After-school snacking is a big deal! As a kid, it was one of the highlights of my day. By 3 o’clock, kids are restless and “STARVING, MOM!” They need nutrition-dense snacks to fuel their practices, games or homework. Great packaging can be the deciding factor in whether kids are willing to try new things, so why not make carpool snacks a little more fun? Here’s a few ideas for packaging healthy snacks to make them more appealing.
1. Pack their treats in mini takeout containers (pictured above; recipe below).
2. Wrap snacks in cellophane with your child’s favorite ribbon.
3. Buy little heart-shaped or square bright-colored boxes from Target or Walmart to stuff with goodies.
4. Draw on a simple plastic sandwich bag using a Sharpie.
5. Punch holes in plastic bags or cellophane and thread ribbons that are color-coordinated to your child’s after-school activity through the holes.
What other ways do you dress up your child’s snacks or lunches for school? Click for more Quick, Healthy Snacks on the Go and get even more ideas for healthy carpool snacks for busy families.
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- 1 (8½-oz) box mini whole-wheat crisps (about 3 cups)
- 2 cups yogurt-covered raisins
- 2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (optional)
- 1 (5-oz) bag sweetened dried cranberries or
- dried cherries
- 1 cup coarsely chopped dried mango
- Toss together whole-wheat crisps, yogurt covered raisins, pumpkin seeds (if desired) and dried fruit in a large bowl.
- Store snack mix in a large airtight container.
- Makes 8 cups.