Hey, hey, hey, today is Tuesday Talk!
In January, I shared my love of the Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum.
In February, Tuesday Talk was snowed out!
In March, we chatted about all of my ear piercings.
In April, we chatted about my veggie garden.
…we’re talking about SUMMER SNACKS!
I mean, t-minus four days until summer break for us, and I one hundred percent agree with this right here…
I do not understand how during the school year (for 9 MONTHS!!), my kids can take one little baggie to school with a snack for the day, but when they’re at home during those three summer months, all.they.do.is.eat.
So, I’m going to share a few little ideas, and then, I’m hoping you can share some too!
First up…I read this on one of my friend’s Facebook posts years ago, and it’s always stuck with me. She’s a mom of five kids and one time she said that during the summer, she placed five little bins on the counter and every morning, she would put one reusable water bottle in each bin along with one packaged snack and one whole foods snack (an apple, banana, baggie of carrots, etc) and that was all they got for the day. She said she didn’t care if they ate both by 9:00 AM or if they spread it out, those were their snacks, so they didn’t need to ask her for more/graze in the kitchen/make anything else. I really thought this idea was brilliant. Now, to be fair, I’ve never done this…but I like the concept. Have any of you tried this?? I would love to hear your feedback if you have and/or if you have other similar suggestions.
At our house, I really try and keep the basics in the fridge for my kids to grab. You know, things that don’t require me to cut it, peel it, open it, bake it, make it…just easy things.
Here are the most popular snacks I keep on hand from the fridge:
Bananas, small apples, grapes, plums (small fruit that I don’t have to cut up)
String cheese and/or Babybel
Yogurt (I love the squeeze ones the most)
Store bought hardboiled eggs (Trader Joe’s has great ones!)
In the pantry, I like to keep this stuff on hand:
Almonds, mixed nuts and pistachios
Apple sauce pouches
Cereal (my kids like dry cereal for a snack)
And of course, I keep granola bars, protein bars, crackers, chips, etc too.
Last year, when we were quarantined, I had to work on breaking a really bad habit my kids had gotten into…my kids always ask if they can have a drink or something to eat. Always. Sounds like a great thing until you’re home all day together and it finally hits you that your 11 year old is asking for a glass of water. One day, it just dawned on me…what is happening? Yes, you can have water! Of course! You can have an apple too for that matter. I don’t even know how it happened, but I realized that my kids always asked (probably because when they were 3 I needed them to ask, but forgot to tell them when they got older that they didn’t have to anymore) if they could have something to eat or drink. Last summer, we broke that cycle, so this year, I really want them to have lots of easy to grab ideas that will allow them some independence but yet, it’s still snack-appropriate.
So, your turn!
Something we should buy?
Thank you in advance 😉 .