Over Memorial Day, we went to La Quinta (near Palm Springs) for a long weekend away. With so much time in the car ahead, I wanted to be prepared with lots of snacks - for Theo (15 months old at the time) and for us, but mostly for Theo. I basically bought out Whole Foods' non-perishable snacks; while some were better than others, they definitely have great offerings. I also brought a lot of perishable snacks from home in a cooler bag with ice packs. This strategy worked out really well and it put my mind at ease knowing that we always had a variety of food on hand. Additionally, we used some of the food for meals like breakfast in our room. It was very helpful to not have to go out to eat for every single meal! As you well know, eating out with a toddler isn't always the easiest or most pleasant experience. ;) Below are my recommendations for both perishable and non-perishable snacks. In general, many of these are great for when you're on the go. Some of these ideas - like the chickpea straws and Dr. Prager's frozen littles - came from my friend Shanna's awesome blog post about snacks for toddlers!
Photo credits (from left to right in each row): Happy Family Chickpea straws - cheddar and spinach and sweet potato and rosemary; Nurturme Quinoa Squares; Happy Family blueberry beet rice cakes; Plum Organics Jammy Sammy in apple, cinnamon and oatmeal; Ella's Kitchen Nibbly Fingers in bananas and raisins
- Happy Family Chickpea straws in two flavors: cheddar and spinach or sweet potato and rosemary; these have become a favorite healthy snack for Theo when we're on the go!
- Ella's Kitchen Nibbly Fingers in two flavors: bananas and raisins and strawberries and apples
- Nurturme Quinoa Squares in banana + broccoli
- Plum Organics Jammy Sammies in apple, cinnamon and oatmeal and peanut butter strawberry
- Happy Family rice cakes in flavors like blueberry beet
- Lentil Crackers
- For younger babies (ideally under one), Happy Family also offers an assortment of dairy and non-dairy drops that melt in baby's mouth; some are made of freeze-dried yogurt like mixed berry. and some are made of fruits, veggies and coconut milk like strawberry, raspberry and carrot
- Nuts like almonds or cashews cut (or bitten!) in half - we love the packs from Trader Joe's
- String cheese or a cheese stick (cheddar, mozzarella, Colby jack, etc.)
- Cheese slices
- Thin Stackers with spreads or dips like peanut butter, hummus or baba ghanouj
- Justin's offers smaller portions of peanut butter in squeezable packets
- GUD frozen falafel, cooked ahead of time and stored in a container
- I couldn't find a link for the product itself, but I have bought it several times at Whole Foods. It's pictured in this blog post.
- Dr. Praeger's Littles, which come in four flavors - spinach, broccoli, kale and sweet potato.
- Heat them up in the microwave ahead of time and then put them in a container in your cooler bag.
- **I must say, Theo loves these! They are a great way to get more veggies into your toddler. ;) I also love that they're made by a healthy brand like Dr. Praeger's. They have lots of offerings for kids and adults, which are great options to have on hand in the freezer!
- Stonyfield Organic's whole milk yogurt pouches in blueberry, vanilla, pear spinach mango and strawberry beet berry and Stonyfield Organic's YoKids yogurt pouches in blueberry, strawberry banana and strawberry
- You can buy individual pouches at most stores. Sometimes you might get lucky and find a four-pack in a box, which is a better deal!
- Fresh cherries, rinsed, pitted and dried ahead of time - we love Rainier, which are in season now
- Fresh berries, rinsed and dried ahead of time
- Apples, rinsed, whole or cut into slices
- Grapes, rinsed and dried ahead of time
- Pears, rinsed, whole or cut into slices
- Orange slices (with peel on)
- Bell pepper slices
- Baby carrots or carrot sticks
- Cucumber wedges or slices
- Blanched green beans (instructions here) - we love haricot verts from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods because they are thin and sweet
- NOTE: Whenever you wash produce, it starts to decay faster. Only wash what you intend to use and use it promptly!
Photo credits (from left to right in each row): shelled edamame; Gastromommy's egg muffins with bacon, spinach, cauliflower and cheddar; garbanzo beans; Five-Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins; hardboiled eggs; Paleo Blender Muffins
- Hardboiled eggs
- Egg muffins
- Muffins - some of my current favorites are sweet potato, Paleo blender, spinach banana, 5-ingredient banana bread and GF banana oatmeal
- Frozen or fresh shelled edamame - if frozen, cooked according to package instructions, drained and stored in a container
- Garbanzo beans, black beans, cannellini beans, etc. - rinsed, drained and stored in a container
What snacks do you like to bring on a car trip? A plane trip? Please share with us in the comments below! We'd love to hear your ideas.