NEWSFLASH: Both of our daughters chose an apple for their afternoon snack yesterday!
This is not such a big deal for one of them, since she frequently chooses fruit for snacks. However, the other one….not so much. Of course I didn’t make a big deal about it, but just acted like it was an everyday occurrence.
Two things contributed to their decision: having fruit that they like available….and not having unhealthy alternatives available.
As to the first, there are certain varieties of apples they like, such as Fuji (what we had yesterday) and Gala. Grapes and pears are usually popular fruits, too.
And for the second part, I’m trying to keep the pantry free of unhealthy snacks. Right now we have Bear Naked granola, raw almonds, small boxes of raisins, Wheat Thins, and Triscuits on hand. Sometimes they’ll cover a piece of wheat bread or a Ritz cracker with Nutella for a snack, and I’m okay with that. They could also choose from two kinds of yogurt or energy bites in the refrigerator and a container of homemade vanilla wafers on the counter.
Before you crown me Healthy Mom of the Year, let me assure you that this is a work in progress. Last week they worked their way through a pile of Valentine’s candy (though I did make them choose a few pieces to throw away).
But as I’ve mentioned before, at least for our family, making healthier food choices is a journey, and choosing apples for snack is a small step in the right direction.
What healthy snacking tip could you share with me?