Wednesday, March 3, 2010

crushed.....

Yesterday I experienced a real blow. After BSF I took the kiddos to Target to grab a couple of misc. items and some lunch before we headed home. Since becoming a stay-at-home mama, Target has become one of my greatest joys. I can get clothes, groceries, sundry items, toys and more and there is also a Starbucks, Pizza Hut and snack bar inside. I can wander aimlessly with my kiddos in tow while they are happily munching on popcorn. I usually grab a Starbucks (also in Target) and a monster cookie from the snack bar (my favorite since being pregnant with Mason and Mya). It's true that Target does have fun kids clothes and random stuff but a huge part of the draw for me is the snacks. Anywhere I can buy kids' drinks and popcorn means that we are permitted to leave a trail of popcorn throughout the store and I don't have to plan ahead to make a quick stop there. This brings me to my crushing blow....As I paid for our treats at Target yesterday, I noticed a red pamphlet bearing the nutritional information for all our favorite treats! Yikes! I was afraid I was going to break into tears right then and there. Our (not so large) bag of popcorn boasts 300 calories and 16 grams of fat and my monster cookie pours 480 calories and 22 grams of fat onto my waistline. I won't even bother telling you about the personal pan pizzas and breadsticks we occasionally get for lunch or the sugar cookies my kiddos plead for quite regularly. I feel as though my 'Target bubble' has burst. I won't be able to carelessly munch on my monster cookie anymore and I will probably pop healthier popcorn at home and take it with us for the kiddos. I can't decide if I am happy for this new information or if I would rather have clung to the notion that ignorance is bliss...I'll let you know next week when another long rainy day drives us to spend a few morning hours roaming Target....with our homemade treats in tow!

3 comments:

Coleson's Blog said...

Oh yes. we have wandered Target many a time with their little popcorn and small drink option. My Target isnt the new fancy one so it doesnt have the Starbucks-but my fred meyer does, which is another wandering time with a cookie and coffee :) EEK, huh!? ...now if only I'd work out regularly to make this all OK! :P

Mike and Mindy Roth said...

I know of SO MANY mom's who love Target for those exact reasons. It's basically our indoor park when it's gross outside. For some reason, I've been able to restrain (most of the time) from their snack bar, but I'm curious to hear how your trip with homemade snacks goes. It's probably good that I know the nutritional info. Now it will help me push the temptation aside.

The Watsons said...

Tara! You are cracking me up!! LOVE YOU!! I, too, understand your frustration. Been in Target with my 3 little ones doing pretty much the same thing! Wondering aimlessly, while hundreds of calories. :) Fun at the time, but the consequences when they show up on your thighs the next morning...not so fun! Hears to healthier treats next time we go, too! :)