Why I Allow My Kids To Be In Control Of Their Own Snacks.


How I stop my kids from continually asking for food.

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.

My kids typically start the “can I have ” barrage three minutes after eating breakfast. They will happily eat all day if I let them.

As a parent, I obviously want to give them treats but still want to provide them with a healthy balance of fruit and veg. I also want to curb the constant request for snacks.

How do I stop them mithering?

Enter the snack box!

What is a snack box?

It’s a bag or box which I fill at breakfast, it usually has mainly healthy snacks in, with one or two treats depending on what we have planned for the day.

healthy snack ideas

  • Raisins
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried figs
  • Dates
  • Prunes
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Apple
  • Crackers
  • Breadsticks
  • Dried apple
  • Dried mango
  • Yoghurt

treat ideas

  • Banana chips
  • Biscuits
  • Crisps
  • Sweets
  • Doritos
  • Savoury cheese snacks

I tend to pick two bites from the healthy list and one from the unhealthy list.

The kids are given the bag at breakfast, and they are responsible for when they eat the contents. They are aware that when they have eaten all the snacks, there are no more between meals. My five year old makes sure he keeps his treat for watching tv after dinner!

How does it work?

  • They are in control of when they eat.
  • It takes the guesswork out of snack time.
  • They don’t always ask for snacks because they can visually see what is available for the full day.
  • The bags are portable, so we do not get caught out with anything to eat when we are out.
  • They can differentiate between the healthy food and the treats.
  • It is an excellent way to monitor the number of treats they are having in a day.
  • The kids get excited to see their bags in the morning!

I do not include snacks for after-school activities such as swimming, martial arts, rugby etc. as I usually take separate bits for these times.

The great thing is the flexibility and portability these bags give me, and of course the lack of nagging!

What are your favourite tips for getting your kids to stop asking for snacks?

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.

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