Fruity treats? I’m in!
This girl has Gone Bananas! …one bite at a time, chillin’ in her freezer, all summer long. For someone who doesn’t eat much ice cream, Trader Joe’s got it right for me (especially at $1.99 a box).
One serving is four pieces of frozen chocolate banana and that’s plenty to satiate almost anyone’s need for an ice cream-free snack. One serving adds up to 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1g of fiber, 12g of sugars, 2g of protein, a touch of calcium (2%), and a little iron (4%). This product also contains soy. If you’re ok with the math and the ingredients, you’ve got to try Gone Bananas’ at least once. Don’t hate me if you flip out over them! I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
So, are you ready for a cool flick to go with your new treats…?
Hunger’ on DVD
The day I watched The Hunger Games, I knew I wanted to own a copy of it and was drawn to read the books as well. On August 18, 2012, The Hunger Games, will be available on DVD. A serious blockbuster, this movie’s gross box office earnings are at $405, 882,323, to date, with a production budget of $78 million, according to boxofficemojo.com.
I plan to buy it and marvel in disbelief (once again) at author Suzanne Collins’ ability to pull us into her unhinged, post apocalyptic world. Panem is a nation characterized by man’s worst case scenario of cruel, despotic, and let’s not leave out barbaric horrors colliding with the gravest and greatest paradigms of the human spirit (the greatest being demonstrated by child/teen characters). All that meshed with heart-bursting innocence, courage, romance, and hope can transfix your mind long after the film’s 2 hours and 22 minutes have passed. I admire director Gary Ross’ piercing adaptation of Collins’ characters/dystopian society on the big screen. Again, I will tearfully cheer for her 16-year-old, Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen whose selfless moral compass (at least in the first book) embodies everything we hope to cultivate in all of our daughters. Actress Jennifer Lawrence’s performance confirms that she may have been born to play Katniss while other key cast members, like Josh Hutchenson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, and 12-year-old Amandla Stenberg were also well chosen for their roles.
I invite you to join me in being mindful of who gets to watch this movie on your watch, in your home. The Hunger Games is rated PG-13, however, I would bump it up to age 15 (with thoughtful exceptions) for viewer maturity preference. It’s disturbing and merits good old fashioned family participation with parents and more mature sibling being there for their teen viewers. Remember, back in the day, when watching a movie was family driven recreation? Why not use the opportunity to engage your teens in conversations about the parallels they are facing in their own world, their own self image, their fears, competitive situations, and managing relationships? The Hunger Games serves all that up and more.