Healthy Snacks On The Go – For Kids

I am not a big advocate of kids eating in the car, but there are times when healthy snacks on the go for the kids are necessary. If you feel like you practically live in your car, then you are not alone. Between running errands and school activities, I feel as though we spend a good portion of our time in the car. Eating in the car can not only be dangerous, but messy as well. Plus, a lot of the “on the go” snacks are really unhealthy. Here are some healthy snacks on the go for your kids while in the car going to and fro! These snack ideas will help keep your car clean and your children happy and healthy.

healthy snacks on the go

PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay

Healthy Snacks On The Go

1. Sliced Fruit and Vegetables

One healthy snack that most kids like are fruits and some vegetables. You can put together some small containers of their favorites can be one way of keeping them content. You can cut them into small pieces so they are not choking hazards, and add a little lemon juice on fruit to help prevent browning. You can also add some protein to this snack with cheese cubs or slices. These are good examples of protein that is good for traveling. These will help your child remain full and energetic for a while.

2. Dried Fruit and Nuts

Make your own trail mix for your children. If your children do not suffer from any nut allergies, this is a good way to add fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to their diet! You have a lot of opportunity to be creative with this snack by adding a variety of nuts, such as cashews, almonds, and pistachios are a nice change from peanuts. My kids not only enjoy the taste of pistachios, but also love cracking them open! Some tasty dried fruit ideas are, strawberries, cranberries, bananas, apricots, and apples. You can also buy a food dehydrator and make your own dried fruit at home. I have a friend who makes all kids of fun dried fruit at home, including yummy kiwi!

3. Jerky

Do your kids like jerky? Personally, I am not a huge fan of jerky, but my kids love it. My husband likes jerky, and so he introduced the kids to it. There is actually quite a wide variety of jerky that is free from many of the chemicals traditionally found in this product. Jerky is rich in protein and makes a nice snack for the car. However, you will want to make sure you have water bottles in the car since jerky is usually high in sodium.

4. Energy Bars

Energy bars can be a rather lack luster. Many do not taste so good and are not all that healthy. However, there are some that have been made specifically for kids. One of our favorites is the organic Clif Kids ZBar. Either way, I would look at the ingredients to make sure it is not packed with added sugars and fats. There are also some great recipes for making your own energy bar that would be kid-friendly.

5. Mini Sandwiches

Lastly, you may want to consider making a few small sandwiches ahead of time. When I have done this, I have made all the kids the same sandwich, generally peanut butter and jelly. If you have younger children, cutting them into shapes is always fun. These small snacks often work perfectly for both short and long car trips and they provide a well-rounded meal.

A little bit of planning and preparation can help make your trips in the car much more enjoyable.

About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

Share Your Thoughts


CommentLuv badge