Many of you asked what I ended up doing for Finn after posting about the camp snack menu last week.
Long and short: I did end up bringing Finn a snack from home everyday. Outside the obvious fact of the nutritional value, I couldn’t be sure (without going into the kitchen and asking staff to read labels on the containers) that there wouldn’t be dairy in the items.
Would the whipped cream have milk or cream?
Would the crackers in the trail mix be cheese crackers?
Would the crackers used with the cheese have dairy?
If I asked for no frosting, would they remember?
If I asked for no M&M’s, would they remember?
Let me repost what was shared the children would be served:
Monday: red jello and whipped cream
Tuesday: trail mix – crackers, raisins, plain M&Ms, etc.
Wednesday: cheese and crackers
Thursday: pretzels and chocolate frosting
Friday: cupcake in an ice cream cone
I do always try and provide Finn something similar, but some days that just wasn’t possible. Instead, Finn had:
Monday: GoGO squeeZ Apple Berry applesauce packet
Tuesday: trail mix – Honey Bunny Grahams, raisins, Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Wednesday: Van’s Gluten-free Multi-grain crackers
Thursday: Pretzels and “Super” Butter (almond butter) … Of course later I started panicking that another child might have a nut allergy and called.
Friday: he was sick 🙁 but I stayed up the night before making Chocolate Chips Cookies.
Normally, Finn chooses a piece of fruit at morning snack time, so let’s just say this was like a trip to Disneyland for him! He came home thrilled with his snack every day!
As many of you suggested, I did send a note to the organizers of the event. This is not a location we normally visit, so I had some other suggestions on how to make parents perhaps feel a little more comfortable with some things, in addition to the snack discussion. The response was very gracious, so I think (hope) it came across with the intent I meant to share it.
Thank you again for your comments last week. If anything, the variety in your responses and thoughts helped me wrap my mind around how others see things. Food is so touchy, isn’t it!?!
Thankful for each of you…