You’d be hard pressed to find a pair of happier looking kids than my two little skiers, waving their French fries around like magic wands. I have to admit, though, that I cringed a little when I saw this photo. Could there be any more fried food on the table? Not exactly the lunch of champions.
I’m gearing up for this winter’s ski season – we’ve got trips to Vermont planned for the week after Christmas and for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend – and one thing I’m considering is what we will be eating. I’ll confess right here that I get a little lazy about packing lunches when we’re skiing, even though I know it would be the healthiest and most economical option. Somehow the prospect of hauling lunch along with all the other gear overwhelms me a bit. Plus there’s the fact that I tend to like something hot for lunch when I’ve been out on the mountain.
For me eating on the road with kids is all about balance. We eat at a variety of foods at a variety of places and instead of worrying about whether every meal is completely healthy, I just try to make sure there’s at least one healthy component (even if it is just the beverage). I’m finding this more challenging as the children get older, more savvy, and more pushy, but usually I manage. But as I consider that we’re likely to be skiing for four or five days in a row I’m realizing that I may need to put a little more effort and though into the lunch situation so that every day doesn’t look like this photo.
I’d love to hear what you all have to say – any tips for lunching with kids while skiing?