As we wrap up my Healthy Families Head Back to School Challenge, I want to address one of the questions I get most often: “What do you give your kids for snacks?”
First, I really try to avoid snacking as much as possible. I’ve found that my kids don’t eat their meals as well when I allow them to snack, and, like me, they often want a snack for reasons other than hunger (thirst, bored, craving sugar, etc.).
That being said, there are times when a snack is necessary. Sometimes dinner is running late, and their little bodies need something to hold them over until we can sit down together. Or, if I’m being honest, sometimes I just have to choose my battles, and dealing with a meltdown isn’t worth it in that moment.
In situations that warrant a snack I try to make the snack look like a mini meal, but sometimes we are on the go, or I don’t have much prepped, so I resort to convenience snacks. I read labels, and look for foods that have minimal ingredients, even if they aren’t Whole30 compliant (or even paleo), and I only stock foods that we have properly reintroduced so I’m aware of the consequences that could result.
Everything pictured is from my own pantry, and are the snacks I’m usually willing to say “yes” to in a pinch:
✅ meat sticks, bars, and jerky (@chomps, @thenewprimal, @nicks sticks, @epicbar, @dnxbar).
✅ nut butter pouches (@georgiagrinders, @rxbar, @justins).
✅ other bars(@primalkitchenfoods, @rxbar, and fruit leathers).
✅ fruit and veggie pouches.
✅ dried fruit with no sugar added from @madeinnature or @traderjoes.
✅ crunchy snacks (plantain chips, @seasnacks, organic/nonGMO popcorn, and @simplemills crackers.
✅ when making #paleo muffins from scratch is not an option, I may also make a batch of @simplemills muffins.
Eating real, whole foods is my first choice when it comes to snacks, so I really try to have the following foods prepped and ready to grab or stocked in my fridge/pantry:
✅ hard boiled eggs.
✅ leftover meat, lunch meat, or hot dogs / chicken sausage.
✅ raw veggies with ranch or guacamole.
What does your family do for snacks?