Every day after school, it’s the exact same scene in my home: My child requests for a treat, I provide a concept (generally beginning with what he picked the other day or the day prior to), which he immediately rejects. He may return to it a couple of minutes later on, after I have actually tired all other possibilities, however he never ever states yes to the very first tip. He holds out till he understand what all his choices are.

I constantly have healthy choices on hand– grapes and yogurt and pretzels– however I’m likewise guilty of purchasing Party Mix, which is decidedly not healthy (and is, therefore, usually my son’s top choice).

Nutrition writer Casey Seidenberg offers up this suggestion in the Washington Post: Create “snack drawers.”

Create a refrigerator snack drawer full of foods such as hard-boiled eggs, blueberries, carrots and yogurt, and always have a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter. Also, create a snack drawer outside the refrigerator. Fill it with mostly healthy snacks such as applesauce, raisins and nutritious bars, but add a few less healthy items, such as leftover Halloween candy. Explain that at snack time, they may eat from either of these locations.

My kid eats enough candy already (I pack him a piece in his lunch for dessert and he gets a small dessert after dinner most nights), so I would adjust that part. Instead, I could pack up small portions of so-good-but-not-good-for-you Party Mix next to larger portions of pretzels or granola and let him choose for himself. If he wants to indulge, he can but with a smaller portion. If he’s hungrier, he’ll have to opt for the bigger, healthier choice.

Either way, it’s his decision and I can stop reciting his options day after day after day.

Seidenberg offers up a few more tips for teaching healthy snacking habits to kids, including teaching them about hunger cues, setting specific snack times and deciding on a family rule for sugary foods. I’m admittedly not that regimented when it comes to snacking, but the drawer seems like a quick and easy way to cut down on some of the snack time debate.

As with all things parenting, you can go as quick-and-dirty or as elaborate as you’d like. I searched < a rel =" nofollow" data-amazonasin="B0001 UHSRW" data-amazonsubtag =" [t|link[p|1831542248[a|B0001UHSRW[au|5876237249237876343[b|lifehacker[lt|text" onclick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Commerce', 'lifehacker - Encourage Healthy Habits With a Snack Drawer ', 'B0001UHSRW');window.ga('unique.send', 'event', 'Commerce', 'lifehacker - Encourage Healthy Habits With a Snack Drawer ', 'B0001UHSRW');" data-amazontag="lifehackeramzn-20" href="https://www.amazon.com/Utz-Party-Mix-43-Barrel/dp/B0001UHSRW?th=1&tag=lifehackeramzn-20&ascsubtag=4051aabd30774cba7fc0e77ad8f2d745dd276a76">Party Mix, which is decidedly not healthy (and is, therefore, usually my son’s top choice).

Nutrition writer Casey Seidenberg offers up this suggestion in the Washington Post: Create “snack drawers.”

Create a refrigerator snack drawer full of foods such as hard-boiled eggs, blueberries, carrots and yogurt, and always have a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter. Also, create a snack drawer outside the refrigerator. Fill it with mostly healthy snacks such as applesauce, raisins and nutritious bars, but add a few less healthy items, such as leftover Halloween candy. Explain that at snack time, they may eat from either of these locations.

My kid eats enough candy already (I pack him a piece in his lunch for dessert and he gets a small dessert after dinner most nights), so I would adjust that part. Instead, I could pack up small portions of so-good-but-not-good-for-you Party Mix next to larger portions of pretzels or granola and let him choose for himself. If he wants to indulge, he can but with a smaller portion. If he’s hungrier, he’ll have to opt for the bigger, healthier choice.

Either way, it’s his decision and I can stop reciting his options day after day after day.

Seidenberg offers up a few more tips for teaching healthy snacking habits to kids, including teaching them about hunger cues, setting specific snack times and deciding on a family rule for sugary foods. I’m admittedly not that regimented when it comes to snacking, but the drawer seems like a quick and easy way to cut down on some of the snack time debate.

As with all things parenting, you can go as quick-and-dirty or as elaborate as you’d like. I searched “treat drawer concepts” on Pinterest and discovered whatever from drawers packed with Mott’s, fruit treats and Cheez-It bags to magnificently arranged drawers with small containers, ideal parts and practical labels. I’m most likely to fall in the previous, instead of latter, classification, however in either case it deserves a shot.