Every morning my husband drops our son off at day care and each night I pick him up. Seeing his face when I come and get him is my favorite moment of the day. It’s like therapy.
He always runs to me and gives me a big hug. Then he cocks his hand to the side and asks, “You got someping ‘pecial?”
That’s because I often have a little nibble for him in my car. Sometimes it’s a small cookie, nuts, or a bite or two of a bar. The treat is not always food. This week I gave him a package silly bands. He put all 12 of them on and was quite proud.
When I picked up my son tonight, I overheard a mom say to her kids, “We’re going to McDonald’s for dinner tonight!”
Fast food is such an easy option on weeknights, especially Friday. My little family eats dinner early and with my husband working late these past couple weeks it’s been challenging for me to get something prepared with my son underfoot. Luckily my little guy wants to help and so I’ve been involving him. He dumps food into bowls and stirs. He feels so important!
Over the past two weeks we’ve had to resort to fast food a couple times. We went to Chipotle this week and the week before we went to Noodles and Co. Two weekends ago the three of us ate at Five Guys. They use pure ingredients and my son and I could eat their burgers and fries without any tummy problems! The ingredients in their fries? Potatoes with skins on fried in 100% peanut oil. Honestly, I pigged out. Be aware the restaurant also gives out raw peanuts.
Normally, I’m not interested in eating beef. We don’t buy it at the grocery store and rarely eat out. But I am not an island. My husband likes to eat the occasional burger and told me that he wanted to eat out at a place he thought was nutritionally safe for the whole family (that’s why we went to Five Guys).
As I read Fast Food Nation, it’s hard for me to read the statistics (I’m re-reading the book actually). I’m assuming you are going through the same turmoil. Given what you are learning about our food supply, how do you justify going out for the occasional burger? Or should we abandon all fast food excursions? I have found it not to be that easy. What about you?