Healthy Snacks for Toddlers On the Go

Here are some great ideas for healthy snacks for toddlers on the go!

Whether we’ve gone for a long walk, traveled by car, bus, train or plane, food and drink for the journey has always been a big part of the planning.

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

When I was breastfeeding, of course, this was so much easier but after weaning and her moving on to solid food, we had to think more about what to pack in the nappy bag when we were out and about.

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Some of our favourite healthy travel snacks for babies and toddlers

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.

3.  Raisins

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.

4.  Biscuits

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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30 Comments

  1. hannah mum's days
    / 7:34 am

    Food is a life-saver here (for the obvious reasons but also for saving my sanity while travelling!!) – R is a big bread fan, so I’ll also make up little sandwiches or toast for him :)

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList love xxx

    • / 10:27 am

      Oh yes, here too – the ultimate bribe these days argh! :)

  2. / 10:07 pm

    We tend to get all of the above. However our daughter also loves olives and gherkins.

  3. / 11:55 pm

    We are huge fans of Ella’s kitchen, even my 10yr old loves the raspberry puffs.

  4. Great snack idea’s. My toddler is a fussy little bugger at the moment so I need all the help I can get! x #TheList

  5. / 2:20 pm

    Great suggestions, it’s sometimes so easy to pick up the rice cakes when I need to rush out the door. But there are so many other easy snacks for variation like the fruits and vegetables, and I really like the idea of having a small cooler bag to store it in so it’s nice and fresh. Lovely post! #TheList

  6. / 10:07 pm

    Great ideas. We have a wedding to go to in a few months, which is miles away from us. So there will be many of these snacks in the car. xx

    • / 11:30 am

      Oh yes – long journeys can be very stressful can’t they – hope it goes well! :)

  7. / 7:03 am

    Breadsticks are the most used as the stay in the nappy bag and don’t require much preparation. Other items we use a lot are cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, boiled egg, etc. We’ve recently started taking more leftover pastas and stirfrys as a lot of places seem to have a microwave.

    • / 9:32 am

      They’re so easy to carry around aren’t they and keep them busy munching for a while :)

  8. / 9:42 pm

    Mainly my little one is having crisps, rice cakes, yoghurts, banana and crackers. I have actually never tried out the kiddylicous or ela range. He is probably too old now for it? (2 1/2)

    • / 7:31 pm

      Mine is 22 months and doesn’t have the meal pouches but the yogurt.smoothie ones are still firm favourites! They’re so easy to keep in the nappy bag when we’re out and about as don’t have to be chilled and easy for no mess and throwing away! :)

  9. @tiddlertales
    / 9:38 pm

    Some good ideas here, it’s so easy to just chuck in a pack of rice cakes and although they’re not that unhealthy I should make more of an effort to make a little tub of fruit. Love the Ellas kitchen pouches too! Cosco do them in bulk a bit cheaper. Cheers for these ideas!

    • / 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! Ooh I will have to check our Costco as Ella’s Kitchen pouches are a firm favourite in our household, thanks :)

  10. / 5:21 pm

    Great suggestions!! I always have things like bags of baby crisps or rice cakes in the house to chuck in his bag for days out ‘just in case’ – I also pack things like toast with cheese spread on them and little sandwiches. And always fruit. Loves the stuff!! An apple can buy you about half an hour too :)

    Thanks for linking up to #Thelist! Hope you’ve had a good week xxx

    • / 2:41 pm

      Ha that’s so true – slow-eating foods are life savers for mummies :)

  11. / 12:33 pm

    I am terrible at thinking of snacks for Elsa. She loves those Organix fruity bars, raisins and yogurt covered fruit bits. She also has mini biscuits (like chocolate fingers- bad mummy!) or a yogurt pouch. I don’t give her a lot of fresh stuff when we are out and about but she is a big fan of clemtines and satsumas at the moment so I’ve started packing one of those. I find snacktime easier to deal with at home when she can sit in her highchair and make a mess! #TheList

    • / 2:38 pm

      Ha we have the ‘occasional’ chocolate finger too – oh my word they make a mess! :)

  12. / 1:18 pm

    Ooh yes a lot of these are very familiar, food has always been a huge consideration for us when we go out too, food and sleep are the two keys to baby/toddler happiness in my experience! #sundayroundup

    • / 3:27 pm

      I completely agree – get those two right and you’re a happy mummy :) Actually, food and sleep are two of the most important things in my life too :)

  13. / 9:06 pm

    I tend to buy bannanas when travelling always a bad idea! They dont get eaten and I end up squishing them etc. We usually go unhealthy when travelling biscuits oh dear dont tell the snack police! I find raisins are a good shout cant take them ages to get them out the box and when they do if they havent spilled them they do not make so much mess unlike some other fruits! Thanks for joining up With the Sunday Round up!

    • / 3:28 pm

      Ha ha I bet – those bananas get everywhere! Miss M LOVES them and I can’t stand the smell and texture – not a good combination for travelling. I won’t tell the snack police on you if you don’t on me – biscuits play a big part in our household too :) :)

  14. / 1:48 pm

    Lovely healthy snack ideas. I swear that Spiderbaby will actually turn into a raisin at some point soon!! She also loves it if I take a bite of an apple and she can chew on the rest of it, keeps her quiet for ages that one!!! x

    • / 3:26 pm

      I hope they’re healthy – thank God Miss M loves fruit and vegetables more than sweets, not like her mum! Ha ha they LOVE the raisins don’t they! :)

  15. Seychellesmama
    / 2:33 pm

    Some great ideas for snacks on the go here!!!

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