This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chobani. All opinions are 100% mine.
When purchasing snacks to feed your child, the cost can add up quickly. Now that my little one is in preschool, we have to bring our own lunches and snacks every day. I hate running to the store last minute, so I have come up with a few tips to make sure that I have everything that I need. I also try to have healthy options like Chobani Kids® and Chobani Tots® Greek Yogurt! Keep reading more information about how to nourish our little ones.
Portion Control. Purchase snack size reusable bags to store your child’s snacks in. Snacks that you can find in the store today in prepackaged snack bags are not always the ideal quantities for each child. Younger children may only need about half of what comes in the bag or box and when they are done snacking they often toss the rest in the trash. Save money by avoiding waste when creating your own snack bags based on your child’s age and individual serving size.
Buy in Bulk. It is no secret that buying in bulk is an easy way to save money. This goes for healthy snacks too. You can purchase a large box of your child’s favorite snack and store in a plastic container. Dry cereal, nuts, crackers and popcorn are some of the foods that can be found in bulk at a lower rate than smaller containers. Keep your grocery list of snack items for monthly bulk purchase separate from your weekly essentials list.
Check Expiration Dates. Although buying in bulk can be a perfect way to save, remember to check expiration dates. When purchasing perishable items such as cheese or other dairy products, plan your snack schedule similar to your meal planning. By making sure your expiration dates allow enough time for the foods to be consumed you will not waste money on food that gets tossed out the next week.
Since Chobani Kids® and Chobani Tots® contain real fruits and vegetables and nothing artificial, you can rest easy with knowing that you’re serving FRESH snacks! That means only natural ingredients, no preservatives or artificial colors or flavors. All contain less than 5% lactose, are gluten-free, and have live and active cultures and probiotics.
Buy Local. Most of your produce items can be found at your local Farmer’s Market at a lower rate than your larger chain grocery store. Buying local has many benefits beyond saving money – you know where it is grown and most of the time it is much healthier and always fresh.
Freeze Produce. Produce, especially fruit, can go bad quickly. When purchasing strawberries you may see them change colors and wilt within a few short days. To save money and make the fruit last longer, wash it and freeze for another day. Frozen grapes work wonders as a snack on a warm day and frozen berries make the best ingredients for a smoothie at snack time. Fruit thaws rather quickly for snacking. You can even make a batch of fresh frozen fruit pops with the kids at home!
Pack Snacks To Go. As moms our schedules can be hectic and when we have errands to run with kids in tow – it may take all day. The most expensive way to provide our kids with snacks is by purchasing convenient items while out and about. A key factor in saving money is to always remember to grab a few snack bags before heading out the door. Prepare small bags of snacks in advance and store them in your pantry. This way you always have them readily available to snatch when in a hurry. Plus, little healthy snacks are a great way to keep a toddler entertained. The Chobani Kids® Tubes contain 25% less sugar than the leading yogurt tubes which is why we love to take them on the go!
Don’t forget about Chobani Kids Savings and stock up on budget friendly (and healthy!) snack options.
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