Because my girls are in after school sports, they need to take a healthy snack with them when they leave for school. Since I do not move very quickly in the morning, having one less thing to do in the morning (other than drink coffee) is always a blessing. I came up with this DIY Snack Station to help organize our mornings, and to make sure my girls had a good snack to take with them each day. This snack station allows me to assemble my snack boxes on Sunday night and have snacks ready to grab and go each morning of the week.
DIY SNACK STATION SUPPLIES:
- Find a large box that will fit on a pantry or cabinet shelf. I used a box from Costco. It fit perfectly in my pantry, was free, and reduced waste. But if you prefer pretty, organized shelves, feel free to see what your local big box store, like Target, has that will work. You want a box that is large enough that it can hold a cracker-size box or two as well as several other snack items you will corral together.
- 6 to 10 snack-size containers. I found Steralite boxes that are BPA-free at Target for about $2 each. The boxes are about the same size as a lunchable container. These ECOlunch boxes are also the perfect size. I bought enough to make snack boxes for the whole week.
- An assortment of healthy snack foods.
What if you don’t have room for a large box to hold 10 snack boxes and all the snack supplies?
Honestly, until I cleared out space in our pantry for my snack station, it sat on my washer. You just need a place easily accessible that will work for you.
Once you’ve found a box and a location for your snack station, start assembling your snack boxes.
HEALTHY SNACK FOOD IDEAS FOR YOUR DIY SNACK STATION:
- Organic applesauce
- 100% pure fruit leather
- Whole grain pretzels
- Whole grain crackers
- Trail mix
- Wasabi peas
- Dried fruit
- Dark chocolate
- Beef Jerkey
- Yogurt Sammies
- Packets of squeezable peanut butter or hazelnut butter
- Pita chips
PERISHABLE HEALTHY SNACKS YOU CAN ADD AT THE LAST MINUTE:
- Carrot sticks
- Grape tomatoes
- Cheese sticks
- Apples, small
- Baby peppers
ONE NIGHT A WEEK, HAUL OUT YOUR DIY SNACK STATION AND ASSEMBLE YOUR BOXES!
Once all of your snack boxes are assembled, simply pack everything back up in your Snack Station and return it to the shelf. I grab two pre-made snack boxes every morning, maybe throw in a perishable item or two, and in less than a minute I am done!
What do you think? Would a snack station work for you?
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