My Easy Snack Hack is a quick way to prepare and organize snacks everyone will enjoy for the whole week! I’m sharing my tips for making sure you have snacks that are sure to please everyone and can be ready to go in about ten minutes!
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Can you even believe it’s already almost time for the kids to go back to school? Me either!
There’s so much to do to make sure they are ready for the new school year; clothes, backpacks, supplies, haircuts, get a physical, signing them up for extracurricular activities, etc.
When my kids go back to school it almost feels like its New Years in a way. We all make some new goals and change our whole routine. One of the areas I really want to work on this year is making my kids lunches and snacks more fun. I know they both have to be quick and simple so they are doable. With my Easy Snack Hack I’m pretty sure the whole process is going to be more exciting for them, and so much less of a hassle for me!
Let me show you what makes my Easy Snack Hack so easy!
Awhile ago I decided to make a snack box and leave it in my refrigerator. It’s so handy for a few reasons!
- My kids look in the snack box and know exactly what their snack choices are; if it’s in the snack box it’s fair game! That’s right, no more consuming way to many cookies for a snack! It really does help control what they are eating while still giving them fun options I know they love.
- I prep the snack box at the beginning of the week and it’s right there, ready and waiting for them clear until the weekend.
- The snack box is also a great place to look if I need one more thing to add to the kids lunch boxes.
- When the kids get home from school they are always starving! Having a snack box filled with things like RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers and other snacks they can quickly grab gives them exactly what they need before they have a meltdown!
Easy Snack Hack – What to add to the snack box?
The other day I went to Fred Meyers to shop for some snack foods I already know my family loves and grab a few new things to try. Click HERE to find a Kroger store near you and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest to see all their fun ideas!
Here are a few tips that will help you when you are at the grocery store.
- Try to buy about 3 different types of fresh fruits and veggies. When I go to the grocery store every piece of fruit seems to have my name written all over it. I want to take all of them home with me! Then I get home and we wonder how in the world we are going to be able to eat all that fresh produce before it goes bad.
- When you are deciding which varieties of fruits and veggies you are going to buy, think about each family member and make sure each person likes at least one of the varieties you bought.
- In addition to fruits and veggies I like to grab nuts, cheese sticks, yogurt, small water bottles, and RITZ Filled Cracker Sandwiches. You want lots of different types of things to choose from.
- Adding a few savory and a few sweet items to the snack box helps satisfy those after school cravings and munchies! Adding both RITZ Cheese and Peanut Butter Filled Crackers to the snack box ensures the kids will have something sweet and something savory to choose from!
Easy Snack Hack – Snack Box Prep
- If your box is too small, or you don’t have room in your refrigerator you can obviously leave drinks out of the box. If I have room I add a few small water bottles because I’m a huge water drinker and don’t think the kids get enough of it when they are at school.
- Wash, prep, and package fruits and veggies in snack size bags so they kids, or anyone else can grab a bag and go.
- Of course nuts, RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator but I like to have all the snacks in one place. Another option is to create a second non-perishable snack box and leave it in the pantry.
It only takes me about ten minutes to load my snack box with snacks for the whole week. It’s one less task to have to worry about every day. When I’m headed out to grab the kids and run them from one activity to the next it’s so much easier for me to look in the snack box and grab something for an on the go snack than it is to scrounge through the pantry or fridge for a snack.
If you have any great snack or lunchbox ideas comment and let me know about them! I’m always looking for something a little different from the same ol’ thing to add to those lunches!