Supporting Girl Guides, Not Saturated Fat

It was a knee-jerk reaction: walking through the shopping mall, and meeting the eyes of little girls in blue satin sashes, I could not resist stopping and appeasing their request to “support your local Girl Guides”. As I reached into my change purse for coins, a 7-year old pushed a box of cookies in my direction. Instead of taking them quietly and walking away with a polite “thank you”, I reacted by saying: “Oh, no, sweetie, I just wanted to support your cause, but I don’t want the cookies. They are full of fat.” Immediately, I felt remorseful (and appeared like a neurotic stranger, I am sure, and one should not talk to strangers when one is a little girl), as this was clearly not a “teachable moment”. Nevertheless, there is a point to be made that equating support for a good cause should not necessarily entail the procurement of junk food, which in no way, I feel, should be reflective of the work that Girl Guides do (teaching young girls skills, and engaging them in physical activity, to name a few). The same irony applies to children’s sports groups that sell frozen pizza or chocolate covered almonds in order to fund their programs. Why not take this opportunity instead to engage children in healthy options for their cause? I have some ideas, and believe me, the Girl Guides will hear about it.


About danirenouf

I have been a registered dietitian since 2003, and very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in industry, clinical nutrition, public health, and private practice. Currently, I am extremely excited about pursuing entrepreneurial ventures which start with my private consulting practice and branch out into the food and culinary industry. I am busy every day developing my own food products and recipes, adapting traditional cooking techniques and incorporating new and innovative ways to prepare nutritious, delicious food. I am passionate about everything food-related, and aspire to engage others in "getting to know their food" - not all of us are cooks, or need to be, but all of us need to eat.
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One Response to Supporting Girl Guides, Not Saturated Fat

  1. Julia says:


    Another reason to avoid the Girl Guide cookies. Despite their amazing deliciousness:

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