Are you a busy mom? Did I even need to ask?
As a busy mom, I know you can relate to this daily struggle – figuring out what to feed your kids that’s quick and healthy. Countless snack options exist if you don’t care about nutrition or wholesomeness. But making sure you have wholesome snacks available when you’re kids are hungry takes a little bit of work.
I’ve found the key to making sure we eat wholesome foods is planning. Well, planning, and not trying to serve a huge variety of foods. Let me explain.
A Busy Mom Day
Our busiest day of the week (Wednesday) looks like this:
- shower, breakfast, drop kids off at school and preschool
- fit in a quick workout, then run an errand
- preschool pickup at 12
- lunch & naptime for my little guy (outside playtime before his nap if the weather is nice)
- gymnastics for all three at 4 p.m.
- get home by 5 pm to do homework & let the kids play while I make dinner
- 6 pm dinner
- 7:30 pm kids bedtime
On days like these, I don’t feel like I have time to relax, much less plan out meals and snacks. If I don’t figure those out ahead of time, a day like this can end up a disaster with cranky kids and, worse, an irritable mom!
3 Easy Wholesome Snack Ideas – My Simple Snack System
At the beginning of every week, I make meal plan for each night then decide what our main snacks will be for the week. By deciding what the snacks are ahead of time, I can buy in bulk and save money.
I’ll mix it up so the kids don’t get bored, but the basic gist is this – one convenient snack item so we can grab on the go, one or two types of fruit, and crackers (that we eat with natural peanut butter or cheese).
After I shop for our food, I show the kids what they have for snacks that week, and I explain that they’re allowed to get any of those snacks at any time (because I know they’re nutritious) as long as it’s not close to meal time. Since they’re young (7, 5, and 3), they still ask me every time they want to get a snack, which I don’t mind. 🙂
So for example, this week these were our snack options:
- Fruit – bananas and grapes
- Convenient snack item – Sprout® Organic toddler purees
- Crackers – gluten free nutty crackers
The Purpose of Limiting Snack Options
I find that sticking to only a few different snacks means
A) they’re more likely to get eaten so I don’t feel like I wasted money at the store and
B) I don’t hear a lot of whining about snack choices because I’m able to show them all the weekly options up front.
Real.honest.pure Sprout® Organic Toddler Purees #SproutFoods
I only recently found out about Sprout® toddler purees. They’re found in the baby food section of the store, so I hadn’t thought of stopping there since my youngest is at the last stages of toddlerhood.
These awesome little snack pouches are just what moms need – a way to get fruits and veggies into our kids’ diets.
I feel like it hasn’t been a super duper long time since I had an infant in the house, but boy oh boy have the options improved when it comes to baby food!
I was so excited about the Sprout pouches that I bought some for my friend’s baby to try! They’re coming over for a playdate next week, and I like to have age-appropriate food for all the kids.
Here are some of the baby food flavors. I love the different combinations you can find these days!
This is a sampling of the Stage 2 foods selection for infants ready to try food combinations. Check out the unique flavor profiles! So many more options now than there were even 5 years ago!
I’m excited to see how my little guy likes his Sprout® pouches! I love them because they’re USDA certified organic, preservative free, non-GMO, and come in BPA free packaging….but I’m sure all he’ll care about is the taste! 🙂
If real, pure ingredients are something you look for in your kids snacks, you can’t go wrong with these Sprout® Organic toddler purees (or baby food depending on your child’s age). They also have a selection of toddler snacks you might like. These products are available at a variety of retailers. I purchased mine at Harris Teeter, but you can also find the brand at the following stores: Stop & Shop,Giant, ShopRite, Wegmans, Albertsons, Jewel, and H-E-B.
For the latest, follow Sprout on Twitter: @SproutFoods
This just in! I was able to snag a Sprout® Organic Foods coupon for my readers. Just click on the image below to go to the coupon printer:
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
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