Help! One of the Mums in the Mouths of Mums office needs your advice on healthy snacks for kids.
I once heard a story of a wicked stepmother (and this is a true story not a fairytale) who believed her teenage step daughter ate too much and so put a padlock on the pantry and kept the key AROUND HER NECK! Appalling! Heartwrenching! Or so we all thought…
My little miss 7 is constantly ‘starving’… The good news is she can now help herself and I don’t have to spend my life in the kitchen making cheese and apple and crackers. And the bad news is – she can now help herself! Every time I turn around she seems to be eating something else (a snack especially put aside for lunchbox treats mostly. Never the dime a dozen Arrowroots…).
Apart from a constantly empty pantry, the other side effect of her voracious ‘appetite’ is that the 4 year old and the just turned 2 year old now think it’s their right to help themselves in the pantry (luckily all the 2 year old can reach are the raw potato’s.)
Before they bankrupt me, and clog their arteries, I’m taking action. I’m doing a ‘healthy canteens’ number on my pantry and restricting the ratio of ‘red’ foods and upping the ante on the ‘green’ foods. So that’s where I need help – anybody got any tips for easy, healthy, and (ideally) low cost snacks?
Note from Nikki: for any Mums who aren’t yet into the land of school canteens, ‘green’ foods are all those healthy foods and snacks kids can enjoy as often as they like (think carrot sticks, dried fruit, nuts, sultanas, pieces of fruit – you get the picture). And ‘red’ – pretty obvious. Red means stop so these foods really need to be sometimes foods.
So, any ideas on snacks you can share, we’d love to hear from you.