8 Easy Real Food Snacks For Travel

8 Quick And Easy Real Food Snacks For Travel

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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.


8 Easy Real Food Snacks For Travel

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.


3. Hummus

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.


8 Easy Real Food Snacks For Travel


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.


8 Easy Real Food Snacks for Travel


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?



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  1. That’s a good list. The homemade trail mix is always a favorite of mine as are cut up veggies. I like a combo of carrots, celery, and radishes for a kick.

    1. I love radishes, too! Do your kids eat them? Only one of mine does, but that just means more for me πŸ˜‰

  2. Peanut butter on wheat tortillas are a staple when we are out and about! I also will make a bowl or tupperware of cooked pasta, cut up tofu dogs and frozen veggies. The veggies thaw and keep the other foods cold, and I like to offer my kids a variety of foods.

    1. Love those ideas. What types of frozen veggies do you pack and how is the texture when they thaw? 2 of my kids can be a little funny with food texture sometimes.

  3. Great healthy snack options! My kiddies enjoy peanut butter on the rice cake or even when we peel the cheese stick and then melt the cheese on the rice cake! πŸ™‚

  4. Great ideas! When we hit the road, I love packing trail mix, homemade fruit leather, and popcorn. The kids love it when we bring beef jerky along too, but getting the non junk variety i that can be spendy!

  5. I so needed this! It is hard to come up with ideas for clean snacks for my kiddos! It is so much easier to buy processed foods, but I am trying to be prepared so that I can offer more foods like this! Thank you for sharing!

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