According to Kelsey Nixon, a food lover that I follow on Instagram, snack boards have gained great popularity and are a “stunning way to present really approachable foods.” She did a segment on the boards on the Today Show last year over the holidays and continues to post about them from time to time. She even added a snack board into her weekly meal-planning schedule.
I was very intrigued by snack boards. So, for Super Bowl Sunday, I created my own for my husband and three children. Boy, was it a hit! Everyone ate a TON and was so happy!
Let’s fast forward to now; snack boards have become my best friend in the kitchen!
There are numerous posts on this blog about dinner struggles and kid-friendly foods. A lot of my fellow contributors have brilliant ideas about how to make dinner prep easy or how to keep your kids happy during meals. I honestly thought I had a pretty decent dinner routine until one night when my four-year-old decided that the meatballs I always made were disgusting. So disgusting that they made her gag and throw up (anyone else’s child have a very sensitive gag reflex?)!
So, I sat down with my three children and had them help me plan the meals – I gave them a voice in hopes that they would not be so picky! And just like that, my middle daughter (the one who threw up the meatballs I slaved to make) shouted, “I want self-serve! Remember like you did for the Super Bowl?”
Snack boards! I could be onto something! I can handle a large tray of kid-friendly items that they could choose from. I thought to myself, ‘if I served a snack board for dinner, they would be in control, but I would be controlling the control!’ That might inspire them to eat more and try things they didn’t like!
At least two or three times a week, I serve a snack board for dinner. It sounds intimidating because several different items require prep, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
I’m serving children, not adults with fine pallets!
I often choose a fruit or two (sliced apples, grapes, or a can of mandarin oranges are my go-to), a veggie or two (spinach nuggets, cucumber coins, sliced peppers, baby carrots), and some protein options (chicken nuggets, quesadilla slices, pesto tortellini).