I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I don’t know why, but my kids announce they are starving about every hour. Usually my response is: “NO. You. Just. Ate.” Because the reality is that they will eat a hearty breakfast (and by hearty I mean eggs + cereal + a cereal bar + fruit) and then an hour later say they are starving. WHAT. I generally offer 1-2 snacks a day between their (again, hearty) meals and attempt to make them something with protein, healthy fats, and also (hopefully) including veggies or fruits. This week we tried a snack smorgasbord featuring Arla Dofino cheese that I bought at Randalls (find your cheese HERE!) and mustache toothpicks. The goal? To find what goes well with cheese. It was a blast. AND they stopped complaining about hunger. (For at least an hour.)
To make it even MORE fun, I picked up toothpicks with little mustaches on them from a party section of a local store. They were like $2 and totally worth it! I mean…really. Give any kid a toothpick with a mustache on it and TRY not to have fun.
For this after-school snack, I set out bowls with Arla Dofino Gouda and Arla Dofino Jalapeno Havarti with olives, grapes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Even Cooper got in on the action, spending most of her time trying to spear things on the toothpick.
I have found that my kids tend to eat more adventurously when I’m not TELLING them what to eat. If I give them choices, they eat things they might not eat if I told them they should. Examples: olives. Lincoln definitely doesn’t like them, but Sawyer loves them. The boys liked this so much that I packed the cheese cubes, their favorite combinations (olives and grapes, respectively), and the mustache toothpicks.
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Stressing about an after-school-snack? Give them healthy choices like Arla Dofino cheese and an aspect of fun. Then set them free to eat as they will!