Kiddo has a BFF, who I will call L. For a variety of reasons (they have more kiddos and nap schedules in their home), we head to L's house a lot...which suits Kiddo just fine because they also have a large pantry stocked full of snacks. As I have mentioned here more than once, Kiddo is a professional snacker. The nice thing: L's mom knows about Kiddo's nut allergy and always makes sure there is something (if not five things) that she can have in that pantry.
Which brings up the subject of snacks and playdates. One key to any playdate: checking with the other parents about dietary restrictions and preferences ahead of time. I always have nut-free snacks with me just in case, but being aware of what the child likes is always a smart move. And usually, if one kid wants goldfish crackers or Jello or a juice box, the other ones will want them too.
What are some good options to have on hand for playdates that are also healthy? Check these out:
-- Cheese sticks. Easy, just the right size for kids to munch on, and, yup, full of calcium.
-- Bananas, apple slices, or blueberries. Again, a healthy but easy option for them to eat and then get back to playing without to much mess or clean up.
-- Bite-size snacks. We love Amy's Organic pizza snacks. They are bite-size and all organic, with yummy calcium-rich cheese Bonus for me: you can nuke them in the microwave for a mere 90 seconds and they are ready to go.
-- Fruit bars and granola bars. Again, so easy, as each kiddo gets their own -- the "he got more than me" arguments are totally avoided. Just be sure to choose ones lower in sugar content.
What do your kids snack on when they have a playdate?