Cutting off there food supply really isn't an option as whining is a big pet peeve of mine. Ironic to have that and snotty noses as pet peeves with seven kids in the home and studying to be an elementary teacher. Go figure. Let's not dwell on snot ... haha ... sorry just giddy that school started today, and it is so quiet in the house now.
What is an option - talking about snacks now - for us? First I have a snack station and a fruit bowl. I will show you the snack center but not the fruit bowl. It is full of sad little fruits that will be converted to muffins for a later breakfast. Peaches, bananas, blueberries ... oh my!
|The snack center|
So I have a snack center which comes in very handy for those days (I will be starting school Monday - as a student not a teacher) and for the before bed snacks as I plan two snacks a day. It isn't as much of a big deal during school year as only the youngest is home with me during the day. The snacking guideline for our house is to eat a proper portion of the planned snack. The center is if you do not like the planned snack, and the portion guideline still applies. If you are still hungry, grab some fresh fruit or veggies. The snack center is replenished each week so if you eat it all before then, too bad and now there is the worry of angry siblings.
So what are planned snacks that go over well in my house (go over well means that a majority of the kiddos like it)? Here is my list ...
- Pudding and Vanilla Wafers
- Gelatin with Whipped Topping
- Stuffed Celery - peanut butter or pineapple cream cheese
- Graham Crackers
- Cheese Crackers
- Popsicles - homemade or store-bought
- Popcorn - kettle, caramel or white chocolate
- Chex Mix or Trail Mix
- Homemade Bread
- Baked Pretzels
- Apples with Pink Lemonade Dip or Caramel
- Funnel Cakes
- Granola Bars
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Cheese Sticks
- Pepperoni Crescent Roll-ups
- Magic Milkshakes
- Cheese and Crackers
- Peanut Butter Crackers
- Fresh Fruit, Melons or Berries
- Baby Carrots and Ranch
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa
- Hot Chocolate (cooler weather snack staple)
And that is snack time in my household ... actually the reality is you snooze, you lose which is applies to any time dealing with food. That is what happens when you live with locusts.