, and parents who chose those items deserved a visit from the department of social services. Um. My aunt makes an awesome mac & cheese, and while I’m sure that the fat content isn’t the lowest in the world, it’s not bad-for-you food. Turkey dogs are also a quick, healthy meal.
I’m getting very tired of people who think they know better than I do what to feed my kids.
Okay, we all know that kids should be eating a grilled chicken salad with a balsamic vinaigrette on the side every day for lunch. And dinner. Low fat, high fiber, organic ingredients. But some of us live in the real world where sometimes a budget doesn’t allow for the best food choices. I’m glad my kids will eat grilled salmon, wild rice and salad — I just can’t always afford to serve it to a family of six.
And a PB&J is just the thing during those times. To the food nazis, well, stop picking on the most popular sandwich in the world, and pull up a chair.
If you’re good I’ll give you some blue corn tortilla chips. ‘Cause I’m that kind of mom.