I get lots of questions and emails on how I create healthy snacks for my family. Most of you all know, that I started a healthy weight loss journey this time last year. It’s still going strong and I thought I would share with you some of my ideas that I do for my family.
At the beginning of each week, I go to the grocery store or farmers market. It depends on our schedule of the weekend to which location that I go to pick up our weekly produce. I select the veggies and fruits that I know we all will eat. I come home then and begin the big divide. I pack the girls lunch everyday so I use several small containers. Each container will get a serving size of either fruits or veggies. All these containers reside on our bottom shelf all week. I then will fix up four big containers of the fruits and veggies. The big containers are used for snacks here at home and the small serving size containers are used for packed lunches every day.
It does take time on Sunday’s to do this every week, but it is worth it during the week when the girls and I can just go to the fridge open and take out a quick and easy snack. Now, we also have a wooden cabinet that sits in our dining room. This is our dry food cabinet. I will fill that cabinet up with wheat thins, veggie crackers, baked lays, fruit snacks, peanuts, graham crackers and granola bars. The girls are allowed to pick one of these snacks when they get home from school and one before they go to bed. Now notice, they can go into the fridge unlimited to get the fruits and veggies, but we do limit them on the dry snacks. For the dry snacks, they are allowed to fill a bowl half way.
That is the big thing, it is all about portion control and teaching the kids early on. Now, listen up! Do you notice what types of snacks I have? I do not have little debbie cakes, cookies, and etc sitting around. All that carb, and high fat stuff will do is cause your family to be unhealthy, so why even buy it? Do not bring it in the house and you will not be tempted to eat it! It is simple as that. Make sure you have the healthy snacks and just keep doing this process each week. You will feel better about yourself (not sluggish) and you will lose weight in the process.