Gone are the days of the kids scavenging the kitchen on the hunt for after school snacks, because today we’re making a quick and easy after school snack station using Ziploc bags! This is so simple, you can just prep everything on Sunday and you’re set to go for the week. It’s also perfect for sending to daycare or leaving with the sitter for the little ones. Going to be gone all day on a weekend and leaving the kids with the grandparents? You can use this same idea for making up all of their meals and snacks in advance for the day so everything is ready to go. Also, this is the perfect way for encouraging healthy, nutritious snacking by choosing things like baby carrots, string cheese and grapes or berries. So, ready to get started? Let’s get snacking!
First up, use snack size Ziploc bags and label each with the day of the week. For after school snacks, label them Monday through Friday. For a full day’s worth of meals and snacking label them breakfast, snack, lunch, dessert, etc. Fill each with the perfect portion of your snacks of choice and make one set of bags for each kid.
Next, tuck each set of snack bags into a gallon size Ziploc bag. Label with each kid’s name and then tuck them into a set spot in the fridge so they always know where to look for them. For instance, if you decide to stick them on the top shelf or in a bottom drawer, keep them in the same place every time. I labeled my bags with labels I made using colored craft paper and my at-home sticker maker, but you can definitely just use a marker to keep things even simpler! And there you have it – a quick and easy after school snack station that takes the guesswork and decision-making out of snacking. Bonus that it helps you steer the kids toward healthier choices than they might make otherwise on their own.