Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gluten Free Girl Scouts

I love my daughters. I love them so much that I volunteer to lead a group of Brownie Girl Scouts.
I love them so much that when they say, "Mom, how come we don't learn much about really interesting things at Girl Scout events? Really interesting stuff, like Bugs and Butterflies?", I respond by volunteering to run a service unit event.
So today, I coordinated and facilitated the Bugs and Butterflies Try it Day. It was a ULID day in Bellingham, so no school for the kiddos. We had the group together from 9-3.

We had a wonderful time, learning and exploring the worlds of these creatures. We explained the differences between bugs, insects, arthropods and arachnids. We did crafts (is there a Girl Scout event without crafts?), sang songs, played Bug-O (like bingo but with bug pictures on the cards) and of course had a snack. Or more correctly, two snacks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Ok so here is my bias in full force. My twins are gluten-free and so are a number of the other girls there. So, since I was the one figuring out the snacks, guess what I did.
Yup, the entire event was gluten free! Do you think any of the kids noticed?

We just worked with familiar and popular whole foods. We did the ever so classic ants on a log. Organic Peanut butter (only peanuts and salt) and organic Celery with mini chocolate dark chips (OK so not all organic), currants and sunflower seeds. For the girls who couldn't have peanuts we had along organic cream cheese.
The girls ate them up and wanted more!

In the afternoon, I invented a new treat. Apple butterflies.
We took whole apples and using a wonderful hand cranked peeler, slicer, corer that I own created the wings of the butterfly. It probably didn't hurt that they got to run the peeler.
Then we took two GF marshmallows and cut them in half across their middles to form the circles of the thorax, abdomen, and head. The last half became the antennas.
Mini chocolate chips for eyes and the girls were very happy.

I was very happy. For once everyone could eat!
Maybe it helps that I counsel people for a living on making good food choices.
Maybe I just can see fun in food.
All I know is, my girls had a wonderful time.
And all their friends only had a bit of sugar today and a lot of decent nutrition.
I'll post a picture as soon as I make another one.
The girls were eating them too fast to take one today.

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