This is another post in a series on the more practical side of life: cooking, cleaning and organizing in order to make room for the good stuff.

The only thing worse than rifling through the kitchen wondering what you can possibly have for a snack is doing so with a two-year old incessantly whining that she’s so hungry while immediately rejecting every suggestion.

Simple solution? Make a list. In her post on menu planning, Johanna highlights the importance of having a master list of meals. This is a great way to cut down the time it takes to plan your weekly menu. So I thought, “Hey, why not do the same thing for snacks?”

I’ve been gluten free for about six years now so this limits our snack choices. Furthermore, we’ve noticed how much better we feel when we avoid processed food so we try to stick to whole foods as much as possible. Sometimes this leaves us baffled about what to grab.

Since making a list on our white board of acceptable and available snacks, snack time battles have decreased. I can see what’s available when I’m feeling hungry and quickly offer two options for my daughter to choose from. And for whatever reason, she’s less likely to argue when I point to the words on the board.

Here’s our current list:

  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Berries
  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Smoothies
  • Homemade Granola
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Carrots

There are other options for snacks if they’re already made: zucchini muffins or banana bread, but this is a quick list of items we almost always have on hand. And for a special treat (and hey, it can be special even if you have it everyday, right? :)) there’s always ice cream and chocolate.

What are your go-to snacks? Any suggestions to add to our list?

 

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