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Schools, lunches, snacks and more – whats wrong with this picture?


Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Dana a fellow blogger from My Hot Pink Apron  and we got to chatting about the school systems and lack of attention to the right kind of nutrition information being presented to our children.    Now I understand that kids have peanut allergies and most schools have adopted a no nuts mandate but come on – since when should the fact that an item has a “no peanuts” symbol constitute a “good” snack.

Of course a lot of this can be dictated by the teachers and school staff and of course lead by example at home BUT, like society in general a matter of convenience has been inflicted on us parents – especially ones that do try to eat healthy, whole foods.     The message that the kids are getting (even in a household like mine that promotes healthy eating) and that is being enforced by teachers and school staff  alike is that if its nut free its ok to take to school – therefore must be a good snack/lunch choice.

Case in point,  my daughter was in JK last year – her teacher had a rule of no (items that spill) in the classroom – which is fine,  however, they also want items that the kids can eat quickly, bring their garbage home with them (don’t even get me started on the excess garbage we go thru because everything has to be individually wrapped with the no peanuts symbol),  and the kids can open without help.  Still ok and easy – ya right!  – for a week or month or two – then the kids boredom with a granola bar (never mind its frowned upon to send “homemade” items as the school wants to see the no peanut symbol) – and a fruit with water. Veggies and Dip are out – dip spills, as does hummas, yoghurt, yogurt tubes, applesauce etc.

My daughter who loves to grocery shop with me –  we were shopping for something new for her to take in her lunches – and she picked up a bag of “Fudge-o” cookies and insisted that she could have them because “Look Mommy – it has the no peanut symbol on it!”  …. this coming from the little girl that knows that too much juice is not a good thing – “Too much sugar – right Mom”  and that junk food is a treat “Oh Mommy I think my tummy hurt/arm hurts/head hurt whatever) because of all that “junk” I ate earlier/yesterday etc….”   and likes sandwiches with “just salad (lettuce), tomato and meat”.   Neither of my kids will touch white bread as they’ve only grown up on rye or pumpernickel.

What is wrong here?   Why is it so difficult to access good information – why isn’t there a “nutrition & our youth”  portion of the school curriculum?  money? time?  resources?    Myself – I’d love to be invited to my daughter or son’s class room to do some one on one experiment with the kids  – how much sugar is there in a cup of juice?  a can of pop?  chocolate milk?     So why is it so difficult to gain a platform to speak to the kids in a school setting?  How about a after school or evening workshop for parents – How to make 15 easy interchangeable lunches & snacks?  hmmmm?

In these days of convenience and time/resource restrictions and social economic pressure – shouldn’t we be encouraging our youth to enlist their parents in buying from local farmers, and supporting local business and creating good snacks from whole food and especially in the very young – instill good eating habits and choices to help our youth educate themselves and grow into confident young adults ready to make their own choices.

So I leave you with this question – what are you putting in your kids lunches this September?

I love to hear your comments/suggestions- please feel free to leave a reply!

Like this post – check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – can’t wait for it to start again for a new season!

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What am I all about?


Well I think its high time, since I’ve had this blank blog for almost a month now to create something profound and important and share with you all …. wait – I don’t really have anything profound to blog about – important?  well I guess that all depends on who’s reading!  Welcome to my blog – I write about the things that are important to me – nutrition, and well living whilst dabbling in a bit of humor and story telling (all true!!) wanna come along for the ride?  Fasten your seat belt here we go!

An intro might be in order – as much as I’d love to say I was fun, fit, and fabulous  – I’d be fibbing (see that literary skill with alteration pretty impressive eh?) so I will go with a definite fun and fabulous and striving to be fit.   O ya – I happen to be Canadian too (just in case you didn’t catch the “eh” at the end of my last sentence).  Of course I do have 2 young children, a husband and am starting a business,  so sometimes I’m just having a fit, or fit to be tied or not “fitting” into an outfit … But then I digress…. so besides being a typical time crunched mom I also used to be a commuter – used to be is the key there – ahhh there’s something to be missed about sitting in traffic breathing in environmental toxins and elevating your blood pressure for 3 hours a day isn’t there? – (Ya like you miss having a root canal).

When I decided to leave my corporate job and go out on my own I thought hmmm, what interests me?  What am I good at?  Well I love cooking so I started there.  I looked at my past situation – that being no time to do anything let alone nutrition – I mean I know its important but who the heck has time to whip something up after work before taking the kids to swimming, dancing, gymnastics or whatever else maybe on the agenda?  So I looked around – and hey wow there were lots of people just like me! I started doing some market research and found out some interesting stuff I mean facts.   Like – how about the fact of the 100 ish families  I surveyed 47% of them eat take out, or hit the drive thru 1-2 times a week for dinner 19% go thru 3-4 times a week.  Wow!  Then those same people stated that they check the nutritional breakdowns in the food they buy and are concerned about sodium, fats, and cholesterol and overall nutrition. Whaaaa?  Does anyone else see a contradiction here?   Everyone knows its bad but save from making things yourself, there just aren’t a lot of options out there.   This spoke to me – actually jumped up – slapped me in the face, wiggled its butt and shouted to me – WOOOOO – Girl I think you are on to something here … and thats how my story begins….

Once upon a time there was a girl named Joy that loved to cook, and be healthy, and live well and wanted her cake and to eat it too (‘cos everyone knows there are no calories in cake)  and so I bring you Joy In Your Kitchen.  – I’m not here to tout the virtues of my business – you can visit my web site for that  – I want to share with you my passion for living well (mentally, emotionally and physically) and along the way share some of my more humorous stories, trials and tribulations  – cos everyone knows that laughter is the BEST medicine and there’s just nothing better sometimes then a good ‘ol belly laugh ….

Welcome to my blog.