Mom’s Genius Snack Hack Will Save Your Sanity During Quarantine


It’s day umptwenty of quarantine and if you’re anything like me, these kids have eaten you out of house and home. I feel like 90 percent of my time the last four weeks has been spent playing pantry police, and this mama is SO over it.

Enter: Jenifer Halistrom, my personal hero this week, and life saver for mothers everywhere.

Jennifer took to Facebook with a genius hack for putting an end to bored snacking while at home with the kids.

I keep seeing these posts about kiddos wanting to eat all day while they are home. This was my solution! Each child has…

Posted by Jennifer Hallstrom on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

“I keep seeing these posts about kiddos wanting to eat all day while they are home,” she writes. “This was my solution!”

On Jennifer’s counter sits three colored baskets, each with her children’s snacks for the day placed inside of them every morning.

“When those snacks are gone they don’t get any more,” she writes. “It makes them stop and think do I really need a snack?”

Jennifer decided to kill two birds with one stone on this one, adding that she also puts each child’s cup for the day in their basket, “ because I’m not washing 50 cups a day!”

Amen sister!

Jennifer says her kids still eat their usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But the bored snacking HAD to stop.

“I just don’t have the luxury of spending $400 on just snacks for a week,” she writes.

Since first sharing her snack hack back in March, it’s gone viral with over 400,000 shares.

Erin Merryn, a mother of three from Illinois, put Jennifer’s idea into practice. After sharing it on her personal Instagram, it got nearly 23,000 likes and over 600 comments.

“It solved one of my biggest frustrations,” Erin told TODAY Parents. “I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s been a life-changer.”

And it’s not just for kids! Jennifer says that she’s even seen some adults filling their own baskets to control boredom eating during the coronavirus stay-at-home.

Ultimately, Jennifer says her children have done “extremely well with it,” often times not even finishing the snacks that are in their baskets.

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