This barely counts as a hack given how simple and obvious it is…or perhaps that best qualifies it as a hack, come to think of it. I find that my kids and I are most likely to snack on the foods that are easiest to grab with no prep. Points off for having to wash, cut up, heat, or assemble.
So, I'm attempting to make the healthy stuff easiest and most visible in our kitchen. This way, even the youngest can grab and go:
- A colorful array of fruit sits, already washed, in a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter. (I only keep 2-3 apples there at a time, with the rest in the fridge. I refill the bowl as necessary.)
- A Brita filter pitcher full of water sits on the counter, with drinking glasses alongside. Mine is the "Slim" model — I have very little counter space.
- I keep a snack shelf in the fridge stocked with cheese sticks (I like Trader Joe's offerings), cut carrots, and yogurt.
The cookies and chips (what little we have in our house) are stored in a cupboard inside an airtight container, and so require more effort to eat.
The consumption of fruit and water has doubled in our house.
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