yeah I was just going to ask how someone would be an activist type and go for better food on WIC.
I've heard a lot of ppl here say they can get farmer's market vouchers from WIC. We don't.
Now I've heard somebody say they can get natural PB. We can't.
I don't buy PB on WIC because of the fact that I refuse to feed my son and myself hydrogenated PB (even if it's free) when I can get natural non-hydrogenated Skippy for less than 2 bucks. It's *maybe* 30 or 40 cents more than the cheap PB.
I personally think for a program that's SUPPOSED to be about healthy eating, you should ONLY be able to buy non hydrogenated PB.
Incedentally, I asked the WIC people once if I could get another dry bean instead of PB and the lady said no it is both or none. I think that sucks. Oh, and for those who 'aren't patient enough' I wasn't either until I discovered i could dump a bag of beans in the crockpot with 8 cups of water, ignore them all day, and they'd be done in time for dinner. Overnight works too. (you can also do half a bag and 4 cups water if you prefer.) We now almost always have chickpeas made from dry beans in the fridge, and I do quite a bit of cooking with black beans.
The other thing that I think sucks is they post big articles and signs warning about the dangers of too much juice and overweight kids, yet I get at least 6 things of juice concentrate a month plus one can of tomato juice. I cook with the tomato juice. I've started collecting treat recipes that use juice concentrate instead of white sugar.
Still, I would think they could maybe give say even a can of pineapple a month instead of juice as an option? (I say pineapple because I know it's always canned in juice not syrup. they could also allow the other fruits canned in juice.) Or even better, fresh fruit, but it's harder to budget prices on that, so I'd settle for canned. (which I don't mind having around anyway in case I'm out of fresh fruit and want to give DS some fruit with breakfast)
I should just out of curiosity figure out how many oz of juice that is when it's made and see how it ties in with the no more than 4-6 oz juice limit.
oh and one time when I was in there they gave me a flyer and the lady wrote on the back cautioning me not to give DS more than 11 oz of juice a day!! worse, in the flyer itself it said 'no more than 4-6 oz juice' *I* don't drink 11 oz. of juice a day!!! why would I give that much to a 30 lb. toddler?! And he's supposed to drink 11 oz of juice plus 16 oz. of milk?!?! how is a child supposed to fit anything else in their tummy?!
And while i'm on my rant, can we do something about the way they ask 'are you STILL breastfeeding?' I don't know they just don't ask it in a good way. I know they have to find out cause they give different food packages.
oh and the dietitian who said "well you *can* do it, there is a way" in a real snarky way when I said I wasn't dieting because I didn't think you were SUPPOSED to 'diet' and breastfeed. I said I was just focusing on eating healthy and cutting out junk. nothing wrong with that the way she sounded though you'd think I was like 300 lbs or something.
yeah they leave a lot to be desired, back to my original Q though how do you do something about it?