COOKING up delicious, well-balanced and nutritious meals for children is the bane of most mums’ lives.
But when Victoria Beckham shared a picture of her tots’ after-school snack of toasted seeds with liquid amino acids, mum-of-two Gina Clarke felt the rage.
Here Gina explains why Victoria Beckham has no idea what being a working mum is really like…
When I read that ex-Spice Girl and fashionista Victoria Beckham was handing out after-school recipes, I hoped that she had jumped on to the bandwagon of the busy, working mum – convenience food.
But taking one look at her toasted seeds “doused in organic aminos” I thought there had been a mix up with the pictures.
Surely I was looking at parrot food instead of an afternoon snack?
After a long day at school kids don’t want bird seed, they want a banana washed down with a bag of Wotsits.
The bit between 3pm and 5pm is always the hardest in my house.
My five-year-old daughter sprints ahead in the race for the TV remote, and so my son gets to choose the snack as compensation.
It’s usually something hands-on like Dairylea Dunkers or an energy bar. Convenience is key here, after all as a working mum my day is never done.
But while I’m taking the time to empty the dishwasher or prep the veg for dinner that night, I find myself treading a fine line.
Clearly the kids are hungry when they walk in from school (mainly because neither one of them ate their lunch) but too little of a snack results in shouts of “more!” and too much food means my two-year-old falls asleep in his spaghetti hoops.
So now I bring the snack with me to the school pick up, patting myself on the back that I have thought ahead but not whispering the words “do you want a biscuit?” until I get out of the earshot of the staff.
There’s still a lot of snobbery when it comes to school snacks after all – thanks Jamie Oliver!
I’m lucky that my daughter is still of an age where she gets free school dinners and I don’t have to pack a snack because I’m finding that there is certainly a difference between what my kids should eat and what they do eat, although a little bribery ensures the odd vegetable is consumed.
But snack time is different. It usually contains whatever was on offer at the supermarket shelf that weekend, pre-packaged in just-right sizes and ready to dish out. Easy peasy.
There’s something about opening packaging or peeling back plastic that my two just home in on. Cut up some cheese? They won’t touch it. Open a BabyBel and it’s out of my hand before I can offer it.
At the end of the day, what’s wrong with a bag of crisps if they keep the kids quiet while you can get on with making a lovely nutritious dinner for them?
To me Mrs Beckham’s latest recipe screams of trying too hard to be unique and edgy when she should just grab a biscuit and have done like the rest of us.
Time for another school run? Bring on the Wotsits!