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I have no qualms admitting that our family loves to snack. My kids ask EVERY DAY for a snack, between the 3 and 4 o’clock hour. I need to always be prepared. The thing is, it’s so easy for me to default to unhealthy snacks, even if I make them myself. Since that is the case, we created some snack rules that our family follows. Maybe you can relate to them (or use some of them for your own).
Snacks Need To Be Simple
This is my favorite rule, of all time. As the mom, it’s easy to look at elaborate snacks on Pinterest and fancy blogs and want to make them. Stop. Yes, I’m telling myself to stop. Snacks should be as simple as possible. One snack that my kids will love for all time is apple slices with a peanut butter yogurt dip. Peanut butter mixed with yogurt, and apples sliced. Done. Keep the snacks simple, Mama.
Snacks Need To Be Portable
With 3 kids in tow all the time, I’ve learned that we need to make sure that our snacks are always ready to go. If something comes up where we need to be out of the house during snack time, I need to make sure that week’s snack is always down for a quick trip to wherever. If it can fit in a small plasticware, it’s perfect for us. Bonus if I can place them in those containers during prep day, and still have them fresh and ready to go later in the week.
Store-bought Snacks Need To Be Healthy
Yes, we sometimes buy store-bought snacks. We actually have a few favorites that I will keep stocked in our home. Store-bought snacks are not evil, I promise. One of our favorite lines of store-bought snacks is Gold Emblem Abound from CVS. From snack bars, to fruit crisps, and trail mix, we can always count on their snacks to be healthy and delicious. My kids love the banana crisps, while I am head-over-heels for the fuji apple crisps. I’m currently hoarding a few bags. Don’t turn your nose up at store-bought snacks, especially if the ingredients are few and are words you can pronounce.