We are on the go a lot. So healthy on the go snacks for kids was a must! Our closest town is 45 min away so we spend a lot of time in our car! My husband farms and a lot of afternoons are spent in tractors and trucks and we have found snacks to be an absolute must when it comes to children! No hangry children if you are willing to plan just a bit and have some handy!
On The Go
So as handy dandy as prepackaged snacks are I try to avoid them! You can buy them in bulk for a lot cheaper and package them yourself and especially if you are trying to get away from single use plastics! All it takes is a little prep work as soon as you get home from town and you can have a variety ready and waiting for when you need them! Beeswax wraps are a super environmentally friendly option to! You can make a pocket any size you want with these.
I love, love the Munchkin snack catchers. No matter the age! It saves a lot of spilled crackers and clean up! Especially in the car seat. No one loves cleaning all those crumbs that somehow end up everywhere! You can also get the stainless steel ones that come with a lid. I prefer this one because the other one is not a screw on lid and is not a gaurantee if the lid stays on or not.
Also the take and toss containers! Except we do not toss them but re use them over and over and mine have survived many a dishwasher trip.
Bags are not as handy as they tend to squish crackers and again I try to avoid crumbs if I can as we have enough around! There are some amazing reusable food safe ones that you can throw in the dishwasher if you are trying to avoid single use plastics that work great and are easy to use.
I am blessed with a daughter that is not the pickiest eater. I have found though that the more variety I have the less she gets tired of one thing. Especially if I buy in bulk. The things we like the most and are easy clean up. You can often mix different combos together for lots of different varieties of snacks! Dark chocolate chips with dried fruit is yummy and also with pretzels or nuts.
- Raisins, Dried Cranberies
- Yogurt covered raisins
- Nuts when they are older ( mixed with raisins is a nice balanced carb, protein, fat ratio)
- Apple slices ( can sit at room temperature for quite a while)
- Trail Mix
- Apple Sauce in reusable squeeze pouches
- Dried Fruits
- Fruit Leathers
- Veggie Straws
- Gold Fish Crackers
- Granola Bites
- Mini Dark Chocolate chips
If we go on a trip or if I know I will be gone all day I usually take a good quality small cooler or lunch box with a few snacks and frozen water bottles. The frozen water bottles do not leak and can be used as cold water for when the snacks are done and you do not need your ice pack! Also great if you are nursing!
- Cheese Sticks
- Yogurt Tubes (freeze in summer for a good alternative to traditional ice pops) also good for teething babies!
- Carrots, celery, apples
- Dill Pickles (weird but somehow loved?) Super good for teethers!
- Yogurt Smoothies
- Tortilla roll ups with some deli meat and cheese in them.
O the sippy cups we have gone through! So many kinds and so many experiments and frustration at them not being truly spill proof. We do not drink a lot of juice but I do like to take milk along and there is nothing worse than milk spilled in a car seat. You will smell it for weeks if you live in a warm climate like me! I have certain ones that I definitely like more than others.
Milk is the tricky one. I like the Sipsters Playtex brand that transitions from sippy cup to a straw cup. But I have found if it drops when it is in the sippy cup stage you have to open it and re-insert the sippy cup part. A pain but I do like it otherwise. Seems smart to transition and not spend money on all the stages.
The Munchkin 360 insulated cup is great for the cup feel to it and keeps it cold for a long time. It does not have handles though and that is sometimes nice when you are on the go and hanging onto a lot of stuff and is also easier for your toddler to hang onto.
As your kids get older the Hydra Flask is an amazing option and says it is not spill proof but I have yet to have one leak. I do not put milk in it though. It is BPA free. Double walled vacuum keeps it insulated for 24 hours! That is a long time and I love it for when our super hot weather hits in about May! I like it for myself to and the kids one is a good size that I even like it for keeping in my purse! I do try to keep it up right, but honestly often find it laying down and not a leak yet?
I rarely give daughter ice-cold water so we usually do not use an insulated cup for water. I do carry a thermos of cold water though sometimes if we will be out for the whole day! I can refill sippy cups and not spend money on buying water. The Munchkin 360 hands down has been our favorite from baby to Toddler!
On The Go Moms
At first I stressed with all the snacks I had to haul around as we are often gone for portions of the day but honestly different things work for everyone! I found that variety was my best friend! Especially when we traveled on trips or were gone in the tractor all day. A few different kinds and you do not have to bring huge amounts!
We try to live as healthy as we can and I do not put candy in as snacks. They are not long-lasting but sometimes they are used for a bribe every now and then or as prizes when it came to potty training. Candy will not last long and if you are like me I like snacks to stick and last for a bit and not constantly be eating all the time. Although it seems like snack time rolls around so often! Mini dark chocolate chips as the exception because they do not have as much sugar!
These are a few of the things that have helped me and I hope gives you some new ideas for those trips, playground days, zoo trips or just being at home! I find being prepared saves a lot of the stress and trying to find a snack with a grumpy child. I like catching it way before that!
Cheers to Moms!