About once a week I bring an after-school snack to a group of kids that live at the homeless shelter. I try to get them something that’s good, but at least slightly healthy.
I mean, I’d like them to enjoy the snack (and think that I’m cool), but I want to make sure they get some nutrition too. Plus, I’m trying to earn that shiny badge, pictured above.
Last week I brought Pringles and yogurt-covered raisins. I figured I’d get cool points for the chips, and healthy points for the raisins, which were still slightly cool because of the candy-like coating.
I also brought Capri-Suns, but to try to make the pouch drinks a little healthier, I decided to get the “Super V” ones, that have a vegetable/fruit juice blend. I’d never tried that kind before (they cost quite a bit more than regular Capri-Suns) but they sounded cool AND healthy.
“Full Serving Of Fruits AND Vegetables!” the package declared cheerily. “Good Source of FIBER!!”
This snack was, unfortunately, less than popular with the kids.
The Pringles were greeted with enthusiasm, but the rest of my choices … not so much.
“Raisins?!” they said in disgust, as I passed out the cheery red Sun-Maid packages.
“Raisins covered in yogurt!” I amended happily. They raised their collective eyebrows at me skeptically.
One kid industriously began sucking the white coating off her raisins and making an icky-looking pile of the remains. I wrinkled my nose and gave her a napkin.
There were two kids, or maybe three, who actually liked raisins. They collected their neighbors’ rejected red boxes and stuffed them into their backpacks for later.
The yogurt-covered raisins were not a successful snack choice, obviously.
But the Capri-Suns were accepted with alacrity. The familiar sight of the silver pouch pleased them.
Until they tasted the drinks.
“Um, Miss?” said a kid, tugging my sleeve. “There’s something wrong with my Capri-Sun.”
“Mine too,” said another kid. “I think there’s something weird in it.” Several others sipped, grimaced, and put their drink pouches aside.
I sighed. “Yeah,” I admitted. “There’s healthy in it.”
No cool points for me.