The Best Snacks for Busy Toddlers on the Go
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If you have children, you know the importance of snacks while you’re out and about.
I experience some serious regret when I leave the house in a rush and forget the snacks. There is nothing to bribe, distract, or satisfy a grouchy/hangry/bored toddler! You’re either left with a tantrum in the grocery store, or you are forced to buy something that isn’t on the list.
So just for fun, here is a list of my favorite snacks to throw in the diaper bag. Some of these are great when you’re in a hurry (aka pre packaged/individually wrapped) and some require a little preparation.
You can make your own or use store bought! I usually make my own out of things we have on hand. When we have a little extra in our budget, I like to pick up the pre made trail mixes from Aldi. They are pretty tasty and a large bag is only about 5$.
A lot of the time my self made toddler trail mix is made from the little bags of dried fruit at Aldi!
I will add cheerios, pretzels, dried fruit, craisins, and maybe a couple of marshmallows if I’m feeling generous.
Can’t go wrong with the classics! We usually have plain ones hanging around but did you know how many varieties there are?!?! I think my favorites are the peanut butter ones and the chocolate ones. They are so expensive though, so we usually stick with plain or honey nut.
Craisins, Raisins, Golden Raisins
I know there are still sugar in these but I don’t feel terribly guilty about letting him have them.
Freeze Dried Fruit
We don’t have freeze dried fruit as snacks very often, unfortunately. I think they are too pricey at Aldi and we are rarely near a Trader Joes which is where I like to get mine from. Our favorites are mango, strawberry and raspberries.
Pretzels or Pretzel Sticks
These are easy to eat on the go and tasty too! If you’re feeling brave you can pack a small container or peanut butter or nutella or even spreadable cheese to dip them in. That would work best if you’re packing this snack to eat at a friends house. Not in the car or the store!
This is more for the older kids but it’s a pretty easy snack to make ahead and eat on the go. I personally wouldn’t want to offer it in the car but for the grocery store or a play date it would be a fun alternative to regular snacks!
I give these sparingly because they are like toddler crack, and often induce tantrums when they disappear. Luckily we found some great ones by YumEarth that are organic, allergen, gluten and gmo free, and only have 12 grams of sugar per 3 packs. This compares to Welches’ 18 grams per 20 pieces. The YumEarth fruit snacks are a great alternative that taste great and smell amazing!
Fruit That Travels Well
It’s nice to have some fresh fruit as an option for snacking on the go! Apples travel pretty well, whether you keep it whole or slice it. Grapes, a whole banana, blueberries, an orange, you name it. This is especially convenient if you have a little lunch box or insulated snack box to take it from point a to point b.
My son doesn’t eat these much anymore because he is old enough to be able to eat just about anything else and I don’t feel like paying the price for something that’s more for babies. Despite my hesitance, they are a great snack to keep in the diaper bag! Just remember to check the expiration date so it doesn’t become a choking hazard.
This is sort of two snacks in one, but we love these! They are more for big kids because they are bigger and flavored. I think some places sell it under the name ‘pirate’s booty’.
Leopold went through a phase where all he wanted were ‘bubba cackas’ aka peanut butter crackers. We had to have them at all times because they could cure almost any ailment! You could buy a variety pack to keep it fresh, too. These are great to keep in the diaper bag just in case you DO leave the house without your regular snacks.
I love anything that’s pre packaged. I also love cheese. So does Leopold, so that’s a double win!
In Case of Emergency: Suckers
I’m not an advocate for anything super sugary and sticky (seriously being sticky is THE WORST). But sometimes you need something extra special in an emergency situation. Cue the sucker. In our sweet (pun intended) package from YumEarth, we got a bag of suckers. Today Leopold had one and it smelled so good, I had one too! I am a chocolate girl through and through, and I rarely eat hard candy. I must say, though, that sucker was SO GOOD. They make them in the same way as the gummies (organic, gluten/gmo/allergen free) and full of flavor! I’m going to stash one or two away in the bottom of Leopold’s backpack in case of a mega tantrum or an unexpected long wait. I also plan to pack these in our carry on next month when we go on Leopold’s first plane ride across the country.
What are your favorite snacks to take on the go? Did I miss something!
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