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One of my coworkers was munching on a ziploc bag full of goldfish the other day, which led to a conversation about how it has been forever since I ate goldfish. (It also made me think of C.J. from the West Wing.)
It turns out that his partner was going away for two weeks and filled a giant bowl with grab and go snack foods before leaving!
What a great idea!
This would be a fantastic gift for a parent returning to work after parental leave, a couple who just had a child, someone who is lazy like me, a parent whose partner is going to be away for work for awhile, a cute thing to do for your significant other, someone who just had surgery, a student going into exams, or pretty much anyone, really.
You can get those little snack size Ziploc bags as a starting point, if you want. Even better, incorporate some reusable snack bags into your gift. Here is a selection that I found on Amazon (if you click on the pictures, they will whisk you over to Amazon):
Anyway! Once you have sorted out what you will use for baggies, think about what you will use for a bowl. You might want to stick with a regular grocery bag or a large ziploc bag. Perhaps find a colorful plastic summer bowl or salad bowl from the dollar store, or online.
Time for Snacks!
Dietitians will tell you that snacks should have protein, fat and carbs, in that order of quantity. Now, not all of these suggestions are going to have those, so hopefully Jessica doesn’t shake her head at me! Portion some of these suggestions into “grab and go” baggies and you’re done!
- Fruit Cups
- Craisins and Dried Apricots
- Trail Mix
- Mixed Nuts
- Applesauce Cups
- Protein Balls
- Granola Bars
- Clif Bars
- Dried Figs
- Small Handful of Candy
- Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches
If you are willing to go the extra mile, make some refrigerateable (spell check says that’s not a word, pfft) snacks, as well.
- Diced Fruit
- Cheese Cubes
- Sliced Peppers
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Baby Carrots
- Veggies & Hummus
- Homemade Fruit Snacks
- Celery filled with Peanut Butter
What are your favourite snack foods? Would you like this simple food gift idea?