I woke up this morning feeling like Labor Day was just barreling toward me. Yikes. I’m definitely not ready to let go of watermelons and warm summer nights. Nevertheless, I’m a big believer in “preparedness,” so today I’m reminding myself of the incredible energy potential of early fall. When I hunker down and think about it, there really is something about the indian summers, the crisper nights, and the leaves a different color each day that makes anything feel possible. Every year I get that back-to-school itch to make lists and change things around–and I suppose even (still) grow up a little more.
On that note, I thought I’d use this post to give a shout-out to a piece I put together over at iVillage: “Which is Worse, Battle of the Afternoon Snacks.” Helping me out were nutritionists Stephanie Middleberg, Keri Glassman (The O2 Diet), and Melissa O’Shea, along with Dr. David Colbert (The High School Reuinion Diet).
Pairing kids’ snacks head to head confirmed a lot of information we can all pretty easily intuit: That what’s healthiest doesn’t just come down to fat and calories on the label (see Yopliat GoGurt vs Chobani Champions). Nor is it a matter of how many health-promoting ingredients are concentrated in a product (might I direct you to Edy’s All-Natural Antioxidant Fruit Bar versus Ciao Bella Sorbet Bar). These experts made the “hows” and “whys” of it all fascinating, though–and along the way, I even discovered a few new on-the-go indulgences to sink my teeth into.
This leads me to my question du jour: As somebody who hasn’t yet had kids, I feel like I’m constantly behind the curve on fun and creative snacks (homemade and store-bought). I’m putting it to you–what eats are you exciting about resurrecting (and trying!) for fall?