To go along with the Back to School lunchbox ideas, I thought I’d mention a few snack ideas that work for our family.
I try to keep things as healthy as possible for the littles- we do have processed foods in the house but I try to avoid the really sugary and junky stuff as much as possible.
The girls have two snack stations that they have access to. They can help themselves to snacks when they get hungry providing it isn’t too close to dinner. The only rule is that they need to ask me first and then they can help themselves to what they want.
I just fill up each snack station once a week and it is a pretty fast process. I timed myself this week and it took 16 minutes for me to do and that included cutting cheese and cucumbers into little shapes and making an extra snack for the kids trying to grab at the snacks I was packing up . It is super hot here this week so I also filled up a bunch of water bottles with water so they can grab those and stay hydrated.
These are all things the kid’s can get for themselves.
Every week is a little different so here are just two sample tubs from this week:
- Organic Grapes
- Sliced Cucumbers
- Chobani Yogurts
- String Cheese
- Sliced cheddar cheese with salami
- Veggie Straws
- Annie’s Crackers
So again it just varies on what I bring home for the week. I did take a minute to cut the cucumbers and cheese into shapes. My girls just love when I do this and interestingly, I watched for the first little snack my 5 year old picked out and it was the cucumbers in flower shapes.
Here are a bunch of other ideas:
- Grape tomatoes
- Baby Carrots
- Tortilla Chips
- Dried Fruit or Raisins
- Sliced bell peppers
- Fruit Leather
- Lunchmeat and assorted cheeses
- Cottage Cheese
- Premade muffins, breads, cookies
- Graham Crackers
- Somersault snacks
- Pita Chips
- Trail Mix
- Goldfish or Annie’s Crackers
- Cereal bars or granola bars
- Mini cheeses like babybel
- Pirate’s Booty puffs
And dippers are always nice too. I like to preportion dippers in little condiment containers so the kid’s don’t make a mess. Here are some ideas:
- Peanut Butter
- Ranch Dressing
And one other idea is to get the freezer filled up too. I like to buy big bags of organic blueberries at Costco and those can go into little Ziploc bags and left in the freezer. The girls can grab those as a snack anytime and then I know I always have fruit on hand. You can also freeze grapes and again it is just nice to know you always have fruit for the kids to eat.
I also like these premade smoothies for the freezer, homemade Uncrustables and last but not least I try to make batches of cookies about once a month. I usually bake about 1/4 of the cookies and roll the rest of the dough into a log and put it in the freezer. I can cut off a small section at any moment and make the kids fresh baked cookies in basically the time it takes to bake.
Does anyone else have more ideas for quick and easy snacks for the kids? You can see some lunchbox ideas for the kiddos here.