It's official!! We are packaged snack free (less the 3 lone Nature Valley Granola bars that are sitting in the snack basket)!! What you see in this picture are the containers that used to house lunch options for the school day. In the "snack for school" box I used to have peanut butter crackers, goldfish, fruit snacks, and granola bars. The "chip/cracker" bin is self explanatory. In the dessert bin I used to keep snack baggies of cookies, pudding, and random sweets for the kids to take. Below the bins you can see random containers of fruit cups that are now looking mighty enticing!! These are 100% fruit cups that I actually have always purchased for the kids that were largely ignored until now. These shelves are going to transition into storage for the new Ninja Bullet that I purchased as well as various other cooking items that need a home off of the kitchen counter!!
So what are we doing for snacks and lunches? I have taken the suggestions of friends (thank you so much for your ideas!!) and have started to pop air popped popcorn for school and home, celery with peanut butter, fresh fruit, and have added fresh veggies as well. What I have noticed is this-if the kids are really hungry, they will eat the choices that they are given. If they are just jonesing for boredom food, they walk away-hey, then we are all happy. They find something else to do besides eat, and I don't feel bad for giving them options that will build up their bodies!! In my opinion that is a win/win for us all. As our pediatrician pointed out, if they are really hungry then they will eat whatever is put in front of them.
That's right-the nutritional gatekeeper is taking charge around here!!!