Photo by Weber Shandwick
We all know how important snack time is. Heck, I can't function through the entire day without something to munch on in the late afternoon. It's even more important for kids to get a snack, and actress/mom of two, Jennifer Garner, has teamed up with Save the Children charity and Frigidaire to help make sure kids everywhere are getting the healthy snacks that their little bodies need. I sat down with Jennifer so she could give us the scoop on this awesome organization.
Why do you think snack time is so important?
Kids need a healthy snack ... they need something to keep up their blood sugar level, something to keep their metabolism going. Especially if they're in school because you stop being able to learn if you're hungry.
What role is Save the Children playing?
Save the Children, Frigidaire, and I have teamed up to promote "Make Time for Snack Time." Unfortunately, 1 in 5 kids is growing up in poverty and that's where Save the Children comes in. We're right in there and making sure they get a healthy snack at least once every day and, on top of that, we're trying to teach them to make healthy choices.
If you go to Frigidaire.com, Frigidaire will donate $1 toward their $250,000 commitment to Save the Children, and you'll be entered to win a brand-new Frigidaire refrigerator. They also have great recipes and ideas for healthy snacks.
Do you have any unique snack ideas that you use in your household?
I'm not sure if you'd call them unique, but I do try to get a couple of snacks down throughout the day. My favorite thing is if I can incorporate a vegetable into a snack, sneak it in somehow, I feel like I'm ahead of the game.
Any tips for sneaking them in?
Don't have anything else other than vegetables -- don't give them options!
I know you took some time off from films to do the family thing ... what would your advice be to a mom who loves her career, but also wants to make time for her kids?
It's tricky, I don't think there's any right way. Whatever works for you, don't judge yourself for it. And don't let others judge you. Just do what feels best for your family, and if that's going to work, then go to work with your head held high, and if that's staying at home, then don't let yourself feel any less for being at home with your kids.
Any Mother's Day plans for this weekend?
Well, I think my mother-in-law will be in town and my husband is not in town! But I love my mother-in-law, so I think we'll just be hanging out and I'll be celebrating my bonus mother.
So be sure to go to the site to help out this great cause! What are your tips for getting your kids to eat healthy snacks?