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How We Solved Our After School Snack Dilemma

By Meghan Gesswein |

After a long day of school, my kids come home famished. This could be due, in part, to the fact that my 2nd grader can’t be bothered to sit and eat his entire lunch while at school. There’s so much fun to be had on the playground! And my Kindergartener had become accustomed to snacking all the livelong day, so being in an environment where his opportunities to eat are pretty strictly regimented has left his poor little tummy grumbly by the time he gets home in the afternoon.

After a few days of being asked for cookies and potato chips as soon as they walked in the door, I was wondering what I could do to help appease their hunger, but also feed them something that was nutritious…and delicious.

So I decided to use a few of the ideas that I’d seen on Pinterest as inspiration and created two separate snack “drawers” for the kids. Now, when they get home from school, they know that they are allowed to have one item from the pantry drawer and one item from the refrigerator drawer. There are no arguments about WHAT they’re allowed to have because it’s right in front of them, and each drawer has things that are capable of satisfying every type of craving.

The refrigerator drawer is stocked with mozzarella sticks, baggies of grapes, apples or watermelon (or whatever fruits I purchased that week), carrots & ranch, Go-Gurt and Yoplait Trix yogurt. The pantry drawer is full of individual size servings of crackers, pretzels, popcorn and granola bars. The boys love being able to have some control over what they eat and I love how much easier it makes the afternoons for all of us. We don’t spend any time arguing about what they can have, and I don’t spend a ton of time prepping, preparing, and cleaning up after whatever snack they’ve decided upon that day. I refill the drawers over the weekend, or as needed, and then my job is done. Gotta love that.

Now if only I could figure out how to streamline the rest of my life.

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About Meghan Gesswein


Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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12 thoughts on “How We Solved Our After School Snack Dilemma

  1. Just Heather says:

    I love having a specific drawer for the kids’ snacks. It really helps keep the afternoons from being chaotic, since they can come right in and eat their snack before moving on to chores and homework.

  2. Erin says:

    My kids are so cranky when hungry so I always make sure I have fast and healthy snacks. Otherwise I can’t deal

  3. Lana says:

    I’m with you on easy clean up thing. Last thing I want to do is clean up a major snack only to have to start making dinner in a couple hours.

  4. Katie says:

    Totally miss after-school snack… now my kids get to have all of the fun.

  5. Colleen says:

    So smart! You’re letting your children choose, but you’ve stacked the deck so that all of the choices are healthy. Bravo!

  6. georgiapeach says:

    I am a HUGE fan of this idea! It will make my life so much easier come the afternoons!

  7. kathryn says:

    This is great because the kids love having choices, but I’m happy because I can stock the drawers with snacks I approve of!

  8. mbaker says:

    I take the easy way out. I predominantly buy healthy food and the few unhealthy things I buy are out of my kids’ reach. They get free reign of the pantry and fridge and I don’t have to worry because all of the choices are healthy.

  9. Danielle says:

    After school snacks have started to become a dilemma in our house as well. My oldest just started kindergarten, thanks for the post, it helps a lot!

  10. Janice Croze says:

    You never know when those snack packs will come in handy — like when you have a ton of kids over for a playdate and they all are starving.

  11. Kelsey says:

    I agree- give the kids some choices and let them have fun!

  12. laurenjimeson says:

    Great idea! My daughter is always going into the fridge asking me to fix her something. This would make it easy for me and her.

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