Back in December of last year, I posted a menu plan that included a photo of one of our snack bins. Since then, I’ve received numerous emails from readers, asking me how to create one and what kind of snacks we keep in ours.
Having snack bins in our home has made snack time so much simpler. I highly recommend them.
Why should we have a snack bin?
I strongly believe that having a snack bin (or 2) in your home will ensure that you and your family are eating healthier. Before we had snack bins in our home, I found that we were eating junk when we craved snacks – not because we wanted to eat junk, but because junk was the most convenient to grab.
By having a bin full of fresh fruit & veggies that are divided into individual portion sizes, it’s now much easier to grab something healthy when we’re hungry. We no longer have the excuse that grabbing a bag of potato chips is faster.
Of course, this only works if you actually fill your snack bin(s) with healthy snacks. It’s okay to throw in the odd “bad” food as well, but at least 75% of your snacks should be healthy.
Where do I keep our snack bin?
Keep your bin(s) where you will see them and use them the most. For us, we have a snack bin in the refrigerator for things like fruit, cheese, yogurt, and veggies. We also keep one in the pantry for snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated, like crackers, granola bars and popcorn.
There is also a fruit bowl on our kitchen counter where we keep produce that isn’t meant to be kept in the fridge (bananas, pears, peaches, etc.).
Having your snacks easily accessible is very important. Otherwise, you will just grab something that is easier to get to – something that likely isn’t the best food choice!
What kind of bin(s) should I use?
Really, any type of bin works would work. Make sure it’s a decent size and can hold enough snacks to last your family a week or so. Try to avoid using bins that are too big – some snacks may end up getting lost at the bottom of if you do this.
Measure your pantry, fridge or whatever other area you decide to keep your snack bin to find out the right size bin you need. The dollar store is a great place to pick up bins (that’s where we buy most of our smaller ones), but take a look around your home first – you may find something that works and can save a trip to the store. When we first created the bin for our pantry, we used the small box that came with a 12 pack of water bottles. We soon outgrew this box, but if you’re single or have a very small family, this size may work for you.
How often do I need to fill our snack bin?
I suggest filling your snack bin once a week to ensure that everything gets used and you can continue to offer fresh snacks.
I like to fill our snack bins on the weekend, right after we do our weekly grocery shop. This way, everything is at it’s freshest and can be eaten right away. It’s also less stuff that I have to put away when we come home from the grocery store. 😉
There are so many benefits to having something as simple as a snack bin in your home. Save time, money (by eating your food before it goes bad), and your sanity… just by having a bunch of snacks ready to go when hunger strikes.
If you have not tried using a snack bin, I encourage you to give it a try. I can’t promise it will completely change your life, but I can promise that snack time will be much smoother – at least for a week!