I remember when Big A started kindergarten and it seemed like she was offered food at every turn. Then she joined soccer and seemed more interested in the snack than the game. Like a lot of parents, I wanted to positively influence the food environment without being “that mom.” You know, the one everyone (including kids) think of as big DUDs.
If you want to take positive action at home, school, sports, and even your work place, there’s a resource you need to know about. It’s an e-book from dietitian Sally Kuzemchak called The Snacktivist Handbook: How to Change the Junk Food Snack Culture at Schools, in Sports, and at Camp — and Raise Healthier Snackers at Home . And it’s got everything you need to big or small steps to a healthier food environment.
On her blog Real Mom Nutrition, Sally’s been writing about what she calls “snacktivism” for some time now. According to her book, she defines it this way:
Snactivism is a grassroots effort to improve the current culture of snacking. The way we do snacks today creates an unhealthy pattern that can ultimately affect the health of our kids….Snacktivism is NOT about giving up cookies and cupcakes. Instead, it’s about putting them back in their place as special occasion foods, not everyday choices.
Here’s what’s included in The Snacktivist’s Handbook:
There are personal stories of other parents who have had success changing the snack culture at school, sports, and local events. Whether it’s successfully getting healthy food offerings or changing the snack at soccer games to fruit and water, you’ll read about how other parents have made positive changes. It’s not only inspiring, but provides creative ideas on how to change things.
Snack Ideas & Recipes
The book is full of snack ideas and recipes that are easy, tasty, and pleasing to kids. Think Apple Nachos, Apricot Energy Bites, and Turkey Wraps. If you are running out of ideas or just need some inspiration, it’s all here.
Letter Templates & Tips
If you want to reach out to a teacher, coach, or camp director about snacks but aren’t sure what to say, The Snactivist’s Handbook has plenty of tips on how to foster good communication. Especially helpful are the letter templates you can tailor to meet your needs. All the sample communication pieces are respectful and help you get your point across without upsetting anyone.
If you work in education or just want to help get the word out about healthy snacking, there’s a list of printables that can help. From Myths About Sports Drinks to 20 Healthy Team Snacks to Food-Free Ways to Celebrate Birthdays at School, Sally has it covered.
You will not find a more comprehensive resource about positively influencing the environment (at home too) for healthy snacking than The Snacktivist’s Handbook. Even if you’re not quite sure you want to take action, the helpful ideas, information, and recipes alone make the book worth it.
Sally has The Snacktivist’s Handbook available for sale on her site, and she’s also offered to give one away to one of my readers. If you want the chance to win a copy leave a message saying why. The giveaway will end next Thursday the 10th. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of The Snacktivist’s Handbook