Like most families, we’re very busy and always on the go. We’ve got work, church, music classes, birthday parties, hair cuts, play dates…the list goes on. Often times we’re moving from one activity to another, with barely enough time to feed the kids. I admit, I’m guilty of swinging through the drive-thru on more than one occasion because I didn’t plan well and pack some healthy snacks for our busy day.
Another busy time is right when we get home at the end of the day. After a full day of preschool, the first thing my kids ask for is a snack. It’s easy to throw something packaged and sugary at them, but it only takes a little more effort to give them something healthy, especially if you prepare it the night before.
Easy, Healthy Snacks
Thankfully, Indiana’s Family of Farmers saved the day by sending me some great tools for taking healthy snacks wherever we go. It’s surprisingly easy to snack healthy on the go, you just have to keep a few things in mind. First of all, you have to remember to keep fresh foods at a safe temperature. Those fruits and veggies aren’t so healthy if they haven’t been stored properly. This article lays out the guidelines for dealing with fresh produce in a safe way.
Here are some of my favorite ways to easily snack healthy, even on the go:
Dried Fruit. I’m not just talking raisins here. Dried cherries, blueberries, and mangoes are all delicious snacks. My youngest loves dried apricots, and my oldest likes yogurt covered raisins. These are easy to put in a plastic container and take in a tote bag or purse no matter where you’re headed.
Apple Slices. It’s simple I know, but so easy and healthy. My kids will devour apple slices, and beg me for more. Want to add some protein to this snack? When we’re at home, we like to spread peanut butter on our apples. On the go, that’s difficult, so I’ll put some string cheese and apple slices in an insulated bag with a cool pack. Add some whole wheat crackers and you’ve covered three food groups!
Squeezable Fruit Pouches. We’ve recently discovered these, and my boys (especially my youngest) love them! There are all kinds of different flavors available, and even some veggie and fruit blends, if you want to sneak in some vegetables. I love these because kids of all ages can enjoy them. They’re great for the car, too. I give one to each of my boys and they enjoy them the whole way home from school.
Wraps. Take a tortilla and set some lunch meat, cheese, and veggies on top. Roll it up and secure it with a toothpick, and you’ve got a yummy and healthy snack. Pack some in a plastic container, and throw them in an insulated bag with a cool pack. You’ve got a great snack or lunch no matter how busy your day gets. I like to add hummus to ours for some extra flavor and to help things stick together.
Juice Pops. When my boys have a good day at school, they want a “special treat” when we get home. We used to do cookies or candy, but in an effort to make better food choices, I’ve started offering them frozen juice pops. We make them at night and put them in the freezer. If they have a good day, the get to take one out of the freezer after school and enjoy it! They love being a part of making their own snack, and they are amazed at how their juice transforms into a frozen treat overnight!
With a little creative thinking and proper preparation and storage, you can provide your family with healthy snacks no matter how busy your schedule gets. By being intentional about what your kids eat, you can avoid those trips to the drive-thru that I used to take. What’s your favorite healthy snack option? Let me know in the comments.
This post was written as part of the Indiana’s Family of Farmers Table Talk series. I was provided with products to help our family properly store our snacks on the go. All opinions are 100% mine.