Tips for creating the ultimate back-to-school car kit filled with healthy snacks for kids on-the-go.
You know I love snacks. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: snacks are life. Now that school is back in session and your car is likely turning into a carpool shack, snacks are even more vital to your sanity. Am I right?
Fret not: I’ve got the ultimate life hack for parents – the ultimate healthy snack car kit for kids! Don’t worry, you can create your own adult snack kit for the front seat but for now we’re focused on the little ones. You know, those hungry little creatures who always seem to want a snack. Or is that just my kids?
Feel free to mix and match with your favorite items but here is a list of the healthy, portable snacks my boys are loving these days:
- Whole Grain Pretzels: Get any kind you like but we are loving the whole grain variety for the added texture and nutrients.
- Water Bottles: My boys are always thirsty, especially after a busy day of running around at school. While I’m a huge fan of our favorite refillable water bottles, I like to keep a few additional water bottles on hand in the car kit for when we run out.
- Nut Butter Pouches: These are a great source of protein on-the-go – ideal for spreading over apples or just eating straight out of the pouch.
4. RXBAR Kids: If you love the adult bars as much as I do, you’ll be thrilled to know that our friends at RXBAR have recently released a kids line with fun flavors including chocolate chip, apple cinnamon raisin and berry blast. RXBAR Kids is a whole food snack bar that is gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and contains no fillers or preservatives. Boom.
Jacob was more than happy to be my taste tester. My favorite part? The bars are easy to throw in your bag as they create zero mess: no crumbs and no sticky fingers. Winning!
5. Nuts: You can’t go wrong with nuts so I always like to keep a stash of cashews, almonds or peanuts on hand.
6. Raisins: Whether you buy the little pre-portioned boxes or scoop them out into small snack baggies, these are great when your little ones are craving something sweet.
7. Dried Fruit: My oldest loves dried apricots but figs, cherries and blueberries are great options as well. Freeze-dried fruit is another great snack that is also shelf-stable and great for stashing in your car kit.
8. Popcorn: Last but not least, popcorn is the perfect salty, crunchy snack that is easy for little fingers to grab and naturally whole grain. The perfect healthy snack for kids (and adults alike!)
What would you put in your back-to-school healthy snack car kit? I’d love to hear your ideas. You know I never have enough snacks on hand!
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