Secret Snacks

This year, I had plenty of goals for myself, but only one goal for each of my children (yes, the good thing about being a parent to little children is that I can make goals for them . . .).

For Ani, the goal was “Sleep better.”

After her sleeping went completely off the rails in October, we finally cracked down and made her fuss it out again and she’s back to sleeping quite well (she’s not really a crier in the night. She just sits in her bed and starts whining really loudly. And then she’ll stop. And then right after you’ve drifted back to sleep, BAM! Another loud moan. It was good times, for sure).

For Ella, the goal was “Eat better.”

Ella has always been a pretty good eater, but she’s hit a stage where she just chooses to be picky. She’d resist eating whatever we were having for dinner, negotiate about every. single. bite, and basically make me want to tear my hair out.

At the start of the year, we really came down hard on no snacking except for right after quiet time so that she’d actually be hungry enough to eat dinner.

I really try to avoid giving her anything else to eat during the day so she’ll eat legitimate meals and so dinner can be a peaceful occasion (well, as peaceful as eating with two small children can be).

All that said, I’m definitely that mom who always has a snack stashed in my bag. Sometimes, if I’m just desperate for something to keep my girls happy during a last errand or at an appointment, nothing works as well as a surprise snack.

Because I use them so rarely, I need something that won’t go bad if it sits for weeks in a zippered pocket and won’t make an enormous crumbly mess. I also want something that I can dole out one at a time depending on how long I need to make it last.

My go-to secret snacks are dried fruit (for some reason, my girls are WILD about raisins. I didn’t start liking raisins until I was well into adulthood, but my girls think they are on par with. . . I don’t know. Something better than raisins) and cold cereal.

(I really do use glass jars most of the time. Because I’m clearly so Zero Waste Home). 

They last forever, they don’t make an enormous sticky mess (lollipops, I’m looking at you), and they’re inexpensive.

And. . . to be honest, at least half the time, the reason I have to restock is because I eat them when I’m out and about by myself and suddenly starving. But I feel completely justified because I always eat my dinner still.

You can see other easy on-the-go snack ideas at

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  • Reply Ashley January 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    My boys love raisins as well. Also granola bars (which are WAY too messy). I need to get on board with my boys snacking better as well. We found Clementine's at Trader Joe's the other week, and my boys can't get enough.

  • Reply Mrs Gray January 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    We do raisins as well (but I buy the little boxes so I don't have to touch them–they gross me out) and dry cereal. My son loves both.

  • Reply debby February 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    not that your post was a cry for advice, but if your goal for ella is to eat better, have you read "how to get your kid to eat: but not too much," by ellyn satter? it's my latest book that i'm pushing on all of my friends and family members because it's revolutionized how i feed/think about feeding my kids. knowing you, you've probably already read it, but i thought i'd throw it out there.

  • Reply Kimberly February 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I get most of my favorite blog recommendations from you. So if you're the one who taught me to love Foodlets, just ignore the rest of this. Anyway. is my current favorite. I like a fair amount of her recipes (especially the muffins), but I really love her philosophy on her kids and food. We take a lot of her ideas and use them here with moderate success. Good luck!

  • Reply Jodi February 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Oh man we are totally in the same boat. I'm always saying "What happened to my good eater?" And thinking how I'll never be able to to it like those French because nobody else in the world is helping the situation! I'm always feeling the need to be very firm with other people about how he can't have snacks otherwise he will not eat!

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