Kids are like Hobbits – they require snacks. LOTS of snacks. Breakfast, Second Breakfast. Morning Tea, Elevenses, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Supper … the list goes on and on and on. It sometimes feels like they NEVER stop eating.
“Mum I’m hungry” becomes so frequently said that I almost don’t believe it when they say it. Some part of me thinks “you’re just bored, have a drink” … which is why my go-to snack idea is “have an apple if you’re hungry”. Usually that weeds out the fakers from the really hungry haha
When I shared my essential Grocery items that we buy every week, a few people said “but what about snacks for your kids”, and I tried to explain but I’m never very good at it haha … so here’s the lowdown on what we do for snacks:
Each week we buy a variety of fruit and vegetables – this is what we predominantly use for snacks and/or meals. This includes in the lunches that I make for School.
So here’s the official list of what we roughly get each week for snacks:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Corn Thins
- Mini Bites
- Potato Curls / Potato Sticks
Fruit and vegetables are an every week buy. So are popcorn, corn thins, yoghurt, cheese and salami. The rest depends on how we’re feeling.
We don’t really buy biscuits and actual chips. We also don’t buy orange juice. Those are just not items we need unless it’s a special occasion. There’s no judgement in that – we just don’t buy them.
I try to think of snacks as the “in-between fillers” … the stuff that keeps the kids going for a little longer until the next main meal.
If I actually did baking, I would also use that as a snack too. I used to bake all the time, but I don’t do it as much as I probably should.
Please note: I am not a nutritionist or a health professional. I am a Mum just trying to do the best for my kids. I don’t always get it right, and I’m ok with that. This is just a post about what I do with my kids: you can choose what you do with your own and if you want to use my suggestions then that’s great. I do not mind either way.