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Summer Fridge Snacks

Sometimes snacks seem like a necessary evil.  During the summer when kids are playing all day long, they really do need something to replenish their energy, but as a parent it is sometimes a pain to always answer to the call of 'Mom, I need a snack!'.  Since I have a babe on the way, I have really been trying to get my girls to be more independent.  I have moved their dishes to a low drawer they can reach, made a snack box for our pantry, showed them how to fill up their own drinks, etc.  I'm always looking for ways to make things easier so that they can help themselves with their needs.   With snacks, I really want the convenience of being able to let them just grab and go, while at the same time having healthy choices available.  With just a little prep you can have the best of both worlds!

I put together a box of snacks that go in the fridge that include a variety of healthy options.  Here is a list of things that are seasonal that could go in your box:

This is what we put in our snack box:

Place your box on a shelf that your kids can get to and then next time they ask for a snack - just direct them to your box filled with delicious and convenient snacks!  

Sometimes when we have something that is a lot bigger - a melon - I will just cut it up and put it in a clear tupperware so that my kids can see what is in it.  If they are hungry I get it out and give them a fork and let them just eat it out of the container.  

Healthy summer snacking just requires a few minutes of preparation, and placing your healthy foods where it is convenient for everyone!  

 

Food-safe Storage Containers 

 

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Comments

07/08/2013 10:37am
I can't even count the number of times my son would come home from playing with his friends or come home from school and the first words out of his mouth were always 'I'm hungry.' With all the other things I was working on sometimes it was difficult to go cut up some fruit or get him some veggies. This is a great idea though because I can make up the snack bags and cut up veggies when I have the time and they're ready whenever he wants them. Plus I can be sure he's eating something healthy and getting the right amount.
sallyjrw
09/14/2013 1:10pm
Thanks for the great ideas!
Taryn
05/20/2014 2:08pm
How long will cut up fruits and veggies last in the fridge? I have a 2 year old and a 3 month old, and while I'm surprised by how much the older one eats, I don't want to go overboard and have anything go to waste.
05/21/2014 7:46am
It depends on the fruit or veggie. Sliced cucumbers, and bell peppers will only last a few days, while cut up carrots will a few weeks.
Heather Barrie
05/20/2014 2:33pm
What brand of fruit leather have you found that you like? Thanks!
05/20/2014 2:36pm
Stretch Island Fruit Leather is my favorite!
Roberta
05/20/2014 2:34pm
I love the use of the little plastic shoebox. This is a great idea for portion control too.
Kristina
05/20/2014 8:43pm
I know someone else already asked but I also have a two year old... and she is very picky at the moment trying to survive on cheese and crackers sorta diet and I'm wanting to try to introduce healthier ideas but every time I had tried when she was younger it all went bad... how long does this stuff last cut up?
05/22/2014 1:38pm
To be on the safe side, I would say that the fruits and veggies that go bad the fastest will probably last for 3 days in the fridge after you cut them up. Hope that helps!

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