WFMW: Snack Baskets

My kids love snacks. They get it from my hips me.

I keep fun snacks and healthy snacks in the pantry. I make them alternate. Something healthy, something not-as-healthy.

Something that has really helped me to do this: snack baskets.

I keep three baskets on the bottom shelf of the pantry at kid-level. I always open up the packages of peanut butter crackers or honey buns (which would fall under not-as-healthy) and dump them in the baskets. They can have their pick of what’s in the basket.

It really cuts down on the “Moommm, there’s nothing to eat!”

I keep a fruit snack basket out on the counter all the time, too, for healthy choices.

Snack baskets work for my hips me!

Comments

  1. 2

    says

    i have snack baskets too. i do mine a little different, but same idea. So much easier than me having to make snacks each time they ask! this way they can get their own when i give them permission!
    :)Jamie

  2. 4

    says

    I do something similar. My kids are all “grazers” and if I don’t, I spend half my day cutting them a piece of this, getting them some of that, etc. etc. It works for the fridge too…containers of already cut fruit, cheese slices, etc. on a low shelf.

  3. 6

    says

    I always put fruit on the counter too, plus I often put a veggie plate out. If I were to ASK the kids if they want broccoli and carrots for a snack, they would say NO WAY. But if I leave a plate on the counter for awhile, they will eat it and then not ask for crackers and stuff.

  4. 9

    says

    I try to keep self-serve healthy not-too-messy snacks accessible to my 3-year-old. When I see him going for the whole wheat graham crackers or pretzals, I know it’s time to serve some real food. Or just let him snack away if I don’t have time right then.

  5. 10

    says

    HONEY BUNS!!!!!! What I wouldn’t give for a slightly heated up honey bun right now!!! Ummmm. Okay, besides that–what a great, and easy idea! Thanks. :-) (No thanks on the craving, though!!!)

  6. 11

    says

    We have a snack drawer in our fridge. It has fruit and already cut up veggies in it. We don’t keep processed foods in the house, so those oh-so-yummy things you mentioned aren’t really an option for my kids. Thankfully at ages 2 and 3, my kids are perfectly happy with an apple, pear, or plum. My kids often snack on apples cut up into cottage cheese also…they love it soo much that I can pull it out as dessert after dinner and they party like it’s 1999!

  7. 13

    says

    My basket holds snacks for the little ones still at home, and items for lunch. I try to pack the basket on Sundays, and then check it on Wednesday to see if I need to add in more supplies. I also keep extra thermoses in the basket just in case we need them for lunch, but they do take up a lot of room.

  8. 15

    says

    What a SMART idea! I never thought of that! *scurrying off to go make snack baskets* Everytime I open my very small pantry, my daughter is forever bombarding me with Mommy, I want that ______ fill in the blank with a not so healthy snack! And since she already saw it, I automatically know it will be a fussy afternoon if I refuse. I never thought of emptying various stuff into baskets and letting her choose.

  9. 19

    says

    We have a fruit basket out. As well as the kids have a basket much like yours in the pantry that they can choose from.
    We also have a basket of snacks that they can take to school each day.
    When everything is in the basket it helps me to see how much is there and when I am running low and need to go to the store.

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  10. 22

    cheryl says

    Thank you so much for WFMW. I look forward to this every week. From this batch alone, I bookmarked six ideas and emailed myself 4 ideas to try and two articles for my husband to read. I find inspiration, craft ideas and sometimes, “kicks in the butt” of things I need to work on.

    thank you!!!!

  11. 23

    Emilee says

    I just had a hint for the corn kernel removal, try putting the corn into the center of a bunt pan to hold in place as you slice down the ear of corn- you won’t be juggling and making a big mess because the bundt pan catches what you are taking off.
    Here is someone else who does this but I have been for years, MIL tip.
    This is someone else I found who does this not me (I just googled to find a pick to add)
    http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/easy_tip_for_getting_corn_off_the_cob/

  12. 25

    says

    Is there not a Search feature on your blog? I could not find one. I was looking for Christmas posts… I am sure you have great ideas for how to keep the true meaning of Christmas intact for your children and I am interested in hearing them.

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