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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  1. Great idea to reuse! My son learned about reusing things at school and it’s a “fight” to get him to let me put something in the recycle because he always wants to find another use for it.

  2. Yum! What a great snack!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again with more great projects!

  3. What yummy and fun ideas!!!

  4. Thank you so much for linking up with us.

    We have featured you at Nothing But Country this week.

    Thanks for your wonderful Creative Creation!!!

    Mary Beth

  5. This is a great snack fit for kids or adults! Thanks for sharing at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will party again tomorrow!

  6. So smart to use them for organization! I love that the snack mix is made ahead for easy snacks. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  7. This is so fun!! Great way to reuse what you already have. Yummy snacks, too! Thanks for linking up!!!

  8. Love this!

    I’d love for you to link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings Party going on now until noon Saturday!


  9. A very thrifty reuse! Keeps the snacks from getting crushed, too. 😉

    Thanks for linking to the party. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  10. Great idea!!!

    would love it if you would link up to my new link party Serenity Saturday over at


  11. definitely a good idea and way to use something you already have! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings!

  12. This is a fabulous idea! I’m going to have to use this for my kiddo! Thanks so much! -Juli

  13. What a great idea! Great way to recycle!!!

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