Friday, August 12, 2011

Back To School Lunch Snack

So, in my house we eat a LOT of fresh strawberries and I HATE throwing things away, so the containers remained long after the strawberries were consumed...  All summer I've been putting them away until I had my brilliant use for them.  The other night it hit me: use them to store snacks for lunches!!!  Yay Me!!!   Some additional things I made for the containers were some with cookies, pretzels, and I'm adding mini muffins.  We put them in the freezer, and at the beginning of each week Monkey will pick out five snacks to put in her lunches.  This way, we don't have to buy chips and I can sneak in some nutrition!!!  *Evil Laugh*
I made some snack mixes, placing them in snack size portion baggies and started using the containers!!!  I was so pleased with myself!!!  My family could care less.  LOL.  That's okay, I'm still pleased!  So, here are the 'recipes' I came up with.  There aren't any measurements, as I put as much of each ingredient as I wanted.  I used stuff we had on hand, such as the packages of cereal in the huge ziplock that wasn't enough for a bowl but I just couldn't waste!  In a valiant effort, if I do say so myself, not to spend money, I chose to use what I had on hand.  All except for a bag of pretzels, we don't usually buy them so I did purchase those.  So basically, the cost to make these was summed up into the purchase of the pretzels!  (Again, I'm pleased with this here at the zoo!!!)

This mixture is whole wheat cheerios, pretzels, raisins and sprinkled some sugar cinnamon mix on .  Mixed and divided into baggies.  Yummy!!!

This mix is strawberry wheaties, chex cereal, raisins, and pretzels.  I didn't add sugar or anything to this one since the wheaties had a strong strawberry flavor.
When I started, I had these grand pictures in my mind as to how to decorate the containers, then I realized that I was going to be storing them in the freezer and that just wouldn't work.  So on the inside of the container, I taped in a label.  Voila!  Not pretty, but functional and handy!!!

Ideas for Snack Packs

  1. Chex Mix
  2. Dried Fruit
  3. Fruit and Nut Mix
  4. Mini Muffins, 3 per bag
  5. Pretzels
  6. Peanuts
  7. Grapes (gotta have an insulated lunch sack for this one!)
  8. Apple slices (put a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning)
  9. Mini Cupcakes (I'd stick with two for these!
  10. Cookies/Brownies (if you are like me and can't make small cookies, use the sandwich bags!)



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