We have all been there, and felt the temptation creep in when we are in the car with our kids and the fast food option is just screaming your name. It would be fast, easy, and a cheap way to keep everyone satisfied right? Wrong. This comes as a result of poor planning, and who can blame you when you are so busy with the kids? The little snack packs that are kept in the car, can really come in handy when a melt down in coming on. Whether it be road trips to see family, or just everyday items here is a little of snack foods for you and your kids while you are out on the town.
Portable Snack Options:
Water Bottles For All
This comes in handy almost all of the time! If every child has their own personal water bottle, they can fill it up at gas stations or airports as you travel. This takes away the desire for a sugary juice or soft drink immediately. It is equally as important that the parents also have a water bottle, as everyone needs to stay hydrated when they are on the go.
Dried Fruit and Nuts
What better way to get some nutrient dense, wholesome foods into your kid’s diets like nuts and fruit? These are extremely portable, and they last longer than a yogurt would in the car. No refrigeration necessary! Mix it up with dried cherries, mangos, bananas, apples, and pears. Small oranges or “cuties” are also a great snack on the go.
Carrots and Celery Sticks
These are great snacks with peanut butter! If your child has a peanut allergy, don’t worry because these taste just a delicious without peanut butter!
Peanut Butter Crackers
You can take saltine crackers, and put some all-natural peanut butter on them for a cleaner version of the vending machine peanut butter crackers. You can use your own peanut butter (which is almost guaranteed to have less sugar and preservatives in it, which is awesome).
These are my absolute favorite! Cut the apples into the shape of cookies, round and flat and add peanut butter on them (maybe some granola, or chocolate chips to garnish) and enjoy!
Dried Cereal and Fruit
For road trips this can easily be prepared in a plastic Tupperware set and saved for later. Add in a dry cereal (preferably one with 3 grams of sugar or less!) Plain cheerios are always a safe bet here. Add in a fruit such as blueberries, or raspberries to the mix for a sweet and savory treat for your kiddos.
Make Your Own Trail Mix
This one can be prepared in a variety of ways depending on your child’s favorite foods, and allergies they may have. Add in a type of nut (if allowed), something sweet such as a dried fruit, and something crunchy like granola, or dried cereal. If possible stay away from pretzels as they contain a lot of sodium, and empty calories with little nutritional value.
The opportunities are endless, so get out there and prep with your kids for some fun (and healthy options) that will save you time, money, and a lot of headaches in the future. The snacks will benefit your kids in more ways than one, and you will get to enjoy them too!