How We Solved Our After School Snack DilemmaMeghan 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.