KALEJUNKIE DISHES: KID SNACKS
One of the questions I get all the time from other mamas is what I give my kids to eat for snacks, especially when we travel! So I thought I would share, based on our recent week long trip to Palm Springs. Luckily we were traveling in the U.S., with a Whole Foods Market in close proximity, so yes, the ability to find all of these things was abundant. But if you are traveling abroad or where you won’t be able to hit up a health food store, do your best to plan in advance and bring a bunch of things with you, so that you are set up for success. I also tell mamas to pack more snacks than you think you will need, because it’s Murphy’s Law - if you don’t have them, you will wish you did!
Chopped Fruits & Veggies
First and foremost, I go for chopped fruits and veggies as my first line of attack—peaches, apples, berries of all kinds, carrot sticks, cauliflower with a little seasoning on it, celery, and even some raw broccoli. This tactic will work with some kids and not others, and it’s perfectly okay if it doesn’t work with yours. Gavyn, my 3 year old, is super picky, and won’t touch a veggie no matter how hard I try. Hunter, my 18 month old, will eat anything under the sun. All kids are so different! I carry them around with me in a Stasherbag, and toss the bag in my purse. If you haven’t gotten in on the Stasherbag goodness yet, you need to. Say bye bye to the plastic bags FOREVER. I also bring packages of organic raisins with me, if for nothing else, then for throwing at my kids when they act up (kidding of course), but kids love them!
Beef & Turkey Meat Sticks
My boys love these, and I always, ALWAYS have a few in my purse. There are a lot of different brands on the market, and to be honest, I don’t have a favorite. The only thing that is super important to me - and should be to you - is that they are grass-fed and organic. You don’t want to be eating meat that was pumped with hormones and antibiotics, because arguably that passes to you. Can’t find any? Then I’d personally steer clear of meat sticks all together. And by all means, if you see Slim Jims, RUN!
Chips and Crackers
We also love snacking on chips and crackers. But again, just like when it comes to the beef stick categories, most chips and crackers are filled with canola oil, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and other ingredients you can’t pronounce. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it. For crackers, we love the Simple Mills brand, as the ingredients are super simple, and they are sturdy (no flimsy crackers). For chips, we like a few different brands. But one of our absolute favorite brands is Boulder Canyon, a company I only discovered a few months ago. Their chips come in many different varieties, and they taste like the regular bad-for-you potato chips, but a million times better. Why? The ingredients are clean, and this particular flavor that Hunter is noshing on below is made with avocado oil. You hear that, guys? NO CANOLA! I was lucky enough to find them at Whole Foods, so if you have one nearby, be sure to pick up a bag (or ten, you will be hooked).
Cold Pressed Fruit and Veggie Pouches
If you are traveling to a remote area where you can’t find the cold-pressed, refrigerated fruit/veggie pouches (like the Once Upon A Farm brand), and you need some pouches, choose wisely. A lot of the shelf stable brands contain preservatives and other ingredients that you wouldn’t want in your kids’ food. Hey, I don’t shame, and trust me, when I’m in a pinch, I grab these too. They are easy to transport and a quick way to sneak nutrients in. But if you have a choice, bring along fresh cold-pressed baby food, and carry it in a Pack-It cooler, our favorite ever travel cooler bag.
As a mom, my mindset when it comes to snacks is not to deprive my kids of life’s pleasures. My hope is simply to find healthier versions of childhood favorites, so that my kids can enjoy and live healthy lives!
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