Personal snack baskets are the name of the game in our house. My tweens each have their own basket and can choose two small treats (such as a single-serving bag of chips and a fun-size candy bar) to put in their baskets each day. They get to choose when to eat these treats, and they know they must stick to fresh fruit and vegetables for all other snacks. No limits on carrot sticks! The snack baskets give them freedom as well as responsibility for making healthy choices about what they eat in between their three balanced meals. This approach has helped them learn that less-nutritious snacks can be eaten in moderation, but healthy snacks can be enjoyed almost anytime.
This article appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2014 by Diane Stark. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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