Snacking happens a lot around my house. And as you can see in the picture above – I’m not always sure who’s eating who! Regardless, with two toddler boys and a husband someone is always hungry at any given moment. And along the way I’ve shared my favorite recipe ideas for both the little ones and grown ups.
Apparently I’m not the only one who loves to nibble throughout the day. Did you know research shows 51% of families are snacking at least twice a day?
Of course, we want to make sure the actual snacks are tasty and nutritious – but there’s more that goes into it than just your food choice. If you’ve got little ones, the more appealing you can make the meal, the more likely they are to dig in and reap the nutritional benefits! I’ve been lucky enough to test out a whole bunch of snack related swag – so here’s my roundup of favorite products to help little ones get their munchies on and learn about healthy food and drink choices!
Snack in the Box is the coolest snack container, featuring two separate chambers that each hold 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. We recently took a trip to the Zoo and these were perfect for keeping the boys’ pretzels and oranges from getting crushed and mushed like they would in your traditional plastic baggie.
My 4 year old Jack did have an easier time eating from it – he figured out he needed to pour the snacks into his hand to enjoy. Charlie, though, spent a lot of time trying to reach his hand inside. Either way – it’s a nice container to use and the color choices are great! And when kids are thirsty, its handy companion, Drink in the Box, is the healthy, reusable option to replace sugary, disposable juice boxes.
If you have younger kiddos – this Marcus & Marcus’ Marcus animal themed Collapsible Bowl is fabulous! It’s a food-grade silicone container. It’s lightweight and collapsible for easy traveling and storage. For instance – on our last road trip I loved being able to open it up and have a baby-friendly serving dish on demand! And rest easy, mamas, because Marcus & Marcus collapsible containers are molded from BPA-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free materials.
Another idea for the little ones are Disney Baby Simply Spoutless Cups from The First Years. We started using spoutless cups when Charlie was first learning to drink. It’s a great way to “train” your baby for drinking out of a real cup one day. I also like these because they let little ones drink naturally from anywhere around the rim (just like an open cup!) and automatically closes tight when they stop sipping. So everything within a 20-foot radius stays dry. Plus, living in Orlando means we love everything Disney and this one is available in Mickey, Minnie, Dory and Cars designs for ages 12 months and up.
This next one isn’t a food container of any kind – but it is definitely a way to make learning about healthy eating a blast. It’s called Learning Resources Magnetic Healthy Foods. Inside you’ll find 33 magnetic “food” pieces, a write & wipe magnetic placemat, 1 menu pad and an activity guide. The suggested activities help kids learn about and choose healthy foods at a restaurant or in the grocery store. Jack and I had a great time playing “restaurant” where he would take my order and then use the magnets to create my meal. It’s actually a fun way to introduce children to the concept of the 5 food groups and healthy meal planning. It’s perfect for kids aged 3-6 years old!
So, those are just a few of my favorite picks. How do you help your kids snack better? Share your own tips and best ideas here and let’s help eachother raise healthy eaters!