Healthy Snacking On The Go
Having easy fresh snacks at hand as a parent on the go... not as easy as it sounds sometimes! This is the method that I found works best for us.
We get groceries every Sunday morning. When we come home, the chicklet does an activity while I do some food prep for the week.
I wash all my fruit at once and store it for easy grabbing. This saves me from having to wash fruit each time we go in for a handful, and makes sure the chicklet has healthy snacks within seconds for those times where all I hear is 'MOOOOOOM I'M HUNGRY!' and a meltdown is looming.
|Here's the best way I've found to keep fruit clean, fresh, east to grab and not go mouldy.|
- Dish towel
- Storage containers
- Paper towel
- Grab a strainer and set up a clean dish towel on the counter.
- Pick your storage containers and set them out. Use separate ones for each type of fruit.
- Put your fruit on the strainer and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
- Lay the washed fruit on the towel and let dry, we usually do 30-40 mins depending on the temperature inside the house.
- Once dry, rip a strip of paper towel the size of the container bottom and lay on the bottom of the container.
- Stack a layer of fruit on the paper towel.
- Rip another strip of paper towel and lay it on the first fruit layer. Repeat this process of fruit and paper towel layers until you get to the top of the container. Finish with one strip of paper towel on top and then secure the lid.
- Store in the fridge and it's ready for quick grabbing!
Eating Less Packaged Foods With Kids
We found that this easily reduced our need to grab packaged food like crackers and chips when the chicklet gets hangry. Also, this method seriously helps keep the fruit fresh and not go mouldy as fast while in the fridge. Strawberries that used to get shriveled and mouldy within days are now lasting almost a week! This saves me TONS of time, gives the chicklet healthy snacks at home, makes packing food on the go super quick and easy - and keeps junk food grabs to a minimum. #Winning.