Snack Boxes :: A Snack Time Solution

“I’m hungry.”

“Can I have something to eat?”

“I need a snack.”

Or, my personal favorite: “I’m starving to death!”

If you have children at home – whether they’re preschoolers, homeschoolers, or students on school break – you’ve likely heard some version of those phrases a thousand times…just today!

It usually starts right about the time we’re finishing up the breakfast dishes. The plates and bowls we’re washing prove we fed them, but they swear they’re starving. To death. All that food our kids just consumed is a distant memory, and they want more….and more….and more. In their minds, snack time is all the time. It’s enough to drive a mama mad!

Back when we were still homeschooling, I finally reached the end of my rope with the constant cycle of food prep and clean-up. It made me dizzy. And crazy.

And then I got a great idea: Snack Boxes

Snack Boxes: A Snack Time Solution |

Creating Snack Boxes

I bought some cheapo divided plastic containers at the grocery store, and each morning I had the kids fill their boxes with whatever snacks they wanted that day. They had to choose at least two healthy snack, so I could feel good about it. They also got to choose one “treat,” so they felt pretty good about it, too.

When the children were hungry, they just grabbed their snack boxes and munched on whatever they wanted. No more asking for food throughout the day. No more interrupting their schoolwork. They were happy. I was happy. My kitchen was happy. 

Since my kids were old enough to read a list of food choices and pack their own boxes, I hung these lists on the side of the fridge….

Healthy (-ish) Foods

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Orange
  • Raisins
  • Cheese
  • Lunchmeat
  • Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Healthy cereal
  • Peanut Butter (for dipping pretzels, apples, etc.)
  • Muffin
  • Crackers
  • Yogurt

Non-Healthy Foods

  • Sugar cereal
  • Cookie
  • Chips
  • Granola bar
  • Fruit snacks
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy

Give snack boxes a try and let us know what you (and your kids) think! 

What snacks would you include in a snack box?  Share your ideas in the comments!

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    • says

      Jenni, I think my kids were in elementary, but you could absolutely do this with younger kids! You might have to choose the foods (or give limited options), but a little one could have fun munching on her own special snacks, as long as you don’t mind her “grazing”. This may be especially helpful when your hands are being kept busy with a new baby! You can pack your girlie’s food in the morning (or the night before), and she can get out her snack box by herself when you tell her it’s snack time! :)
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  1. says

    This is brilliant! Even though my little guy doesn’t have the words, yet, he makes it quite clear when he wants a snack, usually by going into the kitchen and pointing to the cabinet he knows holds his snacks. He loves compartments and to dump his food from one container to the next, so this is a perfect solution for us. :) Thanks for sharing this tip! :) – Kelsey
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  2. says

    This is a great tip for being more efficient in your homemaking and also making sure the kids eat healthier. I think I could use this technique when my grandchildren spend the day with us and pass it along to my daughter. Three of her four could do this. I often tire of thinking up what they can have when they say “I’m hungry” between meals. I love organizational tips. Thanks
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  3. says

    I like this idea. I may see if I can implement something like it. Currently I have a 5 week schedule on my pantry door with a snack listed for Monday through Friday. I use the same schedule as a regular calendar so I can keep track of what to serve each day. The kids know that they can have a snack around 4 pm, so we make what ever is on our schedule. I just have to remember and look ahead to make sure if we are having something that I need to bake that it gets completed before snack time.
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      • says

        I only have a five week schedule for snacks not all my meals. I started by making a list of all the snacks we ate and wanted to eat and then I rotated them into the days on a five week blank calandar. If I don’t have something on hand for a snack for the day I try to use extra fruit as a quick and easy back-up.
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