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I’ve known for quite some time that having two kids would be a challenge in almost every area of life. Whereas having one precious boy to dote on all the time felt like an all-encompassing job (it was), doubling the number of children basically quadruples the amount of work. I’m no mathematician, but those numbers don’t really add up…except for it’s true. Don’t blame me, it’s science.
One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with along the way is making sure the boy’s schedules work well together. They are at such different points in their lives right now, and their needs are very different. By default the second’s schedule has to fit into what we’ve already grown accustomed to with the first, but I never want him to feel like his needs come second – because they don’t.
One thing that I’ve really become dedicated to is making sure we have food around that both boys can enjoy if snacktime attacks in the middle of a playdate or right after a long walk. It’s hardly easy to find this kind of magical food; one kiddo eats everything under the sun, and the other is picky to the max. Finding something that’s nutritionally beneficial, tastes good, doesn’t make a mess, is easily transportable, and easy to procure – this is a mom’s dream snack, right?
So far the one snack that I’ve found that meets ALL of those criterion and then some – Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies. As the name suggests these little cuties are made with navy beans and rice flour and boast an impressive 2g of protein and 1g of fiber per serving. They have two flavors – Original Sea Salt and White Cheddar Broccoli – that both boys love and they cost a whopping $1.86/can at Walmart. Not only do my kids actually like these, they’re easy to pick up with the rest of my groceries.
I’m so thankful to have found a snack that I feel good about feeding my sweet boys, that I love sharing with friends, and that makes my life just a smidge easier along the way. Feeding my boys good food is one of my favorite things – and meeting both of their needs is even better!