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!
The one thing that I feel has the biggest impact has been to prep snacks after we do our grocery shopping, and have them accessible to those little independent kids we are trying to teach. 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!