My husband clearly remembers munching on celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese when he was a kid. Me, my go-to snacks included grapes, Handi Snacks (the package of cheese and crackers with the red spreader) and Safeway Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Milk. I remember having the ice milk before bed quite often.
About a year ago, I found myself routinely giving my own kids ice cream before we shooed them up to bed. I wanted to give them something they would be sure to eat and that required very little energy on my part. I was suffering from the delusion that they would sleep better with full bellies. (In my defense, I hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep in a couple years.)
Around this same time, a friend of mine was looking for nutrition-based ideas for a school project, and I found myself immediately pleading for guidance on bedtime snacks (which it turns out they really don’t need unless they had an early dinner) and snacks in general. I decided to start looking more closely at the snacks I gave my kids and experiment with new homemade goodness.
As my 6 year old and I brainstorm in the kitchen, I wonder what her snacking memories will be when she grows up. If things keep going the way they have, she probably won’t have memories of one particular food but rather an atmosphere of endless experimentation.
Now that someone other than my immediate family members seem to be reading my posts, I’m dying to know: What are your snacking memories? What are your favorite kid snacks?