And there came Summer break - the time known as the endless snacking days!
Even though we've been sending our kids to school everyday with a morning snack it's now that it becomes harder to deal with this. The schedules become crazy, packed with summer camps or activities, play dates, morning hikes and then we're all going to be asked the same question:
- "Mom! I'm hungry! What's for snack?"
Well, I always try to make it simple and fast to when it comes to going out the door in the morning or when I know that my kids want to go to the park. Simple steps that make every day go smoother and stress free to enjoy the sunny glorious days ahead!
If you know that your kids will be home at a certain time, that will help to get things organized until that times comes. So, if you're planning to go outside always have a bag or a big lunch bag big enough to hole everyone's snacks and drinks. Don't forget to always have napkins and a bag to keep the garbage until you can throw it out in the nearest bin. On the previous weekend try to schedule this in order to shop for the items you're missing and save yourself some time during the week. After all, you want to get some rest too!
PICK THE FAMILY'S FAVORITES:
Make a list of the favorite snacks that usually get picked by your family. If the kids want some chips or cookies always try to split them up in reusable bags and write each family member's name on it so it doesn't get tricky when the time to eat comes around. Each one picked their own so they'll stick to it.
DON'T FORGET THE DRINKS:
It's going to be hot outside and the kids will be running around so, make sure to have those reusable water bottles filled up and cooled before you head out. If they prefer juice choose the smaller packages and try to get a brand with the lowest amount of sugar possible and no preservatives. Again, make sure that everyone knows what bottle they'll be having!
KEEP IT HEALTHY:
We all know that the variety of snacks is just overwhelming huge! You can loose hours at the grocery store going through those aisles and reading labels just to make sure that you're choosing one of the best ones or, at least, not one of the worst!
We always have fresh fruit and vegetables around the house so we usually carry a variety of fruit that I wash and pat dry and then the kids can eat them with pretty cocktail forks. There are other great options like popcorn (you can spruce them up just by sprinkling some cinnamon and tossing them to spread the flavor), string cheese, mixed nuts (just make sure to portion them not to over do it), crackers, low salt organic chips (sweet potato chips are my son J's favorite ones!) or Greek yogurt (choose your favorite flavor and just make sure to carry spoons too!).
These are the tips that help me get through summer break with having a breakdown!
I hope they'll help you too! In a couple of days I'll be able to show you some of the healthy snacking brand we've been using. They are delicious options and great tasting snacks, so be on the lookout for the next posts!