Two Tips to Up Your Snack Game

Snack Ideas for the Whole Family

Hi there! It’s snack time. We’ve got some ideas to share on how to keep things fresh and how you can avoid snack ruts. What we are sharing is easy to assemble, easy to find at stores and hopefully gives you enough mix and match options to get through the next couple weeks.

Why is food variety important for kids?

If kids, especially toddlers, eat the same thing over and over, they stop eating that food. Seriously, it can turn a food they love into a food that they don’t want to eat anymore. For us parents that rely on easy snack times and safe foods, we want to avoid losing any food our little ones classify as foods they like!

So here we go. Here are Foublie’s 2 tips on how to keep snack time fresh.

Tip 1: Buy the right food for snacks

We recommend thinking of snacks like this: 1 snack has 3 elements. You need a base, a spread and a topper.

Got that? Good. So what does that mean? Base foods are what you build on. My family lovingly calls these foods ‘vehicles’ that you use to eat other foods. Spread foods are what we all want to eat with spoons. They are usually higher in fat which makes them filling foods and usually very tasty! Last, topper foods. For a kid these take snacking up a level. They may look like sprinkles and certainly add novelty. For a parent, topper foods can be the one difference that gets a child to try a new food.

Take one from each category and there you go. I like to have 3 from each category on hand to mix and match. But you do you!

Base:
Celery
Bagel
Cucumber

Spread:
Cream cheese
Peanut butter (sun butter, almond butter, etc)
Hummus

Toppers:
Chia seeds
Dried fruits like cranberries or raisins
Feta

Tip 2: Switch up how you serve the snack

There is another way to keep snack time fresh. If you only have a limited number of foods to pull from to make a snack try serving them in different ways. For example:

  • Serve the foods ‘deconstructed’, meaning keep each food separate
    Cut the base in a different way- for example a cucumber can be cut in strips or in rounds
    Concentrate the toppings on one side of the snack
    Arrange the foods in the shape of a flower, heart, house or something fun
    Break out the fun plates!

 

Happy snacking! 

We hope this new way of snacking helps you get through these next weeks! Remember a happy, healthy snack = base + spread + topper. 

 

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