I am a busy mum of 3 little ones and where possible i try to encourage my girls to be independent. Firstly it is good for them to be their own person and to make their own decisions.
Plus it saves me time, if they can do some things for themselves.
One way that we do this is the girls pack their own lunch box's.
They also help themselves to morning and afternoon snacks (if they are home).
I use plastic shot glasses to put cream cheese dips or hummus in.
I then bag up sticks of carrots,celery,peppers, cucumber etc.
There are always yogurts, cheese,and bagels already cut and buttered.
I also fill little bottles with milk.
We also have a cupboard snack box, with raisons, cereal bars, nuts, crackers, biscuits.
Everything is in individual portions (and weighed so my diabetic daughter can help herself, and give me piece of mind).
So In the morning, my girls grab their lunch box's from their own little cupboards, they are in the habit now, so they grab a bagel, and then they choose 3 healthy snacks and 2 things from the cupboard. They also choose a drink....lunch box done.
They are cheap, healthy, and none ever goes to waste as they love the novelty.
I just restock it every couple of days when they are at school and the baby is napping.
Also, i find this really helpful for when i need to pop out, i just grab something out all ready and packed and chuck it in the baby's bag. saves buying snacks while out which soon adds up in cost!
I hope this helps someone out, as our mornings are much calmer now. :)