A tray that makes healthy snacking easier
Have those New Year's resolutions starting waning yet? A big one for most families is eating healthier. I have found that eating a salad before dinner really fills you up and you eat a lot less. Now I use a tool that I bought to keep appetizers cold at parties.
I've started putting out this Condiments on Ice tray when we get home in the afternoons after school to keep snackers from reaching for the Funyuns. I saw this tip on a vegetarian web site on how to get the family to snack on more fruits and veggies. Though we aren't vegetarians, it has helped a lot. The other day, I set out grape tomatoes, some edamame (I microwaved some frozen soy beans and sprinkled them with Old Bay and kosher salt), some baby carrots, celery and cantalope cubes with some hummus on the counter to dip the celery and carrots in. Recently, I put out grapes, pepperoni slices, celery with Laughing Cow cheese in them and grape tomatoes. I don't always use all five bins.
Though that might seem like a lot of effort, it wasn't wasted. I put them out about 3:30 and come dinner time, I used the veggies and edamame in our salad, and bagged up the rest for the kids lunchboxes.
If you Google "Condiments on Ice" you can bargain shop for them. I've seen them locally at Bed Bath and Beyond stores and online in the $25 dollar range and Bealls has them for $17.99 (and also has the 2-, 3- and 5-bin sizes).
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne