If I don’t do a good job preparing at the beginning of the week, I find myself finishing Joy’s lunch and eating her snacks when I get hungry. “Frozen” graham crackers, leftover chicken nuggets, and apple sauce pouches don’t make for a well balanced adult diet.
I can’t be the only one hell-bent on getting my daughter to eat something nutritious and then I completely forget about myself…
That’s why I have been working harder at snacking smarter and for me, that starts on Sunday. At the very least, I try to chop up some fruits and veggies, making them easier to grab.
I also try to keep a yogurt dip on hand to make those vegetables a little more exciting.
Honestly, I usually just pick one up at Trader Joe’s. They have some delicious options and can be a real timesaver.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, here is a great copycat recipe!
My favorite thing to do though is assemble easy snack packs. Have you ever been to Starbucks and seen their little protein packs for $5? Well I can make a week worth of snack packs for less that $10. For me variety is everything; I want something sweet, something salty, a vegetable, and a fruit if possible.
Another perk of these snack packs is that you are putting just a little of a lot. It will prevent you from overindulging on any one item.
#1 Pistachios, snow peas and carrots w/ yogurt dip, pretzel thins, and a homemade granola bar.
#2 Fresh Fruit with greek yogurt, walnuts, and Belvita Breakfast Biscuits
#3 Chocolate covered pretzels, jalapeno cheese cubes, Applegate smoked turkey, snow peas and carrots w/ yogurt dip.
#4 Pretzel thins, jalapeno cheese cubes, smoked turkey, and apple slices w/ almond butter.
Here is a printable shopping list:
These were the snacks I packed last week. If this is something you would like to see more of, please let me know!
Our family applies the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating healthy so these boxes allow us to indulge when we want and not waste our treat on mindless snacking!