If there is one thing I have learned about toddlers, it is that their bellies are like endless pits for food. It doesn’t matter if you just served them a four-course meal, they will inevitably be hungry again within the hour. As such, snacks are key, particularly if you’ll be out and about. You want to have things that are easy to pack with you in case of hunger emergencies, but you also want to be able to give them food that you can feel good about. Food is such a simple way of showing love to our children and so many of my favorite memories with my daughter are surrounded by food. There was her first birthday cake, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during a mother/daughter picnic, a simple fruit pouch shared while taking in animals at the zoo…even the simplest foods that we feed our children can be meaningful.
Here are a few of our simple favorites — easy on-the-go snacks for toddlers.
Easy On-The-Go Snacks For Toddlers 1 of 8
Here are a few super simple snack ideas that are convenient for on-the-go and will appease your picky toddlers!
Snack Bars 2 of 8
My daughter LOVES these Coconut Apricot Snack Bars and I love them because they're packed with great things and super easy to eat while you're out and about or when you need a snack for your little one rightthisverysecond. You do have to prep them, but once they're made, you'll have snacks all week!
See recipe at The Little Things We Do
Sunflower Seeds 3 of 8
Raw sunflower seeds are a great option as a toddler snack, because they have protein like nuts, but are a little easier for toddlers to eat. My daughter didn't have many teeth for the longest time, so nuts weren't a possibility (aside from nut butters), but sunflower seeds are a little smaller and softer, which makes them more palatable. Also a great snack option in situations where you are trying to be considerate of those with nut allergies.
Snack Pouches 4 of 8
Snack pouches are pretty much the best invention in the history of ever and these ones from Del Monte that we tried recently were a hit. The Blueberry Fruit + Veggie pouch was our favorite, although we were out of them when I went to take this photo! They're great for just throwing in your bag and the only snack I really feel safe about letting my daughter eat in the car, since it's a liquid and not a choking hazard.
See where to purchase these pouches at Del Monte
Dried Fruit 5 of 8
It doesn't get easier than dried fruit when it comes to toddler snacks. My daughter is a fan of multi-colored raisins, but would really eat any type of dried fruit. I try to limit these because of all the sugar that dried fruit tends to have, but you could also check out some freeze dried fruit options, as those tend to be lower in sugar.
Cheese 6 of 8
String cheese, or even just sliced up chunks of cheddar, are a great snack for on-the-go. Throw them in a little container and your little one will be able to have a little protein snack while you're out running errands!
Veggies 7 of 8
Even though raw veggies are still a little tough for my girl to chew, slicing them into super thin coin-sized pieces make them just right. I do the same with cucumbers and since she's not super keen on veggies in general, I throw them in a plastic container with a little bit of apple cider vinegar that gives them a "brine" and she loves it!
Sliced Fruit 8 of 8
You can never go wrong with sliced fruit! Apples are my personal go-to, because I have one of those cheater apple slicers that cuts out all the work. Throw them in a container and you're good for when toddler hunger strikes!
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More from Lauren: