One of my friends shared that she uses a “snack bin” to hold prepped, healthy snacks that her family can eat on-the-go.
(An amazing and simple idea, right?)
I’ve been using a bin in our refrigerator and it’s amazing how many fruits and vegetables I eat when they’re prepped ahead of time. I can grab one (or two or three) when I’m headed out the door. And my 2-year-old can help herself whenever she’s hungry.
The snack bin is a big WIN for the whole family. Spend 10 minutes over the weekend prepping snacks, and I’m good to go for the rest of the week!
Here’s what we’re snacking on this week:
- String cheese
- Baby carrots
- Red grapes
- Trail mix (Yes, I realize this is only semi-healthy.)
I use this tip from Food Lush to keep my berries fresh for days: Rinse berries in a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar) and 10 parts water. You can’t taste the vinegar at all and it will keep your berries from getting moldy so quickly.
Other fun snack ideas:
- Red pepper slices
- Pineapple “sticks” (these would be great for “baby-led weaning“)
- Sliced cantaloupe
- Peeled, hard-boiled eggs
- Little containers of peanut butter and hummus for dipping
- Homemade spiced carrot muffins
- Homemade peanut butter protein balls
- Graham crackers
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can prep a bin for your pantry too.
PS For more recipes and healthy eating ideas, you can find me on Pinterest @kellymcnelis.
Awesome tip about keeping the berries fresh–I just bought huge containers this weekend @ Costco so this will definitely help!
Yum! I'm so doing this.
what a good tip! i will definitely use it. i hate when berries go bad after just a day or two. 🙁
What a great idea! I need to do this one the weekend so I’ll make healthy choices during the week at work. I found your post on Pinterest, where I ma a new follower. Have a great Saturday!
Thanks, Leslie! Nice to “meet” you!
do you ever notice that things kept in a plastic baggie end up having a weird taste after a day or two? That would be my only hesitation. I used to do that with pretzels or other snacks including nuts and quit storing them that way b/c they had a funny flavor.
Hmmm, I’ve never noticed that. You could store in containers or reusable bags (Neat-os are our favorite!) instead.
I hate that! It always happen so quickly too! I thought I was just crazy… Glad someone else understands!!
YES! I totally agree! I haven’t found an alternative though, unless I use a regular container…
I use small glass containers! I hate that plastic taste.
Libbey 6.25-Ounce Small Bowls with Plastic Lids, 16-Piece Set from Amazon.
do you store all of this in your fridge? How long does everything tend to last, if it hasn’t been eaten already?
About a week.