Gotta love a winner!

Alexandra was the first winner of the General Mills snack contest.  She sent me an email excited about the huge bounty of General Mills snacks she had received as her prize.  You might recall her winning idea on creative snacks for kids was to put them in muffin tins.  It worked for her 4 boys.  She sent along this great picture of her embracing some of the snacks.  With 4 boys I bet they get eaten.  Congrats Alexandra!
Our First General Mills Lunch Care Winner - Alexandra

And the 2nd winner is…

I want to thank all the Cool Mom visitors who contributed their suggestions to this campaign.  This was the biggest sponsored campaign on Cool Mom to date and I really appreciate you all having a good spirit and taking part by giving me your suggestions on snacking.  Honestly, I have gotten a lot of good suggestions from you all.

Alexandra was our first winner with her continued brilliance in reframing food so that kids get excited about it.  Muffin tin anyone, cookie cutter?

This round about conscious snacking I would have given it to the person who suggested portioning out the snack before the hand goes there.  As a bulk food buyer this really moved me.  The only reason I can’t give it to that person is a few had that idea.  I’d have to break up the care package from General Mills.

So you may think it’s funny, but I have crowned Miranda the winner with her simple, yet often overlooked suggestion for conscious snacking: a big glass of water.  Granted we are in a heatwave so water has special meaning to me right now, but I have often found hunger feels abated if I drink a lot of water.  I forgot this and running after kids in the summer can definitely make me thirsty.

So Miranda, I like the tahini suggestions as well, but being the fan of tap water I am I say, “Enjoy your care package!”  You’ll get a bunch of snacks from General Mills.  Just drink a cup of water before you open the box.  It will go further.

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Yes, I should only snack on blueberries, 6 almonds and air, but that’s not really practical.  It’s all I can do not to hook up a steady stream of fried good into my body.  So, here is a chat about careful snacking.  Every time I have passed a threshold, north of 30…north of 35…you get the picture, it all becomes more challenging.

I’m giving away another General Mills lunch care package. All you have to do is submit a comment with your tips/advice for being a conscious snacker. Have you had to change up your snacking?  What works for you? The winner will be announced on Friday, July 16th at 5pm PST.

And the winner is…

For the past four weeks I’ve been running a Cool Mom Snacks giveaway (you can see the videos here, here, here, and here) looking for the most creative ways to make eating healthy fun for kids.

I got so many great ideas from you all.  I think the overriding theme is PRESENTATION.  Skewers, muffin tin, and food coloring being the most original “I never thought of that” ideas.

Renee, love the food coloring idea and will do it as my daughter’s favorite book is Pinkalicious and she just might go for it.

I also liked Julie’s emphasis on a vegetable, which I hate to say I sometimes drop.  I always have a fruit, but other than peas, lately Vivien won’t eat anything else.  I will see if dips make a difference.  

Suse, thanks for the skewer idea.  I could try that with Vivien, although I will worry if they get near Rex.  He is a little dangerous!

So, I am going to pick the winner on not only one that I thought was good, but also got favorable comments from you all.  And that would be Alexandra of Good Day, Regular People for her idea of a muffin tin snack bar!

I am going to try it and video it next week. Congrats!!!!

Thank you all who participated for these food for thoughts and check back next Thursday as we’ll be kicking off another Snacks giveaway!

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Yes, this is an advertisement, but I do like the bar that’s in it.  I don’t like a lot of “bar” type food, but I like the ones with nuts.  And I needed something other than my normal piece of cheese that I normally use as my between meal snack.  Well, and tangerines….and coffee.

This is your last chance to enter our General Mills lunch care package giveaway. Submit your tip in the comments and I’ll be selecting my fave Friday at 12pm PST! How do you convince your kids to eat fun and healthy lunches?

UPDATE: Congratulations to Alexandra for her winning snack tip!

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Creative snacks?  How about snacks shaped like insects!  Hey, if it works, it works.

You all gave me such good ideas about lunches, what are your creative snacks?  Because when Vivien starts AYSO there is going to be even more pressure. Submit your tip in the comments for a chance to win a lunch care package from General Mills filled with fun and healthy snacks for kids. I’ll be choosing my favorite tip at the end of this month, so keep posting your best suggestions in the comments.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Alexandra for her winning snack tip!

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How do you convince your kids to eat fun and healthy lunches? Submit your tip in the comments for a chance to win a lunch care package from General Mills filled with fun and healthy snacks for kids. I’ll be choosing my favorite tip at the end of this month, so keep posting your best suggestions in the comments.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Alexandra for her winning snack tip!