I’m planning a talk for a group of case managers who work with teen parents, who are also low income. Needless to say these kids are facing some challenges. I’m charged with giving the case managers some tools they can use to help their clients eat better and feed their young families nutritious foods on a budget. I know now hard it to be to put healthy food on the table night after night and I have the education and the means to do it – so what are these kids going to do?
During my brainstorm for this talk I fell upon how to make fast food part of a healthy, family meal. Is it even possible? I remember when I was young and my mom gave us fast food. Sometimes we had a whole value meal in the car somewhere between piano and softball and in between bites we were putting on our uniform. But sometimes we went through the drive thru and we were allowed get a sandwich, which we had to bring home and eat with a glass of milk and a salad. Hey, that’s actually not a bad idea. Why can’t you run in for French fries and bring them home to serve alongside baked fish and steamed broccoli? Who says you can’t bring home cheeseburgers and serve carrot sticks and milk with it? Why does fast food automatically mean fat, calorie and salt-laden meals that leave you feeling like a puddle of mud on the couch after you eat them?
Maybe if we thought of fast food as an accompaniment to healthy meals instead of the entire meal we can actually learn how to eat these foods…in moderation.