Snacks for a Car Trip

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! 

NON-PERISHABLE SNACKS

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

PERISHABLE SNACKS

Photo credits (from left to right in each row): string cheese; Thin Stackers; hummus; Stonyfield Organic whole milk yogurt; Justin's classic PB in a squeezable packet; Dr. Praeger's Spinach Littles

    Products

    • 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 Produce

    Photo credits (from left to right in each row): haricot verts; berries; sliced bell peppers; Rainier cherries; baby carrots; apple 

      • 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!

      Other Items

      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 


        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.