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One of my priorities as a mom is to make sure my kids eat nutritious, healthy food. Our family eats mostly real food. This means we do not buy many processed foods. No granola bars, packaged cookies, goldfish crackers, or fruit gummies. Having no convenience foods does make it a little tricky, but over time I have come up with a few real food snacks for travel that are quick and easy.
Before I get to the list, I want to mention that I strongly suggest having a cooler. Not only does it keep food fresh, it is also a good idea to keep it corralled together. It’s much better than throwing it in the diaper bag where it can get mixed up with all of your other things (or worse – spill all over your stuff!). I use one like this
And now without further adieu, I give you
8 Quick And Easy Real Food Snacks For Travel
1. Fresh Fruit
We always have fresh fruit handy at home. It is easiest to grab whole fruit like apples, peaches, oranges or bananas. This time of year, we have a lot of cut up fruit like watermelon and pineapple. Not quite as easy but if it is already cut up and in the fridge, just pour a bunch of it in a container and put it in your cooler.
2. Cut Up Veggies
My kids LOVE carrots. I cut up whole carrots into carrot sticks and throw them in my cooler. You could make this even easier by using baby carrots. You can use any veggies you have on hand. Some other ideas are celery, cucumbers, broccoli, and peppers.
My kids love to dip their veggies in hummus. An added bonus is that the fat and protein in the hummus keeps the kids full longer. I also love that I can just throw the whole hummus container in the cooler.
4. Rice Cakes
I’m not talking about the caramel apple, cheddar cheese or otherwise flavored variety of rice cakes. Those are full of artificial flavors and other funky ingredients. I buy plain rice cakes with two ingredients; brown rice and salt.
5. Peanut Butter
Just plain old rice cakes would be totally boring without peanut butter. I just spread a little on the rice cakes and the kids love it. You can also use it with your fruit or veggies as a dip.
6. Cheese Sticks
These are about as close to a convenience food as I get. They are extremely quick and easy to just grab and go.
7. Hard Boiled Eggs
We eat a lot of eggs. At the beginning of the week, I will usually boil a bunch of eggs at once so we can grab them as needed.
8. Homemade Trail Mix
This is another staple at my house. I make it in large batches and it is super easy! Just mix whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruit you have together in equal amounts and store it in your pantry. I usually just grab the whole container to put in my cooler.
These snacks are things that I always have on hand. This makes it easy for me to grab and pack them in my cooler before we head out the door. What other quick and easy real food snacks do you keep handy?