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ISO Ideas for Portable Kid-Friendly Snacks!

post #1 of 6
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Hi mamas!  I'd like to reduce our reliance on pre-packaged snack foods, both for our health and the health of the planet.  We do pack along fruits and veggies.  However, my two oldest (boys, 7 and 5) seem to consume over half the day's calories between 2 and 4 o'clock p.m.  :)  How can I get more protein and whole grains into them during that time when we're on the go?  (Three days a week we are in transition from school to other activities.)

 

Bonus points for dairy and nut-free recipes (allergy), as well as for those attentive to minimal mess (youngest is a toddler).

 

I'm interested both in recipes and in any advice that might help me incorporate some new steps into my weekly routine (preparing, packaging, freezing, etc.).

 

One more thing: I did just get some reusable food pouches that the toddler loves.  I'd love more ideas for what to put in them other than applesauce and yogurt.

post #2 of 6
Hard boiled eggs
post #3 of 6

popcorn (we love popping it together, and you can add all sorts of herbs and things to make different flavors

granola bars (you can make these homemade)

carrots + hummus dip 

Crackers + honey and jam (you can make these ahead of time) 

 

The key to not having too much mess for us, anyway, is to have killer storage. We have little stainless steel containers for sauces/dips, and we have carry cloth bags that can be tied to fit any size, for our popcorns and things like that...

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

mommarific- good ideas!  (hard boiled eggs, too!)

 

I was just realizing last night that good quality containers are a big part of what's missing.  What kind do you have?  

 

A friend just shared this recipe- she calls them "yummy balls" and keeps them in the freezer.  I think these would be great, but want to prepackage them so they are ready to hit the road when I am.

 

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/ 

post #5 of 6

Dried fish.  Some kids love it, some hate it, but it's easy to pack, not messy, and highly nutritious.

post #6 of 6

I have found cheese quesadillas to be a great snack. I have a panini maker and I'll put spinach and stuff in with the cheese, cook them, and then cut them into triangles for eating on the go.

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