This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
We’ve all been there. You just finished putting together a plate of 52 different snacks, and it never fails – two minutes later you hear, “Mommy, I want another snaaaaaack.” If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll even get a “pleaaaassseee” thrown in there. But either way, I’m convinced there’s not a hungrier person on earth than a kid who’s just been told they can’t have another snack. I mean seriously, cue the overly dramatized “NBA basketball player” flop. Every. Single. Time. Because I know you know what I’m talking about, mamas – I’ve decided to have a little fun with this dilemma of ours and I’ve partnered up with Goldfish crackers to create a fail-safe plan to tackle even the pickiest of snackers. I’m calling this particular war plan “How to Win the Snack War with These 5 Types of Snackers.” Here goes:
1) The “Purist” Snacker
You may not have one of these, so allow me to elaborate. This snacker wants one snack, and one snack only. Once said snacker has finished one snack, then and only then is it acceptable to introduce another one. I know this because I tried making one of those cute little “baggie o’ snacks” that I saw a mommy friend of mine make for her daughters for them to enjoy on the way from school to gymnastics. Sounds harmless enough, right? Wrong. I dared to try my hand at making one of those “poisonous snack mixes” for my son and he all but threw it back at me. Not really, but he totally turned his nose up at it, and this is how I knew I had a “snacking purist” on my hands. Now I don’t mess around, cuz I know a Goldfish crackers multipack bag is all he wants. And honestly, it saves me a lot of time anyway when I’m just lucky if I manage to get out the door with my 8 month old in time to make it for pick-up.
2) The “On-The-Go” Snacker
This snacker is a tricky one. “I just have one errand to run” you say. “I’m sure I have time to make it home before he asks for a snack” you say. Shame on you. You of all people should know, you never leave the house without a fully stocked diaper bag of snacks. Now, I’m not talking about the five food groups. I just mean, toss some Goldfish crackers in the bag and be done with it. They even come in a handy-dandy resealable bag – which, let’s be honest, is totally for moms like me who put things in the diaper bag only to find them months later when I finally decide to wash it. I swear, if I find one more rotten banana, I might puke.
3) The “After School” Snacker
I don’t know about you, but I‘ve gotten to the point where I can’t even speak to my kid until he’s had an after school snack. Luckily, I can typically avoid a meltdown in the 2.5 min drive it takes to get from the school to our house by having his favorite bag of Goldfish Colors crackers at-the-ready. On a good day, if I’m lucky, I can at least get a “we made a dinosaur using sand, glue, shrapnel, and glitter” out of him. But on most days, until he’s downed at least 5 full handfuls of Goldfish, you’re not getting a peep outta that kid. Good thing I know I can feel good about giving him Goldfish, as he clearly eats his weight in them. Did you know they’re baked with real cheese, have no artificial flavors or preservatives, and the colors are sourced from plants! That last part I really had no clue about – the orange is literally made using annatto extracted from the seed of the achiote tree (ok, I don’t know even know what that means, but I know it’s a plant and that’s good enough for me).
4) The “Play Date” Snacker
This one’s a sleeper – but don’t be fooled, they mean business. They show up to the play date, often in the form of a good friend’s second child who’s probably just along for the ride, with hungry eyes – you know the ones. The ones that say “Don’t mind me, I’m just gonna stand really close to you while you feed your child, in hopes that you take pity on my poor starving soul.” Well naturally every mom falls for it like “Oh you poor thing, you must be so hungry! Here have some Goldfish.” While the child’s own mom is over there doing the same thing to your kid – because everyone always wants everyone else’s snacks. What are you gonna do? Stock up on some Goldfish crackers, that’s what you’re gonna do – cuz what kid doesn’t love em?
5) The “Hangry” Snacker
This snacker is not one to be trifled with, trust me. I know first-hand. My son will go from a “catching butterflies in a meadow” type mood to “I’m so hangry, if you so much as look at me wrong I’m gonna lose it.” The “hangry” snacker can strike at any time, but usually right when you’re least expecting it. The only way to combat it is to have an ample amount of snacks in that diaper bag. Heck, I may even go as far as to say you should have a separate bag just for snacks, cuz this kid ain’t playing around. Just be sure there’s some Goldfish in there, cuz you know that’s all they really want.
Ok mamas, consider yourself warned. I hope I’ve equipped you with enough ideas to help out when your little snacker comes calling 😉 Just remember – when in doubt, Goldfish to the rescue!