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I don’t know about your family, but mine comes home starving every day from school and work.  We tend to eat dinner early (typically 5 or 5:30) so an after-school snack at 4 pm could easily ruin dinner.  However, it’s hard to keep my daughters (and husband) out of the kitchen, and I can’t help but feel annoyed to see them snacking as I’m making dinner.  I’ve found putting out a plate of veggies or fruits and dip satisfies their snack cravings and is something I don’t mind them eating.  If you enter the house at the same time as your hungry spouse and kids (or if you are that hungry spouse!) it can be made the evening before and taken out of the fridge as you walk in the door.

Veggie platter

Quite simply, I fill this sectioned tray with veggies or fruit, and put salad dressing or yogurt in the middle.  On this occasion it was snap peas, red peppers, carrots, celery, zucchini, and cucumbers; but other times it’s baby spinach, cantaloupe, grapes, watermelon, or whatever my family enjoys.  Cover it with plastic wrap and have it ready for whenever your family needs it.  Even if the kids don’t eat their vegetables with dinner, they’ll have gotten a head start.  In fact, many kids are more likely to eat fruits or veggies as a snack than if it was on their dinner plate.

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