There are lots of great ways to keep your toddler healthy and happy, and his belly full when you’re on the go. Savvy snacking doesn’t have to be complicated. Just pack a few of these essentials.
Dried fruit – Raisins, dried mangos, banana chips, prunes, dried apricots and dried cherries all make great snack choices.
Kale chips – What a great way to get your toddler to eat greens! Easy to make at home, these are a fabulous alternative to processed foods.
Granola bars – There are plenty of great recipes out there for homemade varieties, or buy something like KIND for your toddler’s nutritional needs.
Roasted chickpeas – My boys used to love these, and I couldn’t help but sneak a few from their baggie, too. Again, these are also easy to make at home, adding the seasonings your little one likes.
Sweet potato chips – Another great idea for a snacking powerhouse and super simple to make.
Homemade fruit leathers – Yummy, fun and highly portable (just stock a few wipes for sticky hands).
Homemade beef jerky – You control what goes in, so you know your little one is getting maximum nutrition and a ton of protein.
Cold grilled cheese – Why not?
Cereals – Look for a whole-grain variety that’s easy for your toddler to pick up.
Applesauce or fruit sauces – Homemade or from the store without added sugars.
Fruit – Sturdy fruits like bananas, apples and pears are easy to toss into the diaper bag.
String cheese – A great snack and a good way to get more dairy into your child’s diet.