Why I Hate T-Ball Snack Duty
At the beginning of this month, my son's second T-ball season came to an end, and I breathed a sigh of relief. T-ball snack duties were officially over! When we first signed my son up for T-ball last year, I couldn't wait for snack duty. I also couldn't wait to see what other parents would bring for snack duty. I had visions of teammates snacking on freshly cut apple slices with peanut butter and guzzling down ice-cold water. Never did I imagine my child would be crunching down Doritos and sipping “fruit” punch (that contains zero fruit in its ingredients).
Game after game, I watched parents bring unhealthy snacks to fuel the team. I try hard not to judge other parents, but when you bring the team chocolate chip cookies and sugar-laden drinks as a snack, it's incredibly hard for me not to roll my eyes. Is this what you feed your children on a regular basis? When I was complaining to another mom about this, she reminded me that, sadly, some children are never served fruit at home.
I also wonder if parents realize just how much sugar and how little nutrients are in snack choices that are disguised as healthy. Deceptive packaging such as “no artificial flavors or coloring” or “all-natural ingredients” can be confusing. One of the so-called juices that was handed out at T-ball on more than one occasion had a shocking 23 grams of sugar in it, which is equivalent to four teaspoons of granulated sugar. Beyond the crazy amount of sugar in these drinks, they have little to no nutritional value.
What's wrong with serving the team water and fresh fruit such as apples or bananas? To me, a few extra dollars is a worthy investment to my child's health. I know a few sugary beverages and junk-food snacks are not going to destroy my child's health or dental hygiene. Yet, the repeated exposure to these foods after a game or practice is not teaching them how to fuel their body with the healthy foods required to participate in sports.
Midway into the season, my husband suggested I do something positive to channel all my bad feelings about team snacks such as a starting a grassroots effort for healthier snacks. As good of an idea as his suggestion was, I knew I wouldn't have the time to put into starting it this season. My youngest is under a year, and I work full time. Next year, though, I will begin my efforts to create a change at the beginning of the season.
What are snacks like on your child's sporting team?