My 3 Monsters: Healthy Snacking Your Kids Will Love!!

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8.10.2013

Healthy Snacking Your Kids Will Love!!



My kiddos went back to school this week, so, yay!  And boo . . . I do like having a few quiet hours a day to get stuff done around the house, but I dread packing lunches.  Like, seriously, it's my least favorite school year chore.  Trying to keep a pantry full of healthy{ish} snacks and a decent variety of meal options is like pulling teeth for me, but this year I am determined to do it.  We will not resort to the pb&j and cheese curls standard that has become our {cop-out} staple in years past.  At least not too often . . .

Here's my issue, which I hope is a common one:  my kids don't love vegetables.  Or fruit, really, for that matter.  I have failed as a mother.  I would love for them to pack carrot sticks or apple slices more often.  In fact, I used to send apple slices with each of my kids every day only to find that they were tossing them, uneaten, into the trash.  Every. Single. Day.  That's a complete waste not only of perfectly good food, but of plastic bags and MY TIME.  While I still push the fresh snacks on them here at home where I can make sure they're not being wasted, I have long hoped to find some ways to sneak a little extra veggie goodness into their lunches.

Enter Green Giant Veggie Chips!!  
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They're low in fat and packed with whole grain and delicious flavor.  While they're not a substitute for fresh vegetables, they're a might healthier than cheese curls or many other kinds of snacks that kids tend to choose.  I thought they sounded delicious -- Garden Ranch flavored Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips and  Barbecue Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips, yes please.  But would the kids eat them?  See for yourself: 

 Those few crumbs and a rumpled bag were all that were left for me to photograph after the kids got their hands on them.  Sad.  But also, yay!!  For the record, there is a bag of cheese curls still sitting in the pantry.  My kiddos chose veggie chips over cheese curls!  Hooray for small victories. 

So, spill the beans everyone.  How do you get your kids to snack healthier?  Help a mom out, y'all!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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