I am so guilty of scheduling too many things and leaving the house without enough snacks for the day - then we end up stopping for ice cream or french fries because my kid is hungry and my diaper bag is empty. I've been determined to find healthy snacks that won't get destroyed in the Alabama heat and make sure my bag is always stocked so we don't have to stop for junk food options. Below are my favorite snacks to have in my bag that a toddler is guaranteed to love!
Fruit is an obvious option when you mention "healthy snacking" but be careful which items you choose and how you package them to handle long periods of heat in the summer. Apples are better whole because when cut they will start browning, and avoid berries or banana because they are easily squished in your bag. My favorites are: whole apples, raisins, mandarin oranges, and cut up grapes
2. Veggie Crips
If you have a toddler that fights eating vegetables, sneaking them into a healthy snack is the perfect place to make sure they get their greens. We recently found Gerber's Organic Veggie Crips and Oliver LOVES the Farm Greens flavor (they also have an orange harvest flavor that I haven't found in our store yet). They are made with real organic vegetables, whole grains, way less sodium that other veggie straws/chips, and come in convenient individual packages for easy snacking on the go.
p.s. There is currently an Ibotta $1 coupon for these that you can find on their website or app.
3. Fresh Vegetables
Fresh vegetables are tricky to pack and keep good in a diaper bag. I definitely prefer the dried Gerber Veggie Crips I mentioned above or fruit. However, fresh carrots do well as long as your child is ok eating them without ranch (the mayo in ranch will spoil in the heat). I don't recommend celery or broccoli as I've always found it gets limp and gross if not eaten soon after refrigerating.
4. Nuts and Other Snacks
Some other favorites are: Cranberries, trail mix, low sugar fruit snacks (they do exists!), cheerios, baked gold fish, and fruit bars (keep them in a pocket so they don't get smashed)
For a 2 hour outing from the house, I try to pack 2 fruits, 2 vegetables, and 2 dried items. That may seem like a lot of food for a two hour period, but it ALL gets eaten. No such thing as too many snacks! The more healthy snacks you have on hand the less trips to McDonalds this summer.
Happy Summer Snacking!
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