Before little T arrived in our lives, my husband used to have a “secret” stash of chocolates in his bedside table drawer. I don’t really know why he referred to it as his secret stash when I of course knew of its existence. But ever since little T was born, that is a thing of the past now. Like all ehem responsible parents, we try not to have a whole load of it in our house, or if we do, we make sure that it is hidden, away from the prying eyes of a three-year-old.
Actually it’s mainly for our sanity too, no sane parent would want to be plagued with the incessant maddening whinge of I want chocolate NOW! So to avoid any meltdowns, keep those chocolates/sweets hidden.
When little T was younger, I never really had any problems with her diet. She ate everything I gave to her. My sister was really impressed when I told her that she ate broccoli, carrots and other vegetable nary a complaint. Sadly, those days are gone (along with the hidden stash of chocolates). As soon as she sees something that resembles a vegetable she’ll wrinkle her little nose and say I don’t want that! My only saving grace is, she still loves her fruit and can consume a bowl full of grapes, strawberries, apple or pear slices in one sitting.
We have the following rule in our house: No snacks or sweets unless you’ve eaten your main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m proud to say that yes, we do adhere to them, however, I always feel guilty and think that I have to be a more responsible parent and give her healthy snacks instead of chocolates and her beloved Lola (party rings) biscuits. The good news is, I think I’ve found the answer. While searching for health food online, I came across Nakd Health foods – a British company that makes healthy but delicious snacks, which we were excited to try.
When this box of goodness arrived on our doorstep, little T was so excited. The look on her face is priceless! I bet if she had her way, she’d gobble everything up in one sitting!
I let her have two and then hid the box of goodness away from her sight.
It’s a good alternative to chocolates, crisps and other lovely but unhealthy snacks, best left for the grown-ups to consume when the little ones have gone off to bed. So now when she asks for chocolates, I’ll gladly give her a protein crunch bar. Instead of crisps, I’ll make her choose among the different flavoured raisins (cola, lime or cherry raisins) or flapjacks just to name a few. We’ve shared them with little F and his parents and they absolutely liked it too, especially F’s dad who happens to be a vegetarian. So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to chocolates and crisps, do try them out, they’ve got a variety of delicious and healthy snacks to choose from.
Do you know any other healthy alternative snacks for young children? Do share.
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