Getting Organized: Create a Kid-Friendly Snack Station
Do you dread snack time when your kids get home from school every day? They are starving and ready to eat you out of house and home. I have to admit I haven't always been prepared for these snack times. It is so easy just to let your kids grab whatever is handy, and start snacking. Which isn't necessarily bad, depending on what you have on hand for them to eat!
This last weekend I re-organized my pantry cupboard and cleaned out my refrigerator. When I went grocery shopping I decided to buy more kid-friendly snacks for my children and to package them in a way that would be easy for them to serve themselves. I wanted to create a serve yourself "snack station" for my kids.
I got my snack station inspiration from a pin I saw on Pinterest. When you create your own snack station, make a list of snacks your children enjoy. For our snack station I purchased:
- Goldfish crackers
- Vanilla wafers
- Yogurt covered raisins
These were the snacks I knew my kids would eat. You could buy different types of dried fruit, nuts, popcorn, anything your child might enjoy for an afternoon snack.
After you have purchased the snacks, divide them into individual portions. You can buy snack-sized ziploc bags. This way your child is only getting one portion instead of directly eating out of the box!
Next find a container that will look nice on your counter or will fit on your pantry shelf to store the snacks in. I just used a plastic Tupperware container.
You can also create a snack station in your refrigerator. A lot of time fruits and vegetables don't get eaten if you don't prepare them for your children (or even yourself!). I decided to cut up some fruit and vegetables and store them in containers in the refrigerator for my children. Again, I chose things I knew that they would eat:
- Green bell peppers
Choose any fruits or vegetables your children will eat and have them already cut up in the refrigerator and ready for them to eat. I also have yogurt and string cheese they can eat whenever they want.
My children are enjoying their new stack stations. Even my two-year-old is helping himself to yogurt and cut-up strawberries in the refrigerator when he is hungry. The key is that if there isn't anything in there that they can't eat then they will always help themselves to snacks that you want them to have, and they have control over choosing healthy foods for themselves.
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