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I’ve just returned from dropping my oldest “baby” at college. Not only was it a major logistical task moving a teenaged girl over 10 hours from home but I also had to plan for my family that stayed home while I was gone for three days. A big part of the planning for my family was to plan for the lunches and snacks that my other two children ate while my husband was at work. Since I wasn’t there to supervise, I wanted to make sure that they’d choose snacks I approved of and they enjoyed. These tips to encourage mom approved #Snackation choices worked well for us.
Finding mom approved “Snackation” choices is particularly challenging when my kids will be home alone. I want to make sure that they eat food that I approve of and the best way to do that is offer food choices that they enjoy and I approve of. A couple of weeks ago I stopped by Walmart for last minute college supplies shopping and picked up a bunch of mom approved #Snackation choices for my family to have while I was gone.
Although my focus was on feeding my children that were staying home while I drove my oldest “baby” to college, I just had to pick up Jif To Go Dippers for the long drive. My oldest “baby” and I enjoy them and because everything is in one container, they’re perfect for eating in the car.
Bake Mom Approved Treats
My family loves cookies, so making sure I left them with cookies that were freshly made meant I knew they’d choose them. I wanted to show my family that was staying home that I’d miss them so I baked a batch of their favorite old fashioned Jam Thumbprint cookies (tell me I’m not the only mama that shows her love with homemade baked goods). These Jam Thumbprint cookies are easy to make and always a big hit.
Clearly Identify the Mom Approved Snacks
I placed the snacks that my family could eat while I was gone in on a lower shelf in my pantry in an easy to find upcycled tray. When my family wanted a snack, they knew right where to go to make their choices.
Discuss the Mom Approved Choices
I pointed out which snacks were the ones for them to eat while I was gone. Since I’d chosen snacks that they enjoy, it was easy to whip up excitement for these snack choices.
Place Snacks that Are Not Mom Approved Out of Sight
I placed junk foody snacks out of reach on an upper shelf. With the mom approved choices in plain sight and easy to reach, my family was more likely to choose them.
Provide Mom Approved Snack Options that Your Family Likes
There are mom approved snack options and then there are mom approved snack options that your family likes (and will be excited to eat). I wanted them to choose mom approved snack choices, so I made it easy by providing choices they like and wanted to eat.
My family enjoys animal crackers dipped in Jif Chocolate Hazelnut spread. It’s delicious and easy to serve yourself.
Pretzels and Jif Whips is another favorite afternoon or evening snack. It provides that perfect blend of sweet and salty.
Choose Easy to Prepare Mom Approved Snacks
I provide fruit that was easy to eat (no difficult to cut melons or pineapples). I didn’t want my children cooking while I was gone. For years, my family has loved Smucker’s Uncrustables, so I made sure that they were available. Not only was preparing them easy as can be, they brought back fond childhood memories while my children were enjoying them.
I’m happy to report that I survived
abandoning taking my oldest “baby” back to college and my family survived while I was gone. My family actually fared very well thanks to these tips to encourage mom approved #Snackation choices.