When my kids and I go out and about, sometimes they become a bit unruly. Usually, a little snack will calm them down. Imagine my horror when one day I opened my purse to find absolutely zero treats for them to eat!
To never, EVER let this happen again, having my pantry stocked with quick, grab-n-go snacks has been a must! If your littles are anything like mine, usually something yummy to eat will keep them tame long enough for mama to finish those errands.
Take a look at the list below to get some simple snack ideas for the kiddos when you’re on the go!
I get a pack of 6 boxes of raisins from Aldi for 0.99 cents. My kids LOVE raisins, so I’m glad they’re a cheap snack option. Gotta love nature’s candy!
Granola or fruit bars
These are great, but definitely make sure you read the label. Some brands can have some weirdo ingredients.
My favorite brand to buy is Larabar. No strange ingredients, and so many flavors to choose from; chocolate chip cookie dough, blueberry muffin, apple pie. My favorite flavor is lemon. Ingredients: Dates, cashews, almonds, lemon juice concentrate, and lemon oil!
Individual bags of whole grain pretzels or crackers
I get a pack of 8, single serve packages of pretzels from Dollar Tree! Can’t beat the price and my kids adore these little, whole wheat twists.
Likewise, you can buy pre-packaged, individual servings of crackers. Or to save a little bit of money, purchase a big box and divide it up yourself into snack baggies. Either way, crackers are an easy snack to pack.
Squeezable fruit pouches
These are yummy. We get ours from good ol’ Aldi, but you can get a lot of different brands from a lot different stores. There are many flavors out there, too! Find some your kids enjoy and stock up!
Cheese packs about 6 grams of protein per stick, so as long as your kiddos aren’t vegan, cheese is a great option to bring along with you for when their hANGER strikes.
Fruit (of course!)
Bring fruit that doesn’t require any prep work; apples, bananas, oranges, berries, grapes. Just put the fruit in your purse or diaper bag, and pull ’em out when your kids start to act up.
My daughter is only 2, but she really enjoys eating apples whole for some reason. Probbably because she knows it’s messier and wants to make clean up more difficult. I swear she’s already out to get me.
I know MOST younger children find it easier to eat apple slices, so simply cut the apple before leaving the house and put it in a sandwich or snack bag. Easy!
Pack some vegetables that your child enjoys to eat. Most kids seem to like carrots and sugar snap peas since they’re pretty sweet. My daughter likes the pretty sour, like pickles and olives. Sometimes I cut up mini cucumbers and mini peppers, too, but those are hit or miss with my kiddos. Other ideas: cherry tomatoes, broccoli, celery.
Kids LOVE fruit snacks, and why wouldn’t they? Most fruit snacks are just glorified candy. Many brands have added sugar and corn syrup… ew.
Fruit leather is a much better alternative. Make sure to read the label, though because not all fruit leathers are created equally!
You can buy pre-packaged trail mix at the store, or make your own with nuts and raisins (and chocolate if your kids are lucky 😉). This is personally my favorite snack for myself because mama gets hangry, too!
Milk or juice boxes
I like to buy the individual, Horizon organic milk boxes for my kids from Kroger. They have flavors in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. These are usually $1 each, but they do go on sale (down to 0.90 cents) every now and then. I’m sure there are coupons floating around for Horizon products, too!
I don’t always buy juice boxes for my kiddos, but when I do, I make sure they’re 100% juice with no added sugar. The ones I purchase are actually from Dollar Tree. They usually have a 4 pack of Juicy Juice boxes for just $1!
What snacks do you pack for your kids when you go out? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time…