Snack Jar Technique is used to limit a child's snacking, using healthy options and encouraging him/her to eat a well-balanced diet at mealtimes. This technique was first introduced in the season 12 episode, Jumpline Family. It is occasionally known as the "Snack Box Technique".
- Decorate an empty box or use a kitchen jar (use multiple boxes or jars of you have more than one child). Put the child's name on it and leave it somewhere accessible.
- Involve your child in choosing a selection of snacks at the supermarket or bake some of your own.
- Keep the snacks healthy. Children will enjoy the reward ritual of the snack jar as much as the snacks themselves, they don't need to be full of sugar!
- Put a selection of two or three snacks (or more, depending on how filling they are and how old your child is) in the jar, and give your child control when they eat them.
- Use the snack box throughout the day and allow your child to choose when you take something out, except during the hour before mealtimes.
- Once the snacks are gone for the day, don't replace them. Refill the box or jar altogether the next day.
- Be consistent on what is in the box and they are allowed (ie: they can't have chocolate but they can have dried fruit or a tub of low-fat yogurt)
Healthy and easy snack ideas for kidsEdit
- Frozen fruit
- Toasted Seasame of Pumpkin Seeds
- Raw fruits and Vegetables
- Dried Fruit
- Rice Cakes (ie: Mochi)
- Pita Pockets
- Low-Fat Yogurt
- Beef Jerky