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It's back to school time and I know all you mommas are busy busy busy! Start the new school year off right with a grab and go snack station like the one we use. I set this system up to make it easy for me to pack Brady's lunches up quick, plus I always have snacks ready for my hungry little monkey to munch on.
We love granola bars, especially the Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bars. The variety pack has everyone's favorites, peanut butter for B and chocolate chip for my hubby. I picked some up at Walmart along with a few other things on my list for making our snack station.
- Quaker Oats Fruit and Cream oatmeal for a quick and easy breakfast. I love the peaches and cream!
- Cap'n Crunch, my husband loves this stuff. He's a big kid
- Life Cereal
- Quaker Chewy Dips Granola Bars
- Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter
- Life Maple Brown Sugar Cereal
Most of my list was conveniently all on the cereal aisle of Walmart.
Here's an easy everyday example of what I pack for Brady's lunch. A sandwhich, Quaker Oats granola bar, piece of fruit and some cheese. I made cute little printable lunch notes to stick in there too. ( Free Printable Kids Lunch Notes below)
That's our two minutes and you've got a perfect packed lunch routine. I like to keep some yummy snacks for my boys to grab when they're hungry too. I made a snack station with three bins I got from Walmart, filled with Quaker Oats bars, fruit and some fun snack mixes I whip up. These are so delicious and super easy to make. Here are our favorite recipes to mix-up:
Cinnamon Crunch Munch –
- 1 cup of Life Maple and Brown Sugar Cereal
- 1 cup of Cap'n Crunch
- 1 cup of popcorn
- sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over
- sprinkle 1 teaspoon of brown sugar over
- mix all together and sprinkle with a few dashes of cinnamon
Peanut Butter Power Mix
- 1 cup of Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter
- 1 cup of Life cereal
- 1 cup of marshmallows
- 1 cup of Quaker Oats Chewy Dips Bars in Peanut Butter, crumbled
- mix together in bowl
Of course you could always add in any other fun things your family likes. Peanuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes… you name it!
I made these fun treat bag toppers you can use for your snack packs too. Right click to save the image, print on white card stock, cut along lines and tape over a sandwich bag of your favorite mix.
Our snack station is all set! With my hungry crew I'll be refilling it in just a few days I'm sure. Need to grab some more of the Quaker Birthday Cake chewy bar after trying the bonus on in our variety pack. It's delicious!
I've shared with you some of my tips for easy kids lunch and snack ideas. What are some tricks you use for getting your little ones organized and ready for school?