Make “Fall Cleaning” the Pantry Part of Your Back to School Routine
Whether yours is a single-parent family or both parents work, chances are good that your older kids will spend some time alone after school during this school year. Even kids with stay-at-home moms aren’t supervised 100% of the time. What your kids eat when you’re not looking might surprise you. You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but have you ever considered fall cleaning? I’m talking about cleaning out your pantry, getting rid of unhealthy snacks.
Your kids won’t have to fight the temptation when they’re home alone if you fight temptation at the grocery store. Make it easy on your kids to eat healthy by only providing healthy options at home. They can have sweets and salty snacks on occasion, but only on occasion. If you keep these foods in your pantry, your kids are likely to eat them as often as they can get away with it.
Not only that, they’re likely to combine these unhealthy snacks in new, creative, and humorously disgusting ways. Remember when you were a kid? What horrible food combinations did you come up with? Some of the combinations I’ve heard over the years include sugary cereal with chocolate malted milk balls and marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate chips on white bread, marshmallows melted in the microwave.
Healthy after-school snacks for kids
Get rid of potato chips
Get rid of toaster pastries with fruit filling
Get rid of pizza rolls
Get rid of fruit-flavored snacks
Your kids are likely to gravitate toward food that’s easy to grab and go. If you make fall cleaning your pantry part of your back to school routine, you can ensure that they make healthy choices because only healthy foods will be available to them.
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