The toys from the Generation X childhood were really cool and nothing gets us Xers more nostalgic than thinking about the toys we played with when we grew up. Now a lot of these are collectors items.....
Here is a sampling of the toys that were in my toy box when I was a tot:
Fisher Price Little People:
These little folks hung out in my Wolverine brand metal dollhouse:
The 1976 red, white and blue Bicentennial View Master with cool 3-D pictures to look at:
Hi Ho Cherry O:
Bear coloring book:
My first record player.....
Gen X Food....
Because I'm sort of a foodie, health conscious out of necessity, and crazy about Gen X food, it follows that I would want to share with you some favorite Gen X foods that I used to love and what I usually eat now in their place.* I try to keep sugar to a minimum and I have to eat gluten-free, and you'll find recipes in some of my entries. A lot of Gen Xers have to watch their diet due to the toll of many years of high-stress lifestyles. Also, these days a lot of people have various food allergies so I included ideas for you below. Enjoy!
Waffles: the perfect companion to all those Saturday morning cartoons you watched. I'm pretty crazy about Van's wheat/gluten free waffles - egg and dairy free, whole grain, and sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar.
Fudgesicles: can be good on the rare occasion, but more often, I might pick up a package of Coconut Bliss frozen dark chocolate bars - made with agave nectar and organic, fair trade cocoa.
Macaroni and Cheese: many a latch-key kid's weeknight dinner. I like Amy's Macaroni and Cheez made with rice pasta - good stuff if you are also lactose-intolerant.
Potato Chips: Many bags of these were consumed by Gen Xers watching after-school specials. If you cannot eat potatoes, try CrispRoot brand cassava chips.
Chicken Nuggets: I call this elementary school cafeteria comfort food. I like Applegate Farms gluten-free chicken nuggets - humanely raised, no antibiotics, no artificial ingredients.
Soda/Root Beer/floats: obviously no arcade experience was complete without this. I love Virgil's root beer and soda - especially the diet soda made with stevia*, herbs and spices. I also love Blue Sky soda in pretty much any flavor - this was originally made in New Mexico where I am from. If you look on the can, you'll see some of the flavors are made with stevia instead of sugar. Izze's sparkling clementine soda with homemade vanilla ice cream as a soda float is a great way to experience the Creamsicles we used to eat as kids.
Hot Dogs/Corn Dogs I love Trader Joe's nitrate-free hot dogs cooked in the toaster oven so they get a nice camp-fire toasty look and taste. I also like Applegate Farms gluten-free hot dogs.
Popcorn - perfect for watching old 80s movies. I love homemade - I pop it in a pan on the stove, use real butter, and sea salt. Then I get crazy and add whatever spices speak to me at the moment - lemon pepper, garlic powder, whatever.
Pizza: what Gen Xer didn't have a least one birthday party that involved pizza? I really like Amy's - with this brand, you get an assortment of dairy-free (if you want it), gluten-free (if you want it), or even vegan.
(If you haven't discovered stevia yet, it is incredible. Who knew there is a sweetener out there that actually lowers the glucose in your blood? Very good stuff. It goes into a lot of my baking and hot beverages.)
I have found many of the items above at either Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or the natural food section of some grocery stores. If you can't find these items locally, ordering online may be a good option. Have fun enjoying the generational comfort food you remember from the past, and take good care of yourself in the present.
Real butter and real cream are well acquainted with my refrigerator. I don't fear the real stuff.
Gen Xers were raised on a lot of processed food, so these days, the more you can eat of whole foods, the better. So eat your vegetables.