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Bunny Food

I want to have a serious bunny talk.  This conversation may be past-due, but as Herbstbaum pointed out in her lovely springtime post, it is still the Easter season.  (I have to digress for a moment here, and point out that I finally figured how to make a nice, clean link.  This may not seem like a big deal to all of you savvy bloggers out there, but to me it is a very big deal.  To borrow an expression that my son picked-up in Wales, I am well chuffed about it.  No, more than that–I am extremely chuffed.  In fact, I’ve been chuffing all day over this, and I expect that the chuffing will continue for the rest of the week.)

What It Is

Okay, back to the bunny.  The bunny I’m referring to today is the Easter Bunny, if you hadn’t already guessed that, and the topic at hand is, “What does the Easter Bunny eat?”  Chocolate and jelly beans?  I think not (unless maybe the Easter Bunny is female, and then perhaps Dove dark chocolate eggs…) But this is a furry little vegetarian creature we’re talking about, and I think we all know deep in our hearts that E.B. would like to feast on whatever is growing in the garden.  I know, I know, I just did a POST on glorious chocolates that we could purchase in order to create a truly stupendous Easter basket—but before you call me a hypocrite, let me hasten to say that I have no problem with a small but festive indulgence to mark a very significant occasion; no, that is not my point.  My point (or my question) is, “Are we paying attention to what we are feeding our children?”

Bring It Home

To illustrate my point, I will ask you to consider what your children ate at their last kindergarten or grade school party. Cookies?  Candy?  Coconut and jelly bean topped cupcakes?  A bunny-shaped cake?  Any of that would be typical for our culture today.  However, when my boys attended their kindergarten in Germany, they had an “Easter Bunny Feast,” and this is what they did:  they bought bunny food. They walked with their class to the local Wednesday farmers market and bought an assortment of fresh vegetables, along with fresh eggs.  On Thursday they boiled the eggs and washed and cut the vegetables.  They went home that afternoon giddy with anticipation over the “Easter Bunny Feast” that they would enjoy the next day.  Of course, they did enjoy their party— cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, and all.  I was quite impressed with that (and very chuffed, as well), and a nicely filled Easter basket several days later didn’t seem like sugar overload.

If every holiday is associated with reams of sugar-loaded food, what are we teaching our children about what “good food” is?  If children learn from an early age that fresh vegetables are a delicious treat, then they will continue healthy eating habits as they grow.

Our children should be eating at least as well as bunnies do.

38 Comments

  1. S Joe

    Got me laughing and thinking :D good post

    • Well, Thank you, S Joe! I’m so happy to hear that it got you laughing and thinking–I think those are two very important activities. :-)

      • S Joe

        I agree :)
        I used to call myself the bunny when I was kid…. reason – my mom made me eat lot of carrots to help my weak eye :) Carrots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your post reminded me of that.

        • That’s cute! There was a time when I ate so many carrots that my hands actually started to aquire an orange hue! Someone saw my hands and said–woah! Do you eat a lot of carrots?! That’s when I decided to back off a bit. :-)

  2. Hooray for carrots (and other veggies)! And just look at how much more vibrant and colorful they naturally are comparted to the chocolates!

  3. LOVE the picture of the bunny with the veggies – wonderfully creative. When my kids were in elementary school, the school district passed a rule (to protect the kids) that only district food or pre-packaged food could be brought in for school events. What this really mandated was JUNK FOOD! Ironic huh?

    Might as well have been feeding them spam spam spam spam …. :-)

    • You’re cute! I know–they legislate the goodness right out of things, sometimes…
      Thanks for your kind and enthusiastic comments on the bunny pics. :-)

  4. TBM

    I cringe when I see kids eating chips and pop for breakfast.

    • Ugh! I don’t even keep “pop” (in Atlanta, we call it “Coke”) in my house!

      • TBM

        Isn’t the headquarters of Coke in Atlanta? Do you say Coke for all types of soda pop?

        • Yes, you got that right, TBM, Coke was created here in the ATL, and the headquarters is here. And, no–we don’t say Coke for all types of soda pop–that was just my little insider joke. Sorry!

      • TBM

        :) I hear people here say it for all types. I’ll order a pepsi since that is what they have on tap and they say you want a coke and then serve me a pepsi. I find it funny. Coke is my preferred type of pop though. One of my friends collects coke cans and bottles. When we travel, we’ll bring one home from different countries.

        • Well then, you’ll have to visit “The World of Coke” the next time you’re in Atlanta! :-)

  5. JRJ2015

    Reblogged this on IAmOneWeAreThree and commented:
    Robins Bunny is so adorable, you have to check her out :)

  6. JRJ2015

    Good Morning Robin :)Pray you have a Blessed Day :)

  7. I wish I ate as well as a bunny all the time :) gorgeous little bowl with the crudite too!

  8. Yesss agree times 500342.

    • Wow, Brittany. You’re agreeing times a very large number. :-) It’s nice to have someone who concurs so fully!

  9. JRJ2015

    Oh the bunny is adorable :)

  10. I love this Easter Bunny Feast idea! May start a new tradition!

  11. JRJ2015
  12. Healthy food is so important for today’s children. I have a cute bunny dressed very similar to yours…maybe a little more country style as it was from Vermont.

    • I think we don’t start early enuough instilling healthy eating habits for our children.

    • Oh, and I love that little bunny! Her legs are floppy, so she perches easily in the corner of my kitchen counter. :-)

  13. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I just hope the kindergarten activities will be allowed to continue, as I believe they need a special licence now to prepare their own food… madness!

    • Wow. Even a simple activity like this, I wonder? (The nuns at the nursing home next to the kindergarden made hot lunches every day for the children. Spinach and potatoes was the favorite lunch for one of my boys–imagine that!)

  14. Lisa

    A true and healthy learning experience in that German Kindergarten. I wonder if our schools would even allow such an activity? Maybe we should follow the lead by sending our kids to school with healthy snacks (fruits, vegetables) instead of sugar snacks and breads. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing the experience.

    • Exactly, Lisa! I did send my boys to school with vegetables as snacks for years, and it got harder and harder for them to accept that as they watched all of the children around them eating cheetos and sugary snack bars.

  15. Gina

    now that’s what i call balanced! you enjoy both veggies and dessert. i think that some parents don’t serve a veggie assortment because it’s too much trouble, no time for all of that chopping. we need to slow down.

    • Yes, Gina, that’s what it’s all about–balance. :-) I think you’re right about people being daunted by the time it takes to prepare fresh food. But, once you get into the habit, it’s not that time consuming, and it’s sooooo worth it!

  16. Totally agree! Healthy food for kids is so important!

    • Yes, Little Piggy–I can tell from all of the fabulous recipes on your blog that you are a true proponent for healthy food for kids!

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