“I’m hungry” is a phrase you’ve probably heard a lot if you’re a parent. Since younger kids need to snack at least twice a day and older kids usually snack once or twice a day, having some snack options on hand is a good idea anytime you’ll be away from home with the little ones.
These healthy snack ideas will give your kids energy and keep them satisfied until their next meal. Whether you're heading out on a road trip, errands, the park or playdate, these foods are easy to grab and go, travel well and taste great.
Healthy Snacks for Kids on the Go
- Sneakz Milkshakes: Sneakz’ chocolate, vanilla and strawberry milks come in Tetra Pak cartons, which don’t need to be refrigerated until after they are opened, making them convenient for taking on-the-go. Kids rave about the taste of this delicious snack, but it also helps deliver the key nutrients and energy they need for study and play. Each 8 ounce box contains a nutrient-rich mix of five vegetables — carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach and beets — along with more fiber and less sugar than other leading flavored milks in the marketplace and many smoothie and juice drinks.
- Fruit: Bananas and oranges are particularly great for on the go, because they have their own protective peel. They’re easy to transport, require little preparation and don't have to be refrigerated.
- Veggies: Cut up veggies are another tried and true portable snack. Many vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and peppers will all travel well in a sealed, reusable container. To make veggies more appealing to picky eaters, bring along a dip or try the popular peanut butter and celery combination.
- Hard Boiled Egg: Hardboiled eggs come conveniently packaged in their own shell and last up to a week in the fridge. When taking them on the go, you may want to peel them in advance and place in a sealed container or lunchbox, along with a small ice pack.
- Homemade Crackers & Chips: A snack list wouldn’t be complete without some cracker and chip options. By making your own, you can avoid all those unwanted ingredients like refined oils and excessive salt. Enjoy them plain or with your favorite real food toppings like cheese, nut butter, guacamole and hummus. Find some healthy cracker and chip recipes and more snack ideas, here.
- Crispy Roasted Chick Peas: These addictive snacks are easy to grab and go and are appealing to kids. They are a good source of protein and fiber, and you can experiment with some fun flavors.
- Peanut Butter & Pretzel Trail Bars: This cross between an oat cookie and a traditional granola bar is perfect for a quick on-the go breakfast or packing for a picnic, hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. The bars have no refined sugar, and they are filled with easy-to-find whole food ingredients that provide the fuel kids need.
- Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisps: You won’t have to worry about cut apple slices turning brown when you make these delicious crisps. Just store them in an airtight container or bag, and you’re good to go.
- Fruit Leather: Why give your kids fake fruit leather with loads of sugar and artificial colors? Whipping these up takes little time, and the oven does the rest.
- Homemade Popcorn: Cooking organic popcorn on the stove, using relatively healthy oil, makes the tastiest popcorn. It also shows your kids it’s possible to create delicious, healthy alternatives to processed snacks right in their own kitchen. You might also want to try a twist on traditional popcorn like this Pizza Popcorn.