Thursday, July 16, 2009

Snack Drawer

I have been married for 11 years and have moved 9 times, so being in this house for 2 years made me want to reorganize. One thing I have always wanted is a snack drawer for the kids to have readily available snacks that are healthy. I have had a snack shelve for the last 2 years, but the pantry is over crowded, and it is hard for my 4 year old to reach. So last night I found a new home for my cook books and I make a snack drawer.

I wanted to share some snack tips and some of my favorite healthy snacks.

  1. Have healthy snacks somewhere that the kids can help themselves.
  2. Don't forget the fruit. Have a fruit basket or bowl that is in sight so that the kids will see that first when they are looking around for something to eat.
  3. Have a special water bottle in the fridge that your kids can access at all times. This cuts back on dishes and helps kids drink lots of water. Sometime all they really need is a drink.
  4. If you have some unhealthy snacks as a treat (ie, I have some candy for movie night), keep it in a grocery bag and up high so that they are not even tempted by it.
  5. Have a rule about snacking close to dinner time. Ours is that if it is past 5pm, but dinner is not ready, you can eat a fruit or a vegetable. That way if they do fill up, it is on healthy things. Also, since fruits and veggies are low calorie, they will likely be ready for dinner when it is ready.
Our favorite snack drawer items

  • Almonds- raw
  • Raisins (only 1 kid eats these)
  • Gold fish
  • Apple sauce- no sugar added. I do get the ones sweetened with apple juice sometimes. Just no high-fructose corn syrup.
Other snacks that are not in the snack drawer

  • Cheese sticks
  • Slices of cheddar cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cold Cereal with or without milk
We have other snacks too, but these are the ones my kids like that are healthy and that they can get by themselves! I am really into that since having twins :)

I have done other blog posts on the snack ideas that you can click on.

1 comment:

  1. I just love this blog. Lisa, you are so good at providing easy to read, easy to understand information about foods. And you provide all the needed information to buy the healthy things (and why we should). I love the snack drawer idea; it would even help me when I need a snack.