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Mom Mondays: Snack Food Philosophy


It’s no secret that a hockey mom spends a great deal of time in her car. Most of the time, it’s just a jaunt to the local rinks and back for practices and league games. Several times of the year, though, this car time is an extended period of time heading to an out of town tournament. And therefore –Woohoo! It’s a road trip!  

I read a quote somewhere recently that made me laugh out loud. It doesn’t matter how old you are, when buying snacks for a road trip you should always look like an unsupervised nine-year old who’s just been given a hundred dollars!

I do love a good hockey road trip, and I do so love the hockey road trip snacks that go with it! Oh, how my hockey snacks have changed and yet they stay the same!

There were the baby years, when I had three young children in hockey, when preservation of sanity took precedence over nutrition. How can they whine or cry with a mouthful of gummy bears? These were the years I spent more on road trip snacks than post-secondary tuition savings accounts.

These middle years when I still had three children in hockey but persisted in my relationship with Canada’s Food Guide, so I packed our coolers full of healthy fruits and vegetables. Their bodies and brains were developing and I was going to do right by them. These were the years they abandoned me and were adopted by the cool hockey mom with cool snacks.

Then, there were the later years, when they drove themselves to practices and games, and God only knows what they ate. Actually, I DO know what they ate, because the lingering smell of the leftovers blended nicely with their aromatic hockey gear. These were the years my jewelry was cleverly disguised as Febreze car vent clips.

I now have a personal philosophy around hockey road trip snacks that has been years in the making as a hockey mom:  everything in moderation. Let’s just say, I am enlightened.

On the way out of town, I insist on a decent homemade lunch with a healthy side of fruits and (or) vegetables. But also coffee. Always. Coffee. The outward bound homemade lunch gives the impression that I’m trying – really trying – to be a good hockey mom. For the most part, my kids are generally willing to put up with this version of road trip snacks because, as teenagers, they are now almost always hungry.

Once this healthier version of road trip snacks is depleted, the big guns come out and the safeties are off. During the tournament and on the way home, the car snacks are whatever gets us through the day, through the night, or from point A to point B. The inward bound road trip snack food resembles a messy break-up with the Canada’s Food Guide: potato chips, licorice, Maynards, chocolate chip muffins, pizza, and fast food. But also coffee. Always. Coffee.

My philosophy around hockey road trip snacks may never get me into the good graces of a nutritionist or back on speaking terms with the Canada’s Food Guide, but it works for me. It works for us.

Three cheers for hockey road trips – and all the pride and shame of road trip snacks!

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