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For the last month or so, our Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings have consisted of a mad dash for a small blue baseball glove and a lot of “LEVI!!!! Where is your baseball hat?! NO! Not that one! The black one!” (Kudos to my friends with multiple children in sports and extra-curricular activities. I have a hard time even keeping track of the ONE yellow t-ball shirt.) I always feel slightly better when we pull into the baseball field parking lot and I hear several other mothers’ raised voices “Grab your water and quickly get out of the car please! We are late!” Finally after the mad rush, we hand our kids over to the coaches and sip our lukewarm coffee on the bleachers, cheering for each little guy as they take turns batting and fielding for the next hour and a half.
One of the first conversations on the bleachers was “Could everyone please sign up to bring a snack?” As the clipboard went around, I was surprised to see that there was nothing about food allergies. Since there are roughly 12-15 kids on the team, and FARE has estimated that 1 in 13 children have food allergies, I was shocked to hear that none of the boys had any. As the conversation continued, however, we found out that one mom has a wheat allergy and one of the siblings of a team mate has a severe nut allergy. “So please ask me before feeding my daughter anything” was the request of one mom, because snacks brought often get shared with the team, coaches and any siblings of players who are nearby. I signed up for my one date and brought rice krispy treats, then when a random “Rookie Roundup Day” popped up in the schedule, I offered to bring something for the team.
Bitsy’s Brainfood Orange Chocolate Beet Smart Cookies are Levi’s new favorite snack, and it is a huge bonus that they are a cookie I don’t mind him eating any time of day! They are made with many amazing ingredients including organic wheat flour, pea protein, beets and even some Omega-3s and other vitamins for good measure! Oh. And they taste like chocolate. Which is the most important thing to know when feeding them to little people. :) For families with food allergies, these are made in a completely nut-free facility!
Thanks to Bitsy’s Smart Cookies, we were able to share with the team, coaches AND Levi’s team mate’s sister who has nut allergies! A win for parents, nutritious for kids and smiling faces all around! Especially Levi, who managed to snag a bag of the chocolate ones for the car ride home. :)