Life is just a bit crazy for us right now as my kids and I have been traveling from grandparent’s house to another. We are in the middle of relocating our family to another area and keeping healthy food on hand for my kids can be quite challenging! I am guilty of going through the drive-thru many times these last couple of months, but what can I say, eight months prego along with a 4-year-old and almost 2-year-old, the drive-thru helps keep my ride somewhat sane for me! My kids are pretty good and eat all the apples and protein source when they SHARE a kids meal but I also balance it out with some healthy car-ride snacks too.
Here are my kids favorites right now (I constantly have to keep changing the snacks because they get bored of the same thing).
Archer Farms Fruit Pull-Aparts
Way more fun than just the basic fruit strips! They don’t care for the fruit strips anymore so I have to change it up and go for these yummy treats! Great to stash in my bag for an emergency snack (especially at a restaurant when it takes forever for the food -ahhhh, keep my child quiet!).
I never knew my kids love nuts so much! Even my youngest (yes, as it can be a choking hazard and allergen) will eat these up, it is a great shelf-stable source or protein and minerals!
Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Bagels
As we were driving, my daughter was hungry and asked if she could open these, surprisingly, both kids ate them. They are super hearty but also very yummy AND not that expensive! Only 110 calories with 3 grams of fiber. Try toasting them with a little bit of cinnamon butter, heavenly!
Fruit & Vegetable Snack Packs
Apple with Grapes
I buy these for emergencies, aka, when I don’t pre-plan and pack them myself! Kids do love them and great alternative to junk food. I bought a 6 pack of the apple slices and grapes and they did not go to waste! Sometimes they can be a bit pricy but totally worth it when they are eating junk!
Archer Farms Freeze-Dried Fruit
Love ‘em, love ‘em, love ‘em! What can I say, these are wonderful! My kids devour a pack within a day some times. There was one shopping trip to Target where both kids were grabbing all the candy their little eyes could see in the check-out lane and I said “We have had enough not-so-good foods for us today, let’s try something else.” Please note this is also after we just
finished sharing Pizza Hut breadsticks and an Icee (yikes!) My hormones must have been raging because I literally got out of line and went all the way to the back of the store and picked up two bags of the strawberries and went back into line. Yes, I could have only spent a couple dollars on candy but I just had enough! Each bag is about $2.99, better than some places for freeze-dried fruit where it can be $5 or more for a small size.
I will share our next round of snacks the kids are interested in on our next trip! I try hard to load up on the fruit and veggie at every meal when we are traveling but again everything in moderation!