The holidays are a fabulous time for reconnecting with the kids. However, it can be a time when the demands, especially for food get ramped up a notch or two. In this post, we will cover some simple tips to create a healthy snackbox, so your kids are in control of their own snacks!
My kids typically start the “can I have ” barrage three minutes after eating breakfast. They will happily eat all day if I let them.
After finishing one meal, they would always be asking what was for lunch.
As a parent, I wanted to be able to give them treats but still wanted to provide them with a healthy balance of fruit and veg. I also longed to curb the constant request for snacks.
I tried various methods to stop the constant mithering for snacks but nothing seemed to work, so I looked a little deeper and tried to figure out why they were so obsessed with food and snacks. I wondered if they worried that there were going to be no snacks and that’s why they had to keep asking to reassure themselves that they would be getting a snack.
So I decided to experiment with a homemade kids snackbox.
What is a snack box?
A snack box is a large bag or box which is filled with healthy snacks for your kids. I tend to pick two snacks from the healthy snack list and one snack from the treat list, depending on what we have planned for the day.
Healthy kids snackbox ideas
- Dried apricots
- Dried figs
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried apple
- Dried mango
- Fruit bar
- Fruit salad
- Edamame beans
Snackbox treat ideas
- Banana chips
- Savoury cheese snacks
you could even let your kids choose their own snacks from the list but remember, you know which portion sizes are healthy for your child if you’re unsure click this link for a simple guide on kids portion sizes.
The snackbox rules
The kids are given their individual snackbox at breakfast, and they are responsible for how they eat the contents. They are aware that when they have eaten all the snacks, there is no more food in between meals. My five year old makes sure he keeps his treat for watching tv after dinner!
The benefits of having a snackbox
- The kids are in control of when they eat.
- It takes the guesswork out of snack time for the kids.
- They don’t ask for snacks now, because they can see what snacks are available for the full day.
- The snack boxes are portable, so we do not get caught without anything to eat when we are out.
- The kids can differentiate between the healthy food and the treats and can make healthy choices.
- It is an excellent way to monitor the number of treats they are having in a day.
- The kids get excited to see their snack boxes in the morning!
- My kids are eating responsibly and know now how to use self-control to their benefit.
- I still have my sanity!
I do not include snacks for after-school activities such as swimming, martial arts, rugby etc. as I usually take separate food for these times.
The great thing is the flexibility and portability these snackboxes give me, and of course the lack of nagging!
What are your favourite tips for getting your kids to stop asking for snacks? leave us a comment below!
I hope you’ve found this helpful ,if you’d like to read more tips on healthy eating for your little ones you may like How I Got My Kids To Love Eating Vegetables.
For tips on meal prepping your snacks and healthy breakfasts you might like to check out this post: Easy Meal Prep A Step By Step Guide With FREE Checklists.
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