Healthy Snack Drawer Ideas, Organize A Months Worth Of Grab-And-Go Snacks In 30 Minutes.
Convenience is king for busy parents, so if it isn’t quick and easy, it’s dead to us.
Perhaps the BIGGEST time saver I have personally come to rely on, is the snack drawer in my fridge, containing a months worth of healthy grab-and-go snacks for my kids.
Maybe you think healthy grab-and-go snacks are a no-brainer to put together, but I for one seem to be forever foraging through wilted celery to find something decent for my kids to nibble on.
If I could back my truck up to Costco or BJ’s, and fill it to the brim with fresh and healthy snack packs to last the year, I would.
Unfortunately, all these super convenient snack items, are also super processed. They are often very expensive too.
If you have a houseful of snackers, or if you prepare a lot of cold lunches, creating a healthy grab-and-go snack drawer is beyond worthwile. With one focused shopping trip and 30 minutes of prep, you can have a fully loaded, tempting, snack drawer that your kids can help themselves to all week.
You won’t have to wash, slice, forage, or supervise the numerous snack sessions that happen all week long.
If you want to create your own healthy snack drawer and knock it out of the park, here are my top tips:
1. Don’t re-invent the wheel…just make the wheel look a lot more beautiful and enticing!
Tempting snack drawers are created when you take the same ol’ things, and present them in waaaaay more appealing ways.
A simple pile of apples can get a gasp from your kids, if they come in three colors, are shined up, and are nestled amongst other baggies of washed and ready fruit.
Grapes suddenly seem like an exotic luxury when you have both green and red varieties that have been magically washed and portioned into snack bags.
You don’t have to give up on the staples you already rely on, just re-think how you present them.
2. Go crazy with variety.
Creating a fun selection of fruits and veggies each week can be a challenge, but here is how I do it successfully each week:
Buy every shape, flavor, brand, and packaging style as you possibly can. Go nuts.
If your kids like apple sauce, buys 3 difference brands. Get the squeeze pouches and the cups. Buy every flavor, grab the strawberry, the cinnamon, and the plain. Get it all. Applesauce may not be all that exciting, but 5 different kinds all lined up in one place, is.
3. Absence make the heart grow fonder (AKA, rotate stuff.)
If you cleaned out the applesauce aisle last week, skip it this week and move on to hummus and go crazy there. Don’t restock apple sauce for a couple weeks so it will seem shiny and exciting again when you bring it back.
4. keep those portions uber small and baby animal cute
When it comes to healthy stuff, my kids are more apt to grab it if its in a super small portions.
Half a sectioned clementine.
5 carrots sticks.
1/8 C. chopped melon.
Try the teeny tiny portions and see how it goes!
Don’t forget the packaging. If saving money is your goal, pick up items in bulk and portioning them yourself is the only way to go. I love using a variety of snack bag sizes in addition to portion cups with lids.
Yes, I agree with you if you think that all the packaging is an environmental nightmare. BUT, I recycle recycle recycle, and limit waste in other areas. That is the best we can do sometimes.
I find my packaging items at The Dollar Store, The Christmas Tree Shop, or Big Lots for the best prices.
Healthy grab-and-go snacks inspiration list
- Mini bottles 100% fruit smoothies
- individual guacamole
- individual hummus (I either buy Sabra brand, or I make my own cups)
- mozzarella cheese sticks
- cheddar cheese squares
- turkey/ham/deli meat roll ups
- sliced pepperoni or uncured salami
- fruit cups in 100% fruit juice
- washed and shined apples
- mini serving bags of:
- orange slices
- green grapes
- red grapes
- carrot sticks
- celery sticks
- bell pepper slices
- cucumber slices
- individual ranch dip cups
- mini yogurts
- mini yogurts parfaits with frozen berries
- apple sauces cups
- apple sauce squeeze pouches
- assorted fruit squeeze pouches
- chilled energy bites (make your own and try one of these recipes from Chocolate Covered Katie, or Lara Bar makes great bite size balls you can pick up at most grocery stores.)
- super small, 1/4 cup size, glass storage containers of leftovers like pasta, rice, meatballs, or chicken chunks.
- egg and cheese mini muffin bites
Am I missing anything? Please share if you have a favorite healthy grab-and-go snack that didn't make the list!
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