After-School Snacks, a Confession and My Upcoming Series

If your kids are anything like mine, they come home from school STARVING. It’s like they haven’t eaten all day (when I know they have). After school snacks can be a problem…as in they start eating them and don’t want to stop.

I usually try to have some healthy choices and maybe one “unhealthier” option (like homemade cookies) available for when they come home.

This is one of the fun ideas I’ve seen floating around which my kids LOVE (in fact they are having this today when they get home):

muffin tin snacks

Basically, you fill muffin cups with a variety of healthy snack options. It helps kids have choices and the way it’s set up makes them WANT to eat healthy food! At least I’ve found that to be true with my kids. (Pictured are fresh veggies/fruit, gluten-free nut/seed crackers, cashews and homemade hummus.

Feeding your family Real Food can be time-consuming – it’s obviously not as convenient as opening a bag of chips and cookies and putting them on a plate. Taking steps in the right direction is what counts.

Will any of us be perfect all the time? Nope. IN fact, around my house we follow the 80/20 Rule of Healthy Eating. You gotta live a little, right?

ice cream

Speaking of the 20%, we’re having store-bought tortellini for dinner tonight. With jarred spaghetti sauce. Yum.

See, I’m not perfect. I DO try to find better versions of these “non-real” foods for occasional eating, but sometimes ya gotta give your self a little break. Keep things real(ish).

Speaking of the difficulty involved in feeding your family Real Food, I’ve polled some of my friends on my personal Facebook page to see what sorts of roadblocks they have in consuming Real Food. My series will focus on the challenges they shared and some solutions I’ve come across during our real food journey.

I hope you’ll stick around to read them! If you’d like to sign up to get my newsletter (I’ll send it out about once a month with some highlights, tips, extra stuff), please sign up over on the right column. You can sign up for blog post updates as well so that you never miss one!

How about you, what are the challenges that stop you from feeding your family Real Food most of the time? I’d love to hear from you and incorporate them in my upcoming series!

For more info on feeding kids Real Food, check these out:

Nourished Baby (e-book) – focuses on what to feed babies as they transition to food and the latest research on food allergies, etc.

Real Food For Real Life (without going crazy) – practical advice and info on eating Real Food in today’s crazy world

 

 

 

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    Sara G
    April 19, 2014

    I love the muffin cup idea. My son loves veggies for the most part, but I do make a batch of cookies/cupcakes a week for him and his friends. I try to reduce the sugar, use wheat flour, and make them better versions of sweets but I believe a little is okay and if I make it a bad thing he will go overboard when I am not around. So far, it works for us. Thanks for some new ideas!

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      Melissa
      April 19, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by Sara – yes, we try to follow the 80/20 rule and the occasional treat (homemade is best!) is good! 🙂

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