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Take Along Lunches

Back To School Lunch Snack

Back to School Snack Packs

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!)



Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I am now learning to navigate life as a single woman. Turns out, it's not all about husband and children. Who knew? So, I'm on a journey of self discovery. I have 5 children, 3 of which are married, 5 2 are in Heaven (my beautiful baby Acadia Reign and my Diva Princess Tara Elizabeth), and 7 grandchildren! Plus, a ton of fabulous nieces and nephews! My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. Or at least it was, now I'm learning who I really am, beneath all of the busy family life. It's an adventure to be sure. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

19 thoughts on “Back To School Lunch Snack

  • Great idea for something that would have ended up in a landfill. Thanks for sharing and cohosting at #omhgww. See you next week. Pinned & tweeted.

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  • Debbie P

    Making your own snacks is so much healthier. Thanks for the recipe.

  • 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.

  • Chef in Training

    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!

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

  • 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!

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

  • Melanie @ bear rabbit bear

    Love this!

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


  • Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    A very thrifty reuse! Keeps the snacks from getting crushed, too. ;)Thanks for linking to the party. Hope to see you again this week.

    Blessings,Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  • Great idea!!!

    would love it if you would link up to my new link party Serenity Saturday over at serenityyou.blogspot.com


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

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

  • What a great idea! Great way to recycle!!!


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