When you have kids, any time can be snack time, whether you have time to make something or not. With a little planning ahead, it is possible to have an arsenal of healthy and tasty grab-and-go snacks ready for your next adventures.
|The Ultimate Trail Mix|
- Veggies: Pack snack-size containers of assorted veggies and stack them in the fridge. Snap peas, baby carrots / carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, and bite size pieces of cauliflower and broccoli keep well.
- Ants on a log: Kids enjoy making these snacks. Spread cream cheese or peanut butter on celery sticks and top with raisins or berries (dried cranberries and cream cheese are great together).
- Pita slices, veggies, and hummus: Add pita and hummus to your veggies and you have a meal!
- Hiking/backpacking tip: Bring instant hummus to mix on the trail.
- Fruit: Whole fruits like mandarin oranges, bananas, and apples are easiest. Otherwise, pack snack-size containers of berries, grapes, or sliced fruit and stack them in the fridge.
- Time saving tip: Wash all fruit as soon as you buy it, so it is ready to pack/slice.
- Cheese and crackers: Cheese sticks are our friend when we don’t have time to slice cheese.
- Hard boiled eggs: Boil half a dozen eggs so you have a quick, high protein snack ready. If you don’t eat them all, make egg salad or add them to potato salad.
- Nacho/pita chips and salsa
- Yogurt tubes: Freeze them so they keep cold. They can usually last a few hours out of the fridge if pre-frozen.
- Trail mix: My ultimate trail mix recipe includes variations for adults and kids. Make a huge batch then pour portions into ziploc bags, so you can just grab a bag to go when you’re in a hurry.
- NO BAKE Fruit and Nut Bars (like Lara Bars) – recipe here
- Rice Balls: These are great alternative when you just can’t stomach another sandwich or are on a gluten free diet. They are so simple and tasty! Recipe here.
Japanese Rice Ball (Onigiri)
- Homemade Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free recipe here)
- Banana/carrot/zucchini muffins – add chopped nuts for protein
- Homemade granola