When my kids were younger, my favorite time of day was when they came home after a few hours of preschool and kindergarten. Excited to share their day, we would make a healthy snack together, kids chopping vegetables to go with my homemade bread (whole wheat of course)! Back then I was convinced that if the kids helped me prepare food in the kitchen they would grow up to become well-rounded and health-conscious eaters.
Fast-forward 10 years: two kids in high school and one in grade school. The health-conscious philosophy has not really come to pass; I have three kids with three distinctively different opinions about what a snack entails ranging from gummy bears to a bag of chips, or pretzels to three toasted white bagels loaded with butter. Not exactly what I had in mind during those lazy afternoons of yesteryear.
With school back in session and a sound resolution on my part to provide ONLY healthy snacks, I’ve come up with a plan: I have labeled and filled two separate snack drawers, one in my fridge and one in my pantry. The offspring can choose up to three snacks (depending on how close we are to dinner and age of child), two from fridge and one from pantry (in that order, if three snacks are actually needed). The fridge snacks include fruit, cut veggies, yogurt, cucumbers (my kids love those), berries of any kind (especially raspberries), cheese sticks and slices of turkey (to be rolled around the cheese sticks) – all loaded into one drawer marked SNACKS. Secondly, I have dedicated a small container in my pantry for snacks and it contains mostly the stuff wrapped in colorful silver cellophane (the contents of which are not usually mentioned in the same sentence as healthy eating). But I figured by balancing the healthy and the-not-so-healthy together, I may see success.
If this experiment flourishes, my biggest challenge will be to keep snacks in stock. With a 15-year old son who can, after football practice, devour the contents of my entire fridge in 15 minutes flat, I am already wondering how many times a week I’ll need CobornsDelivers on my doorstep in order to replenish the snacks drawers alone.