College cooking – simple meals: Back to school ideas continued for parents of college students.
This post is for my dear friends who are beyond stressing about the nutritional value of fruit snacks and juice packs. These friends have real worries. Their children are returning to college, – that mecca of junk food and questionable-cafeteria fare. And no sensible parent will be there to read the nutrition labels!! Will 18 years of healthy eating be wiped out in a semester? Yes, moms are in a panic. What to do?
Simple meals and microwaves are my suggestions for healthy college cooking. The way I look at it is that college students don’t think about eating until they’re hungry. Then they eat whatever is closest that tastes best. Proximity and flavor trump nutrition. Thus, with vending machines close at hand, little college cooking ever gets done.
But armed with this insight, the conscientious college parent has a chance at tilting the windmill and winning the healthy, college cooking battle. Keep reading to find out the parent’s secret weapon and cunning strategy!
Back to school ideas for kids’ lunch boxes! Gotta’ get those back to school snacks. Gotta pack those back to school lunches. Gotta get organized.
Our summer schedule just started feeling routine. Now I’m walking through discount-store aisles with children insisting on plastic folders depicting exact likeness of Harry Potter. School supply list specifies brand, size and quantities of scissors, markers, and glue. Children will accept no substitutions.
And at the bottom of the list? “Snack”, followed by the school-regulation-defined nutritional content of said “Snack”. “Snack” is not to exceed certain quotients of white sugar or trans-fats. Difficult list, difficult snack. What to get? What to pack?
I ask, “Can I make something?”
Ugh. The school nutrition regulations are burdensome enough. But now I’ve hit the pre-teen specifications for snack appearance. Oh, you wonder moms who snip your toddler’s snacks into glorious shapes of dinosaurs and kitty-cats. You are Sooooo lucky. Remember these beneficent years, for too soon you too will have to CONFORM to the pre-teen regulations specifying the “acceptable snack”. Keep reading if you need back to school ideas for elusive pre-teen snacks and what to pack in those back to school lunch boxes.