The title is a little bit of a misnomer, since I really don't know if this works. I am starting it today and, in theory, it will be great!
As a kid, we were never allowed to snack without "asking." I am not sure why..maybe it was money, maybe nutrition, who knows. Up until now, my kids have been too young to really snack alone anyhow, but lately I have been trying to solve the dilemma of the snacking. I always provide a nutritious after school snack, but after that it is rare that I let them snack. I don't want them to eat junk. I don't want them to spoil their dinner. I don't want to have my grocery bill skyrocket. So, I came up with the snack basket. In it I put relatively healthy snacks (granola bars, raisins, pretzels, cereal, etc.) in little baggies. Now, I will still prepare an after school snack for them, but if they get hungry otherwise they may, at their own discretion, choose one snack to eat whenever they want! I intend to make a second refrigerator-based snack basket to put in carrots, grapes, yogurts, etc. I think this solves all my problems: they have more freedom, and it is relatively healthy, it is limited-so hopefully the grocery bill won't grow.
We'll see how it works!