Along with our usual meal prep when we’re really trying to focus on eating healthier, I like to have some prepped snacks on hand for when we’re going to be more on the go.
These can be anything from cubed cheddar and turkey bites, apples slices, cheese and crackers, bags of trail mix, all the way to protein bars! The key, if you’re making it yourself – which does save so much money – is to slice, cut, or cube right away and section out your portions into ziplock bags or tupperware so that it’s already done and ready to go. We buy a lot of things in bulk and then make our own little “packages” of servings for convenience.
And it does make it a million times easier to have your healthy snacks already portioned out like this and ready to take with you! And it really doesn’t take that much time. In fact, you’re saving yourself time and money by ensuring you’re not going to be more tempted to reach for a candy bar from a snack machine or fast food when you’ve been stuck out too long.
I do have to admit that meal prepping and snack prepping were much harder when I was briefly trying to be a working mom back when our oldest was little. I did manage to make all our food homemade, including snacks and such, but everything was a lot more rushed and anxious.
One of the first things I noticed when I began staying home with him was the beauty of slowing down and truly enjoying life. And MANY of the adventurous baking or cooking that we did together only happened when I was staying home… work took the best of me.
Now that we’re having more children, our family is almost run like a small business, so little things like this, although they take time, are relaxing to do and gives me fulfillment. It’s the difference of making something beautiful yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you – you just feel that much more fulfilled and almost a sense of joy in creating it.
So I hope you try out making your own portioned out snacks this next week. We do our grocery shopping today, so I already have a list of the things I’m going try 😀