It's really important to both me and my children that we have regular snack time. Me to keep my sugar levels (and hopefully diabetes) in check, Mini to maintain a routine, keep his energy levels topped up and stop him from starving (which he assures me he does on a regular basis) and Dollop, to keep her energy going too and stop her copying her brother's tendencies to starve.
However, if the kids had their way, the snacks would be a kilo of jelly sweets every day, washed down with a pint of chocolate thickshake, preferably from a well-known takeaway place.
So we're compromising. This Summer we received some vouchers to spend at 99p Stores to help us have a fantastic summer. I let Mini choose half the items - it's his Summer holiday after all. As well as some toys, Mini picked up a tin of Luxury Chocolate Straws - you know the wafers filled with chocolate cream that often accompany a bowl of icecream. Mini and I both LOVE these, but don't buy them that often, so he felt they'd be a perfect Summer snacktime treat. (and we get the tin after for crafting with or storing Lego men in!).
With my half of thevouchers I bought various craft bits and toys (more about those in another post) and a packet of Dr. Moo's quick milk magic sippers - the chocolate flavour ones. If you haven't heard of these before, they're plastic straws filled with chocolate flavoured beads. As you suck milk up through them, it turns chocolatey. I could have picked juice, I could have picked squash, in fact we did get a pack of Apple and Blackcurrant drink pouches for picnics, but I got these magic sippers to make sure the children drink some milk every now and then.
In case you think I give in and allow my children chocolate for all their snacks, I'll add that along with just one chocolate wafer straw each, they had a handful of sultanas, a couple of dried apricots and a few cashew nuts. So that was the compromise - chocolate straws but only if accompanied by fruit and nuts! And a lovely cold cup of milk, disguised as chocolate milkshake.
So today's snacks are provided courtesy of 99p Stores, and very nice they are too - I had to 'test' the chocolate straws didn't I? And given the Magic Sippers have 30% extra free, I might pinch one of those to go with a glass of milk too!
What do you give your children for snacks? Are you completely healthy? Or do they get treats every now and then?