So, this week marked the first week back to school for kids here in the Cleve. It’s September 1st and 90 degrees outside, perfect!
I remember growing up and being so excited for the first day of school. I always had a new outfit to wear along with the coolest binders (trapper keeper anyone?) and supplies. As I got older, the excitement faded away as I slowly realized getting older also marks the inevitable demise of summer. Now, I forget that I used to have summers off. How great is that? I think we could all use a little 3 month summer break in our life.
Anyway, I read an article today about childhood obesity and school lunches. Obviously, the lunches offered at schools are not the healthiest. They aren’t full of salad bars, grilled chicken, or fresh fruit. It’s more like sloppy joe’s, grilled cheese, and chicken fingers. I get it though: they’re feeding a ton of kids and have to do it at the cheapest price, so I’m sure it’s tough.
Honestly, as I think back at what I ate during grade school, it was pure crap. I didn’t struggle with weight though like a lot of kids today. I’m sure that has to do with genetics, but possibly also the fact I was extremely active? Who knows.
Although childhood obesity is anything but funny, I found it kinda humorous looking back on the foods I used to eat. Here are a couple classics…
I have so many memories eating these babies everyday in Middle School. Everyday!! That’s pretty gross…and kind of awesome. I’m a little jealous of my Middle School self.
Oh ya…the classic lunchable. I thought these were so cool when I was younger. I always looked forward to the Andes mint chocolate for dessert :).
My husband thinks this is so disgusting. All I can say is…don’t knock ’em till you try ’em.
Okay, so I started drinking these a little later in life. I used to go to Starbucks everyday after class during college and pickup a carmel frappuccino. Shockingly, I didn’t gain the freshman 15. I think it’s because my diet was only frappuccino’s and cereal, oh and booze. Ya know, the top 3 food groups: carbs, sugar, and alcohol! 🙂 Speaking of cereal…
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
This was also a little later in life, post-college actually. When I lived in San Francisco, I continued my love affair with cereal, especially Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I have to say if you put a bowl in front of me today, I’d kill it! That stuff is taaaasty.
I asked my Twitter followers what some of their odd eats were growing up. Here are some of my favorites:
Samantha at Never Say Never:
Mmm miracle whip…
Okay, Gushers are awesome. Caroline, now that you’re an adult, go buy some!
Katie at Nutrition in a Peanut Shell:
That kind of sounds amazing…
Julia at Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body:
Seriously, Goldfish are delicious.
Carrie at Moves N’ Munchies:
To this day, I love Kraft Mac and Cheese. It is the best mac and cheese out there…Annie’s ain’t got nothin’ on Kraft.
It’s so funny to think about all the weird things we ate as kids. I see candies and other foods at the store now and always wonder, “who buys that?” Most likely, parents…for their children..who are begging them for it!
Did you eat any weird/gross things growing up? What do you think about childhood obesity-lazy kids or bad food (or neither)?