Photos and text by Gabrielle. // This post is brought to you by Blue Diamond Almonds.
It’s Back to School season! I love this time of year — really, I love anything that gives a feeling of fresh-starts and new chances and do-overs. One of the things I want to refresh as we head into fall is our snacks. Last school year we made great progress on cutting crappy food from our diet. But our efforts seemed to evaporate as summer came on. Popsicles and ice cold soda and ice cream sandwiches are hard to resist!
There’s no time like the present to reintroduce healthier snacks. Of course, I could just serve them up as is (and probably will on many days), but I thought it would be a fun option to make our after-school snack times a little more playful. So, I drew up some simple illustrations and had them laminated as placemats. A fox, a cat, a man and a woman.
The idea is basic as can be: the kids use their snacks to fill in the shapes. My hope is to provide different veggies and fruits and almonds each day. The kids will see them as fresh, new decorative options, and instead of reaching for the same old, same old, they’ll be getting more of a variety of foods than they might otherwise. Kids are happy. Mom is happy. Everyone is happy!
If you’d like to make your own set, it’s easy as can be. Download the free .pdf and save it to a thumbdrive, then head to your favorite copy shop. Have the .pdf printed on 11×17 paper and laminated. With printing and lamination, each placemat cost me less than $3.
Do you have any fun after-school snack traditions at your house? We’re always looking for new ideas!
P.S. — When we shot these photos, we tried 4 different flavors of Blue Diamond Almonds, one on each placemat. Honey Roasted Cinnamon, Honey Roasted Vanilla, Honey Roasted, and Smokehouse. Oscar liked them all, but his favorite were definitely the cinnamon. As for me, I ate the whole can of Smokehouse. : )