The door swings open. The kids rush in, throwing backpacks aside. We have exactly 30 minutes before we need to head out to soccer practice.
Life with teens and ‘tweens can be hectic. Throw a preschooler into the mix, and it seems we’re always on the run.
In the past, more often than I care to admit, we’d hit the drive thru for a quick snack on the way to or from soccer practice.
But not this year. This year we’re taking control of our health. And as a mom, that means taking control of after school snacks, some of which need to be eaten on the go.
Healthy Snack Packs
When I organized my pantry last week, I created a snack drawer – a place for healthy snacks that my kids could grab any time.
My next dilemma? What snacks to include in this snack drawer.
Shopping for Healthy Snacks
My requirements for snacks this month are pretty stringent. No grains, no sugar in any form, no MSG.
That cuts out a lot of traditional snacks.
Still, you don’t have to visit a dedicated heath food store to find healthy snacks for your snack drawer.
These are the snacks I found on a quick trip through Walmart.
- Great Value Raisins – Ingredients: Raisins
- David Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds – Ingredients: Pumpkin Seeds & Salt
- Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries – Ingredients: Strawberries
- Nature’s Harvest Plantains with Sea Salt – Ingredients: Plantains, Palm Oil, Sea Salt (found in the produce section)
- Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds – Ingredients: Almonds
- Sunsweet Dates – Ingredients: Pitted Dates
- Buddy Fruits Apple Chips – Ingredients: Apples
- Tree Top Organic Apple Sauce (No Sugar Added – Snack Size) – Ingredients: Organic Apples, Water, and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
That’s a whole lot of shelf stable real food for our snack drawer!Goodbye prepackaged snacks! Encourage your kids to eat real food with DIY snack packs!Click To Tweet
How to Make Healthy Snack Packs
When I got home from my shopping trip, my four year old and I opened all the bags of snacks. (We left the applesauce in the containers, of course).
As Gracie taste tested everything, I mixed all the snack foods in Great Value snack bags, trail mix style.
My kids tend to gravitate toward sweet snacks, so I like to mix good sources of protein like almonds with the high (natural) sugar snacks like dried strawberries. This ensures their tummies are satisfied for a while before hunger strikes again.
Once my snack bags were assembled, I arranged them neatly in a plastic shoebox. I placed the shoebox full of snack packs and the little containers of applesauce in the snack drawer. Along with the fresh fruits and veggies I keep on hand, these snacks are quick, healthy, and satisfying.
No longer do the kids ask me what’s for snack. They know where the snacks are, and the kids are free to eat them when they’re hungry. The snack packs provide some guilt free snacking for this mom, too!
Question: What is your go-to healthy snack?