FROM THE DESK OF EXTENSION-Quick & Easy Snack Ideas for Parents on the Go

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Caitlin Richardson | Extension Dodge County | FoodWIse Program

Sometimes finding the time to prepare healthy snacks for our kids may seem like a daunting task especially during the rush of weekday mornings. Having things on hand ready to go can help tremendously. Let your kids have a special spot in the cupboard, refrigerator pantry or on the counter for their snacks and let them choose which snack they want each day. This saves YOU time and will encourage kids to eat their food. When kids have a say in food choices and feel ownership it increases the likelihood of food being eaten, regardless of what the food is. Below are some easy grab and go snack ideas that are tasty and healthy that you can have on hand.

  • Whole fruit (apples, bananas, oranges)
  • Pre-bagged berries or grapes (wash and bag them on the weekend)
  • Sliced veggies in a snack bag
  • Granola bars
  • Pre-popped popcorn in snack bags
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Pre-packed trail mix—make a big batch and portion it out to last all week
  • Yogurt cups
  • Individually wrapped string cheese sticks
  • Single serving boxes of raisins

Included below is a recipe from USDA’s Choose MyPlate on getting started making your own trail mix!


Trail Treat   (makes 4 servings)

Throw together this quick treat full of dried fruit, nuts, and delicious grains. Enjoy it as a snack on your next walk through the park or hike.


Choose Two of These: Choose Two of These
pretzels (1 cup) 1/4 cup raisins
1 square corn, rice or wheat cereal (1 cup) dried cranberries (1/4 cup)
1 cup round oat cereal dried banana chips (1/4 cup)
1 cup popcorn dried pineapple (1/4 cup)
goldfish crackers (1 cup soy nuts (1/4 cup)



  1. Wash hands; get out utensils.
    2. Choose the ingredients you want to use.
    3. Measure the suggested amounts of chosen ingredients and add to the mixing bowl.
    4. Mix ingredients using a stirring spoon and divide evenly into 4 storage bags.
  2. Enjoy your Trail Treat.






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