the snack tray
Well, it's Tuesday, I think. So my schedule says talk about "Making Home," which means we can talk about food... again. For those of you who care nothing about this, we are almost finished... I can't go on much longer - it's making me miserably hungry!!! Many of you have asked (in person) about our snack tray. This is it. Pretty simple. It cost like $4 at Wal Mart. I fill it each morning and those are our snacks for the day. We started doing this a while back after reading about Lori's family's muffin tin breakfasts. At the time, we were having a hard time with snacking and portion control. Now we sit at the table to eat a couple of sections per snack (depending on the day - what's in them and what our activity level has been pre-snack, etc.). It helps me know what we've eaten each day (ratio of veggies, fruits, protein, fat, carbs, junk, etc.), while still allowing the kids to feel like they are choosing the snack. They also know that if they eat all of the yummy stuff at the first of the day, they are left with the super foods that are a little less exciting for later in the day... We ARE learning a lot about SUPER FOODS these days, though, and what wonderful things they can do for our bodies and our "princess skin" and learning to love them for those reasons. Again, this is one of those things that I have researched as quite a while. Below I will list a few friends we rely on for encouragement, sites we look to for inspiration, and books we've read for education.
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PS - We are bento box lunchers! It's a perfect way to feed preschoolers and toddlers the little finger foods they love and it's super easy for teachers as they don't have as many bags and lids to open, etc. Laptop Lunches is a wonderful site full of fun ideas and WEEKLY idea newsletters. A mama's best friend! Also, this fabulous blog has the millions of fabulous ideas of ways you can use your muffin tins - not just for snacks - check out the Muffin Tin Mom.