No need for complaints of hunger from the kids when you are out and about. Here are 10 things you should always carry in your purse or car!
I have two toddlers, who always seem to be hungry. It is pretty much guaranteed that we can’t even get through a trip to the grocery store without one of them complaining about being hungry. I’m scared for when they are teenagers!
I have found that by always keeping an array of snacks with me, we can avoid many of those mid-day meltdowns. Here are my top 10 picks for take-along snacks.
This is one of the easiest snacks–and the most popular with my kids. By purchasing the individual containers, it’s easy to throw a couple into my bag. Just don’t forget the spoons! I have a package of cheap children’s spoons that I keep in the car or the diaper bag.
2. Dried Fruit.
Apples, raisins, mangoes…the selection these days is huge. Keep it easy and throw a whole bag of dried fruit into your bag, or make smaller kid-sized bags. This is a snack that Mom will probably love snacking on, too!
3. Dried Cereal.
We eat cereal as a snack more than we eat it for breakfast! My kids go crazy for any variety of Cheerios® (especially the fruity ones). By making up small bags of cereal (I love the small snack-size resealable bags), you have an easy treat that kids can eat in the car and on the run.
Here’s something kids (and adults!) can’t resist. Look for the individual cups that don’t need to be refrigerated. This is another reason to keep your bag stocked with spoons, too.
These are a no-brainer. But my biggest complaint with them is that they are always getting smashed. I don’t have the room to take along the whole box with me. And if I stick some in a bag, they always end up in crumbles. So awhile back, I invested in some small plastic containers with lids, and my crackers have been saved!
Keeping hydrated is important. A lot of times, my kids complain about being hungry when they are actually just thirsty. We are water drinkers, so we keep water bottles everywhere. (We also keep sippy cups on hand so that the kids can drink on their own.) If your kids like juice, there are lots of varieties that don’t need to be refrigerated and can be easily stored.
7. Fruits and Veggies.
With bananas, you have to be careful because they bruise easily, but they are easy to grab and go. We like to make up small veggie bags. If you are going to be away for very long, make sure to keep a small cooler in the car to store the veggies.
8. Granola Bars.
Who doesn’t love them? There are plenty of tasty store-bought varieties, but homemade bars are super easy to prepare
. And you can make them extra healthy, too. I love cinnamon and raisins, but you can add anything your family loves. Just wrap them up individually and pop into your bag.
9. Trail Mix.
You only need a small amount of trail mix to blast away those hunger pains. I don’t like to give this to my youngest child because the nuts are a choking hazard. But my older daughter loves it, especially when there is chocolate involved!
10. Tried-and-True Favorites.
It doesn’t get easier than taking along some Fiber One® 90 Calorie Brownies, Nature Valley® Granola Thins or Fruit by the Foot®. These snacks are not only easy to take with you, but they are tasty as well!
The biggest trick to preventing hunger on the run is to be prepared and to make sure the snacks are packaged well. Individual servings are key for us because each child can choose what they want and no one has to share. If you are in your car a lot, make a special snack box so that they are easy to find and not all over the car. Keeping snacks on hand will make your days a little easier!