I Am Ten.

by Sarah on August 29, 2012 · 15 comments

Dearest Jenn, and What I Ate Wednesday pupils,

I fear I may be turning into a first grader.

Well, OK, my reading level and ability to see problems from another person’ perspective puts me more in the realm of a ten-year-old, rather than one of my six-year-old students, but, regardless, I feel as though have been regressing in age since the beginning of school.And it’s not just because I had to physically restrain myself from curling up with that giant teddy bear on a recent trip to Costco…or that my recent running obsession has me drinking fairly regularly out of a fitmixer (blender) bottle.

Or that I put ketchup on everything.

Teaching elementary school means you spend a lot of time talking to people vastly younger than you are. It only seems natural, then, that your food choices might start to imitate theirs. 

As I looked at the after-school snack I packed on Monday, I had to wonder if things had gone too far.

Granted, Wacky Apple applesauce and peanut butter Cheerios are quite tasty, and who doesn’t smile a bit when anything is packed into Goldie?*

*Although is it normal for a 28-year-old to name her Goldfish snack carrier? [Or to even have a Goldfish snack carrier?]But I can’t help but get the feeling that Sneaky Pete’s–while VERY thirst-quenching and the perfect low-calorie sweetness for an after-school rejuvenation–is intended for ‘sneaking’ fiber into the diets of small children.Even if it’s not–but with that logo…– another recent food find (sent to me by the lovely Heather) definitely seems aimed to please the ‘I’ll eat anything if I get to squeeze it from a tube-like container” palate of a kid(do).Speaking of bananas…when has mashed banana on toast EVER been something I cannot get enough of?*

*And thank you twitter and IG followers for confirming this was, in fact, the childhood snack-when-sick of Lorelai Gilmore on The Gilmore Girls.But, you know, eating like a kid really isn’t so bad. (Tuesday’s reminder of the joy of kiddie cereal made me happier than perhaps it should have.)

So for the moment I’ll stick to my finger foods and snackable lunches.

[And before you question it, Orange Miso Hummus has become kid food--at least according to the kids who brought it for lunch and instructed me on their parents' methods for making it at home.]

And I’ll continue to consume an exponentially increased amount of applesauce.

[Oats in an applesauce jar covered in PB2 peanut butter paste with a crumbled Spiced Peach + Date Protein + Fiber bar on top? YUM.] Besides, I can look on the bright side. My food choices might lean towards those of a six-year-old…but at least I can open my own (Simply) bars. :)

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Maria August 29, 2012 at 12:53 am

Lemon Chobani + Lucky Charms? Speaking my 10 year old language.

Also, if I didn’t hav a care in the world about nutrition, I’d live off of chicken nuggets, Flavor Blasted Goldfish (in Goldie of course) and cherry slushies.

p.s. I go through Fitmixer like crazy and just found it on Drugstore.com $8 cheaper than the original site and free shipping! Going for the grape this time to change it up. Sometimes my only reason for working out is so I can drink it.

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Sarah August 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

You will have to tell me about the fitmixer…I still haven’t opened my grape flavored packets. [For some reason I am hoarding them for some as-yet-unplanned-and-possibly-never-realized vacation? Even though I make my own 'to-go' fitmixer in those situations?] I also got my new tub from drugstore.com! :)

P.S. Once I wanted to drink it so badly I determined that teachin a cooking class was a legitimate workout. So I understand.

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Maria August 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

The grape flavor is pretty good for a change, but I think that stuff is loaded with caffeine! I got all jittery around drinking some this morning! Crazy!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

At least you have the excuse of being a teacher. I have that same banana squeeze tube. And a couple of apple-strawberry ones… you know, to take on business trips in case there’s no fruit. Smashed banana on bread rocks… have you ever tried putting it under the broiler for a sec after you add the banana? Like dessert, I tell you.

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 29, 2012 at 6:34 am

I loved Gilmore Girls!! Yes, her mother claimed that was the childhood snack she would feel Lorelei when she was sick. But Lorelei didn’t remember ever having it and when she did eat it at an adult, she thought it was disgusting haha! ;)

I’m such a dork. But I don’t care. That show was the best!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables August 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

Its ok. I still regularly eat my smoothies with a baby spoon. And I’ve been known to pack those baby food snacks (you know, the puffed cereal things) to work… some times kids get the best snack stuff!!!

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Cari August 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

1. I love PB cheerios and squeeze fruits!
2. Sneaky Pete’s sounds tasty :) . Do you know what flavors they have? (and what store do you find them in?)
3. I have a Goldfish snack container, too– mine opens a little differently and has sunglasses, though :)

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Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count August 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

I love cereal in my yogurt, but it’s not usually Lucky Charms! ;-) I also love applesauce in my oats!

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Eating 4 Balance August 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

If I could eat lucky charms and chobani, I would have that snack for the rest of my life! Lucky Charms=my childhood :D

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice August 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Oh my gosh! I haven’t had lucky charms in forever!! I’ve been craving cinnamon toast crunch recently.
I also have a stash of those baby fruit/veggie puree’s. They are great for making protein frostings, mug muffins, yogurt blends, etc.

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I LOVE Gilmore Girls!! I made the hubby watch every episode with me! lol.. I like your kiddy eats!

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Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda) August 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I loved me some Gilmore Girls. <3 the chobani and lucky charms ;)

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Kat @ a dash of fairydust August 30, 2012 at 6:03 am

Oh,I can’t tell you how much I love this post!
Let’s be honest,is there anything better than old childhood favorites actually? I love the taste of nostalgia sometimes; it makes me remember the old days when I was a little girl and didn’t need to worry about anything (serious – of course,I had to worry about minor things,like “How can I bring mom to allow me to stay up longer?” ;) )… Haa,memories,memories.

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

This post is adorable! And having fun is important – no matter your age. :) I don’t think I’ll ever give up snacking on cereal! Definitely one of my favorite treats then and now.

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 10, 2012 at 2:43 am

Is it bad that I’m totally jealous of your Lucky Charms? FAVORITE cereal as a kid, but I haven’t had it in FOREVER! I’d buy a box, but I’d probably eat the whole freaking thing in like a day! Lol

I new you’d like the little squeeze smoothies! I may or may not have had one hanging from my mouth the other day as I was driving around town running errands! ;)

I want a goldfish snack carrier! And that giant teddy bear!

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