FearLESS Friday #7: Neighborhood Kids and Snack Time

Our social life revolves around a lot of good food. When we began making healthy substitutions in our meals we noticed that our friends noticed. Sometimes it was positive. Other times it was a bit awkward. Is it possible to maintain the standards of health in our own homes without making it weird for guests?

Some guests may have whole-grain-phobia or even worse, fresh-fruit-a-phobia. Don’t worry, I’ve had ’em all at my kitchen table. My strategy is to act completely normal and let the flavors speak for themselves.

My kids also enjoy having their buddies over. This Friday I made sure to serve something healthy to the neighborhood kids who gather in our backyard. Some of which jump our fence while clutching containers of PringlesTM and fruit snacks.

I never preach. But I do teach by serving something better. This time I served water, mini bell peppers, and grapes.

It was unbelievably easy to prepare: Wash fresh produce. Done.

I was nervous about how the kids would react to their non-toxic treat. There were no wrappers, no cartoon character-shaped pieces, no neon colors. But they ate every last grape and pepper.

Don’t let being a healthy family get in the way of your social life. Bring your friends along for the ride.

Have you ever hesitated to serve your family’s favorite healthy food to friends? I’ve been there. Share it with us in a comment below!

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  1. Correct me if I am wrong but I feel like you assume that because kids are clutching pringles and fruit snacks that they don’t eat very healthy. I feel that is an unfair assumption.

    1. Alli says:

      Thanks for illustrating the social tension that comes with differences in food choices. I’ll let you know when these kids bring over some broccoli. 🙂

      1. Lol Doesn’t mean they don’t eat lots of broccoli at home. 🙂

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