Here are some great ideas for healthy snacks for toddlers on the go!
Traveling with a toddler means you need to be prepared and this includes finding some easy toddler snack ideas!
Healthy Snacks for Toddlers on the go
The first thing I did was buy a little cooler bag to store her food and drinks. Apart from keeping the temperature down, it also meant everything was in an easy to reach place. In here I could fit her lunch, fruit, snacks and drinks.
Now my daughter eats pretty much what we eat, I don’t always take the cooler bag but I do always take a selection of snacks in the nappy bag. These are to keep her hydrated and happy in between meals and let’s face it, appease her from throwing the odd tantrum!
We try and give her the healthiest snacks and food possible but we’re also a bit relaxed occasionally and it isn’t always easy to keep fresh food ‘fresh’ when you’re on the go. We mix fresh and packaged snacks – here are our favourites for when we’re out and about. This post contains affiliate links.
Here are some of our favourite healthy toddler snacks on the go so if you’re looking for road trip food ideas for your little one, read on:
1. Fruit and vegetables
Grapes and bananas are Miss M’s favourite fruits and make healthy road trip snacks. These are the two she asks for the most – ‘bapes’ and ‘nanas’. They both ‘travel’ well and aren’t too messy as long as we have wipes at the ready to clean up sticky fingers and faces afterwards.
The only problem for me is that I loath the smell of banana – ah, the things we do for our babies! Vegetables take a bit more forward planning as we chop them up in advance rather than pack a knife in the nappy bag! We like to take chopped carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes for shorter journeys or picnics – they’re great travel food for babies.
2. Rice cakes and fruit puffs
A firm favourite since my daughter was 6 months old – not too messy either – well unless you let half-chewed ones stick to your clothes and dry, then there’s no shifting them. They’re great baby snack ideas if you’re baby led weaning too.
Another plus is that unless they’re banana flavoured, mummy quite likes these too :). We love these for road trip food.
Ooh, I’m sure she could eat these all day – one of our fave healthy snacks for toddlers and healthy baby snacks.
If you’re jetting off, these are available in small, compact boxes so make easy snacks on a plane. I always recommend these to friends asking for ideas for snacks to take on a plane.
I always check what food can I take on a plane firsthand with the airline.
They’re sweet and healthy and again, not much mess involved which is so important for travelling.
We never give her food or drink when she’s in the car but when we stop off along the journey, they’re always handy to have.
We also sometimes give her raisins or grapes in restaurants when we’re waiting for our food. On that note, I’ve found always having a colouring book and crayons in the nappy bag is a life saver for times like that as she loves to scribble or gets us to draw her things.
Now ‘biskies’ actually incorporates many snacks – fruit bars, bread sticks and of course actual biscuits. We save these more for special occasions because I think she’s picked up Mummy AND Daddy’s sweet tooth. Organix Fruit Bars are some of her fave snack ideas for kids.
5. Yogurt and cheese
My daughter LOVES yogurt – although she calls it ‘milk’ :) She’s been on whole milk since 12 months. In the morning and before bed we also give her cheese (‘tees’) and yogurt in the day time too. Generally she has a cheese string with her lunch and a yogurt after her dinner, either a pot or pouch.
Dairy aren’t the best healthy plane snacks for long car rides either unless you have a cooler though. But they are one of the best road trip snacks for short journeys in our opinion.
Pouches are great healthy snack ideas for toddlers or healthy snack ideas for kids. She’s been able to suck them up herself for over a year. Which is very handy so we can get on with our own food. Again, they’re fuss free and she rarely spills them. We pop the top back on and either bin them or store in the nappy bag until we’re near home. They also can be stored at room temperature so are find to keep in your nappy bag. Recently, we’ve given her fruit juice and flavoured coconut water for an occasional treat.
What are your favourite easy healthy snacks for kids or easy snacks for kids?
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What do your little ones snack on when you’re travelling? I’d love to hear your ideas for easy healthy snacks on the go too!
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