I’m finally putting some of those awesome Pinterest ideas to good use. Faith is getting to the age where she wants to do a lot for herself, especially in the kitchen. She wants to help me pass out plates, and she wants to get food herself. I created these snack bins using inspiration from Real Simple (via Pinterest). She can now grab a snack from the fridge or pantry (there’s a bin in each), and I know that it will be healthy.
I pre-portioned snacks in the pantry because Faith would probably eat way more than she needs to if allowed to dish it up entirely herself. (The Real Simple photos showed goldfish crackers and their version of trail mix, which was a lot like one I made a week ago, in larger containers.) Here I have organic cheese (bunny) crackers, Whole Wheat Wheat Thins, and my kid-friendly version of trail mix (Cheerios, Craisins and chocolate chips…last week added mini marshmallows) in snack-size baggies. To be green we will wash and reuse the baggies, but I like that we can see the contents. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, after all!
For the fridge I pre-portioned baby carrots, celery sticks, and a thin slices of lunch meat. There’s a small container of pre-washed grapes, a few small Greek yogurts, string cheese, peanut butter (her very own) for the celery, and hummus for dipping veggies (mine and hers).
I liked this idea so much and thought that while I’m trying to eat healthier it would be great for me, too. However, there isn’t room for two bins in our fridge, and if we shared one things would be stacked on top of each other…again, out-of-sight, out-of-mind (that usually breeds wasted food and science experiments…yuck!). I happened to notice these Ziploc containers that I had in a cabinet, and thought they might work well for my snacks. I can portion out snacks for the whole day in one container (cut veggies & dip, nuts, cheese, etc.) and since the package came with two containers, I can make up two days worth at a time. If I’m out-and-about, I can grab the container, put it in an insulated lunch bag, and off I go knowing that I will be on track at least for snacks! One thing I know about myself for sure…if I don’t wash and cut veggies right away, I don’t eat them when I’m hungry for a snack. If I wash and cut them, then I’ll eat them!