Back-to-school time is just around the corner, so these next few weeks are going to be busy prepping and getting ready for all three kids to go to school! My oldest daughter will be going into the 3rd grade and my youngest two will be going to pre-school at the same place. Last school year was a lot of lessons learned. First, I had a hard time getting my daughter to school on time. I promised myself this year that it would not happen again, so in August I am making a plan for all my kids to be up, fed and ready for the day.
Breakfast is something that I have to plan to be quick and sometimes on the go. A lot of mornings we are rushing to get out the door, so I need to have something to quickly throw together and even stick in their hands to eat when we head to school. Just keeping it real, folks…we do eat in the car on the way to school sometimes!
Quaker is always a wonderful breakfast and food brand to have around! back before Christmas, I made some protein balls using a Quaker Oats cereal and they were a hit with the girls. Besides that, Quaker Instant Oatmeal and their cereals, like Cap’n Crunch are great for eating quickly at home or throwing into a zip top bag and munching on in the car on the way to school!
My kids love the Apples & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal, so I recently purchased a box to keep on hand for our back-to-school mornings. My oldest daughter can make this herself, which is very helpful for me if I am busy with the younger kiddos in the morning.
Sometimes mornings call for some Cap’n Crunch in a bowl of milk paired with a piece of fruit! If we are in a big rush, I just pour some of the cereal in a baggy and the kids eat their breakfast on the go!
I will admit that there are some mornings I allow my kiddos to eat a granola bar or two for breakfast along with a piece of fruit. The Quaker Chewy Granola bars are perfect if we are really in a rush. They are so good and just perfect for those super busy mornings!
On-the-Go Snack Pouches
Mornings are not my only time of day that things get crazy and chaotic. After school has its challenges too, and it mainly has to do with the kids being super hungry and begging for a snack. It’s just not good nor cost-effective to be stopping at fast food every day of the week for them to get something to eat. Usually, I keep a big plastic container filled with stuff, but this year I wanted the kids to have their own stash with their own assortment of snacks. That’s why I created these on-the-go snack pouches. No more fighting about what person gets what snack. Woohoo!
For this project, I purchased the pouches and the binder at the dollar store. They had these bright and colorful pencil pouches with a window and this fun purple 3-ring binder that I could store their pouches in when not in use.
I had some adorable cheetah duct tape so I put a strip of it on the spine of the binder and wrote “Snacks” in permanent marker on the front. Now it’s compact, organized and ready to go!
I love that it will fit conveniently in the car and I just have to snap the rings open, and hand them out to each kid!
You can of course find all of the delicious Quaker cereals and snacks at Walmart.. It’s my go-to place because there’s so much variety!
Tell me, what are your go-to quick breakfast foods and after school snacks? Let me know about that and what you think about my tutorial in the comments below!