Making a game out of snack time

Cassie displays one serving of candy corn

Next to “Poopball” and Apples to Apples, the game my kids play most often these days is “Eat this, Not That.”

This week Cassie and Colleen were comparing the relative merits of two leftover birthday party treats: single servings of an “autumn mix” of candy corn and pumpkins — 15 pieces dutifully counted and bagged to control portion size — vs. snack-size Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins.

In that round, the peanut butter pumpkin was the clear winner, scoring just 2 Weight Watchers points plus to 4 for the corn.

But both of these snacks are mostly sugar. “They taste good,” Cassie said, “but you have to be careful because the sugar might make you wish you could have more.”

Colleen displays a "Reese cup" in which the candy is just a garnish on top of raw oats and Fat Free Cool Whip.

To make things more interesting, in Round 2 we chopped up a Reese pumpkin and used it to garnish 1/4 cup of raw oats topped with with 2 tablespoons of Fat Free Cool Whip.

The resulting “Reese cup” looked — and tasted — like a more decadent snack. But when I helped the girls run the numbers, we discovered that it, like the candy corn, came out to 4 points plus.

A tie. But not really, because the Reese cup was much more filling, with fiber, protein and actual nutrients.

“It’s Reese’s, which I love. It’s Cool Whip, which I love. And it’s oats, which I love. Put them altogether, and it’s …. Yummmm!” said Colleen, depositing her spoon in the sink.

*“Poopball” is very similar to dodgeball but is so named because of the odd-looking dog toy that was pressed into duty during a sleepover several years ago. Though it’s most often played with a Nerf ball these days, the name stuck).

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3 Responses to Making a game out of snack time

  1. Shanny says:

    I love that your kids get involved at this early stage in *understanding* nutrition and calories. I am always shocked when I run across adults who don’t understand the difference between certain types of calories or who don’t know how to read a nutrional label.

    You are giving your children the gift of a knowledge that will help them to keep themselves healthy for their lives!

    • tischcaylor says:

      Well …. in many ways what I’m actually trying to do is “undo” the damage I caused by not modeling good eating habits in their formative years. But thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Shanny says:

    LOL! Don’t be too hard on yourself, we do the best we can with what we have at the moment and that’s all anyone can ask of us, including ourselves. Now you know and model better and that’s great!

    I really enjoy your blog!

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