July 13, 2015
How to Organize Snacks and Lunches to Encourage Independence
We’re halfway through the summer and one of the best things I did at the start of the summer was to take a little time to organize some snack and lunch options for the kids to access. Maybe it’s just my kids but it seems like they’re always hungry and this really helps because they can quickly choose a snack and aren’t standing in front of an open fridge looking for something to eat. They don’t have open access to these areas any time of the day, but if they need an afternoon snack, they can choose one thing from the refrigerator or pantry. Even the littlest member of house likes being able to choose a snack or put together a couple components of lunch too.
A couple purchased snacks and lunch items, zip top bags, and some storage bins are all you’ll need to give your kids some independence and healthy snack and lunch choices. (I found the bins pictured here at Target and Amazon).
Snack and Lunch Ideas:
- yogurt tubes (in the freezer)
- cheese and cheese sticks
- cereal bars
- fruit – oranges, apples, prepped seasonal fruit
- apple sauce
- guacamole – great for dipping veggies in
- veggies – carrots, cucumbers, peppers, snap peas, small tomatoes
- dried fruit
Use a measuring cup to portion sizes and put in a zip top bag.
Mix up a couple types of different crackers to make a snack mix.
Once you’ve portioned out the snacks and lunch components, put them in an accessible place – I keep bins in the pantry and the refrigerator.
What else would you add? Do you think this would help your kids with snack and lunch choices?