Snacks. Snacks. Snacks.
I understand that babies and toddlers and preschoolers have tiny little stomachs and burn incredible amounts of energy, but sometimes I wonder how in the world it can by physically possible for them to actually be hungry the number of times they ask for a snack throughout the day! Am I feeding them the wrong foods? Do they have hollow legs in which they are storing all of this for later? We don’t have a dog, so I know that’s not it.
In addition, I work from home and have to spend at least a few hours a day in front of my computer. Invariably, without fail, beyond the shadow of a doubt, as soon as I sit down and attempt to accomplish something, someone in my house suddenly realizes he or she is wasting away from lack of nutrients.
Enter: The Veggie Box
Simple. Simple. Simple. It’s a fast, easy, convenient, nutritious way to meet the snack demand. It’s just as easy as handing them a granola bar or a cereal bar or a snack cake, and it’s not as messy as applesauce or yogurt (a couple of our other go-to snacks).
Any time I go to the store or the farmers’ market, I make sure we have finger-food veggies, and as soon as I get home, I wash and chop everything up and toss it in the veggie box. My litlest peanut is a big fan of sugar snap peas. My little butterfly back there? Her favorite are baby carrots.
And my oldest could eat a whole quart of grape tomatoes by herself. In one sitting. Yep, I actually have to cut my children off from vegetables some times.
We mix in other veggies also, especially sweet bell peppers of all colors (except green) and cucumbers. I’ve tried raw broccoli and cauliflower before, but they are clearly not a favorite.
This happens to be a Lock & Lock box, which I like because it seals tight and the little “stay fresh tray” in the bottom keeps the veggies from sitting in any water and I think it really does keep them crisp longer. But any box will do!
And if you think there’s no way your kids would snack out of a veggie box, give it a try! I promise they absolutely will not starve if they choose not to eat a snack between breakfast and lunch, or between after school and dinner, and if you just leave a veggie box out on the table for them as their option, their curiosity just might get the better of them.
Make nourishing your family a little easier!