The dinner time struggle is like no other. I have a solution: a family snack platter. Skip the sit down meal at the table once a week and enjoy time with your kids.
Once a week Arthur golfs leaving me with an active Amelia whose favourite word is snack and who can’t sit still for five minutes. From the moment I pick her up I hear the phrase “can I have a snack” more times than I can count. When dinner is ready I usually have a kid whose full from snacks, takes a few bites, and declares “all done”, leaving me annoyed.
Then I remembered something I heard on an episode of the Joyous Health podcast featuring Dr. Rachel Schwartzman, mama of 3 and a naturopathic doctor, about raising healthy eaters. She talked about what to offer for snacks, when to not give food power, and (genius) sharing platters with her family. BAM! There it was! Why fight Amelia to sit down and eat a meal when I can enjoy the time snacking with her.
Not to mention, I probably got more healthy foods into her by avoiding the power struggle. For her, she felt in control being able to snack at the coffee table & choose what she wanted to eat. For me, I avoided the stress of wondering if she ate enough & since I chose the snacks I knew she was getting good foods in her tummy. Plus, it was FUN!
of wondering if she ate enough & since I chose the snacks I knew she was getting good foods in her tummy. Plus, it was FUN!
What did we snack on?
This is just the start – the great think about snack platters is you can completely customize it. Never a dull moment!
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Sweet Peppers
- Carrot Sticks
- Apple Chips (I sliced apples with a mandolin)
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Love Child Organic Love Ducks
- Green Grapes
- Greek Yogurt Avocado Ranch (recipe from It All Begins with Food)
- Snap Peas
- Local Berries
Since the snack platter was so well received it’s going to become a regular occurrence in our house. It was so easy to put together & took no time to clean up .. because there was nothing left. What snacks would you include on your platter?