I roamed the aisles, looking at the boxes, picking up Animal Crackers, putting them down again. Stopping at the pretzels, shaking my head. Down Aisle 10, up Aisle 11. Over and over and over again.
How do you choose snacks for a college workshop for girls? It seems like a simple task but there is so much at stake. Body image. Self-confidence. Weight loss, weight gain. All of these must be taken into account.
I want them to enjoy the snacks, but I want them to be healthy. I don’t want them to think I am judging when I purchase the “100 calorie size”; those are the only pretzels I could find. I don’t want to be considered “no fun” because I bought Kashi instead of Doritos. Yet, I trust Kashi to have my health interest at heart. Doritos are good for no one.
It’s tough buying snacks for teenage girls. There’s a lot at stake, a lot to think about. Maybe they love themselves, maybe they don’t—I don’t know. I want to help, not hurt. I want them to know they are more than what they eat and how they look. I have their best interests at heart.