Granola Bars and Four Leaf Clovers

While riding to school today, my children were eating the breakfast of champions… Curves Granola Bars I got on sale yesterday! HipChick noticed the big banner across the package, and excitedly exclaimed, “Mom! These have 100 calories!” (She still gets a big kick out of actually being able to read things that had previously been a mystery to her) Then she said, “What’s a calorie?”

I had trouble thinking of how to explain it to her, other than, “The bane of my existence!” Anyhow, I ended up with a nice explanation about how we need energy to live, and calories give us energy, yada yada yada. In my mind, I was still thinking, “Calories are the enemy, avoid them at all costs!!”

My newly-five-year-old, Princess, the expert on all things, chimed in with, “Yes, HipChick, we need calories to give us energy.” Thanks for clarifying that, Princess!

The next thing HipChick said was amusing, and I couldn’t figure out why she thought of it. “Do four-leaf clovers have calories?”

“Well, everything has calories, so yes. But we don’t eat four-leaf-clovers.”

“Yes we do! … I ate one the other day. It was yummy! And my friend Todd ate a pine needle once… and Katie ate a piece of grass. How many calories are in those?”

I remember eating the wild onions that grew in our yard when I was a child, but I would never venture into the really unconventional meals, such as mudpies and the like. I’ve thought about harvesting all the dandelion greens out of my yard for a nice salad, but I’ve never actually done it.

Did you ever eat wild things when you were young? I’m really curious!


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  1. We hibiscus plants outside of our house, with little stem things in the middle of the flowers. We would pull the stems out and suck the sweet nectar off of them. Interestingly, they make a delicious tea/drink here out of dried hibiscus petals, so I guess I wasn’t so weird after all!


  2. Christine @ Serenity How? says:

    That’s so funny. I love how she was so honest about it.

    I don’t remember eating weird things as a kid, but I do remember picking honeysuckle flowers from my neighbor’s trellis and sucking them. My neighbor taught us kids to do it.


  3. We had wild strawberries in our yard when I was a kid. That was awesome. Not a very odd thing to eat though. We did eat the lemon grass that grows wild. Ya know, the stuff with the little yellow flowers?

    Kim @ TheBitterBall


  4. We did suck on honeysuckle flowers and as part of some sort of obstacle course, we had to take a mouthful of lilac leaves – yuck! We had wild strawberries and huckleberries and made a sauce with them…mmmm. The saddest would be that I convinced my younger sister to eat a daddy long legs spider (I was such a mean big sister).


  5. Lessa...... says:

    I have eaten lots of crazy things! When I was living up at E.A.R.T.H. camp, we learned all about natural living in the woods including survival. Honeysuckle, dandelion, chicken of the woods (a mushroom), other plants, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, you name it. If it’s edible, we ate it!


  6. Ants. I used to eat ants. I don’t know why, but there you have it.


  7. That explains a lot, Ben.


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