You’re walking through the zoo or playing in the park with your kids when all of a sudden they need food, and they need it NOW. We’ve all been there.
If like us, you’ve found yourself looking for the nearest exit before dealing with a complete meltdown. And although it may be easier to grab a bag of animal crackers and hit the road, in the long run your child will benefit more from healthy, well-balanced snacks.
To help you out, we’ve got a few great on-the-go snacks to prevent such a scenario. With a few simple steps and adequate preparation, your kid’s hunger pangs will be handled in a flash.
Here are some of our favorite healthy, nutrient-packed options (they provide long-lasting fuel for your kids. Kiss goodbye to sugary boosts followed by an energy crash and meltdowns!):
1. Whole-grain crackers with nut butter: Whole-grain products have more fiber and nutrients than products made with refined flour. Combine whole-grains with the protein in the nut butter of your choice and your child will surely be satisfied. (Tammy’s kids like crispbread with sunflower or peanut butter, these are hearty and travel well).
2. String cheese: Cheese is a great “pick-me-up” snack for kids because it’s fun to eat, and it has calcium to promote bone growth, as well as protein to keep your kids from getting hungry a half hour later. Give ‘em this and a handful of grapes or another fruit and your day of fun will be back on track.
3. Sliced veggies with hummus: This snack is a staple in our houses and when we travel-it’s a great way to give your kids a combination of nutrients along with a tasty source of protein to help them feel full longer. FYI: Many hummus brands now make smaller containers that are perfect on-the-go.
4. Trail mix: Make a homemade trail mix with raisins, cheerios, dried fruit, nuts (if age appropriate), and some dark chocolate morsels. Trail mix is an excellent all-encompassing snack because it combines fruity, sweet, and salty flavors. Just note, this can be a high-calorie snack, so be mindful of how much you give your kids.
5. Whole fruit: Apples, pears, oranges, and bananas require zero preparation and are great to travel with. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with whole fruits, so you can easily grab them and go. Fruit and vegetable squeeze pouches: These are an awesome way to get antioxidants and energy on the go with a simple squirt in the mouth.