This is just what have done and recently discovered.
The To Go Snacks
I have a designated bin for snacks. All of these snacks are quick grabs for the diaper bag and myself.
In this bin I keep baggies of animal crackers, veggie/fruit straws, nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, trail mix,etc.
I also have pudding cups, granola bars, organic fruit/veggie gummies,freeze dried fruit.
Now, y’all. I am cheap! I buy these things in bulk. Separate the serving sizes, i.e 12 crackers per baggie.
My baggies are colored on purpose this allows me to keep things organized.
Here for example, I have yellow bags filled with apple straws and crackers, blue bags filled with just crackers, and the red bags are just apple straws.
I do separate the nuts for myself into smaller, little snack bags, but I’m out today.
The baggies I use are the cheapest of the cheap on the shelf. One day, I’ll get even cheaper about it and buy reusable ones.
The snacks, like I said are in bulk, on sale, or cheap..but also I am weird about certain ingredients, so I always check out what’s in the food before I buy.
The gummies I buy for my daughter are found at dollar general, the freeze dried fruit is at dollar tree (there is more in the package than Wal-Mart’s brand)
Snacks At Home
I recently discovered this trick and it works SO well with my two year old and my mommy brain.
She gets…her own snack drawer in the fridge! …that she has to share with mommy and daddy.
So, I haven’t found containers yet to organize this a little better, but I took my fruit drawer and added a few things.
In mason jars I have string cheese, the bowl has boiled eggs, then we have apples and grapes.
The grapes I haven’t gotten around to slicing up and putting into baggies..
Right above that drawer I have yogurts.
Also, the door bottom shelf I have her drinks of water.
I need to experiment a little with this and find what will fit in that drawer, but I plan on adding other choices, such as half pb&j,cottage cheese,berries.
My two year old can open the fridge get what she wants and is good to go.
She isn’t allowed in there except after she has eaten her meals and not before.
It took a day to set the boundaries, but after a few “no dont do that” she got it.
Since these are filling nutritious , she so far, goes in once after breakfast and once after lunch. That’s it.
It’s helping teach her independence and boundaries, and helping me skip the 3 minutes of “what can I give her for snack” and it has been awesome for those days I don’t have a minute for lunch to just grab a boiled egg and cheeese.