Make Ahead Snack Packs

Always on the run?  Grab these healthy make ahead snack packs on your way out the door!  They’re easy and fun to put together!

It’s an age-old dilemma in homes across the country.  You want your kids to eat healthier foods but you’re always on the go.  Since you’re always in a rush you end up grabbing something wrapped in individual packages you bought from the store.  And to be honest, most of those packages don’t contain a whole lot of anything that resembles nutrition.  My make ahead snack packs can make all those problems disappear, and they’re fun to make, too. make ahead snack pack

 

This is the story of my life.  As soon as the kids get home from school we’re piling into the car for the next activity.  On the way out the door I’m yelling at them to grab a snack.  Inevitably we end up at a standstill because they’re not sure what to grab, or I veto a choice (because marshmallows are not a snack!).  The next thing you know we’re ten minutes late to practice and the rest of the day is ruined because I’m the meanest Mom ever.

Does that sound like your house?  Well, what if I told you all of that is completely and totally avoidable?  No more standstills while a child stares blankly into the refrigerator.  No more power struggles over marshmallows.  None of it.  And you also get the added bonus of filling tummies full of nutritious, delicious real food that they’ll love.  Yes, these make ahead snack packs are the answer to all your snacking prayers.

My make ahead snack packs solve one of my biggest dilemmas of each and every day.  They make it simple to grab a snack on the way out the door without slowing us down. And I feel great knowing they provide the kids with plenty of fuel for the afternoon’s activities.  Believe me, a bag of chips is no match for an hour of swim team practice.  But a few slices of pepperoni, a couple of my No Bake Chocolate Energy Balls, and some strawberries – now we’re talking protein, healthy carbs, and plenty of energy to keep them going.

For my snack packs I use a divided container like these.

make ahead snack pack

I love how tight the lid fits, the size of the compartments, and the size of the container overall.  These are just perfect for throwing in your bag without worrying about a spill.  I bought these containers here on Amazon.  You can use any container that works for you, but these are definitely my choice for the sake of convenience.

Putting together the make ahead snack packs

At the beginning of the week I gather the kids in the kitchen and we put together their packs.  We all work to wash the fruits and vegetables and prep anything else that needs it.  I give them lots of choices and try to give only as much guidance as necessary.  I find that the more ownership they have over their own selections the more excited they are to eat them when the time comes.  The process also helps to foster independence and making good decisions.  That’s a win-win in my book.

When we’re done we stack the containers in either the pantry or the refrigerator, depending on the contents of each.  There they sit, ready to go until we need them.

make ahead snack pack

Some choices to get you started on your own make ahead snack packs:

nuts/raisins/trail mix
popcorn
cheese sticks/cubes
yogurt tubes
fruit – strawberries, grapes, and clementines are our favorites
vegetables – baby carrots, cucumbers, and sliced bell peppers are great travelers
No Bake Chocolate Energy Balls
No Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites
Annie’s Whole Wheat Bunnies
Snack Factory Pretzels
Homemade Granola Bars
100% Whole Wheat Crackers
Applesauce packs

What would you add to the list?  

 

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