“Can I have something to eat?”
“I need a snack.”
Or, my personal favorite: “I’m starving to death!”
If you have children at home – whether they’re preschoolers, homeschoolers, or students on school break – you’ve likely heard some version of those phrases a thousand times…just today!
It usually starts right about the time we’re finishing up the breakfast dishes. The plates and bowls we’re washing prove we fed them, but they swear they’re starving. To death. All that food our kids just consumed is a distant memory, and they want more….and more….and more. In their minds, snack time is all the time. It’s enough to drive a mama mad!
Back when we were still homeschooling, I finally reached the end of my rope with the constant cycle of food prep and clean-up. It made me dizzy. And crazy.
And then I got a great idea: Snack Boxes.
Creating Snack Boxes
I bought some cheapo divided plastic containers at the grocery store, and each morning I had the kids fill their boxes with whatever snacks they wanted that day. They had to choose at least two healthy snack, so I could feel good about it. They also got to choose one “treat,” so they felt pretty good about it, too.
When the children were hungry, they just grabbed their snack boxes and munched on whatever they wanted. No more asking for food throughout the day. No more interrupting their schoolwork. They were happy. I was happy. My kitchen was happy.
Since my kids were old enough to read a list of food choices and pack their own boxes, I hung these lists on the side of the fridge….
Healthy (-ish) Foods
- Healthy cereal
- Peanut Butter (for dipping pretzels, apples, etc.)
- Sugar cereal
- Granola bar
- Fruit snacks
Give snack boxes a try and let us know what you (and your kids) think!
What snacks would you include in a snack box? Share your ideas in the comments!