As a working parent with young children, my family is on the go a lot of the time. However, being busy doesn’t stop your kids from wanting snacks. In fact, they’re normally “starving” when you’re in the middle of a car journey or in line at the bank. I have learned that always having some snacks in my bag really helps to keep my kids happy…even when they’re running errands with me.
My requirements for these snacks is simple. I want them to taste good so that my kids actually want to eat them. I want them to be healthy. And, as these are snacks for when we’re out and about, I want them to be fairly mess-free. Here are the snacks that have proven most successful for busy kids in my family.
Fruit smoothies are a big hit with my kids. You can buy fruit smoothies that are made with 100% fruit and no extra ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about salt, sugar, or preservatives. It’s just like giving them a bunch of fresh fruit, only it’s easier to carry around with you and satisfies their thirst as well.
My favourite brand is Innocent. Innocent smoothies for kids are made with 100% fruit and are the consistency of a juice (with no bits). Four flavours are available. They are delicious; it’s not uncommon for my husband and I to drink them as well as our girls. They come in packs of 4, and I buy them at Asda for about £2.50 a pack. You drink them with a straw, but my one-year-old drinks them without a problem.
Snacks in a Pouch
Another great choice for fruit smoothies is made by Plum. They make what they call meals in a pouch. Basically, it’s pureed to the consistency of a thick juice or soup, and is in a soft container with a screw top lid. You drink it straight from the pouch. This is really good for kids who can’t use a straw yet, or who are a bit too hungry for just a smoothie. My toddler absolutely adores the Plum Purees.
They make both sweet and savoury flavours. All are organic and made without any salt, sugar, preservatives, or sweeteners. They’re mostly 100% fruit and vegetable, although some have a few extra healthy ingredients like quinoa. These are delicious and super-nutritious. They cost about £1 each.
For when they want a finger food, crackers can be a great snack for busy toddlers. Although we’ve tried just about every brand available, my kids have a definite favourite. They love Heinz’s It’s All Good Cheese Crackers. Heinz sells these bags of mini crackers in packs of four for £1.71. These are high in calcium and are made without artificial ingredients. They make a great savoury snack for when you’re on the go. These are a favourite lunchbox item for my kids.
Heinz also makes biscotti for toddlers. They are available in several flavours. They look like grown-up biscotti, only smaller, and really are yummy. OK, these ones probably aren’t as good for your kids as the other items on the list, but they are perfect for when you want to give them a special treat (without just giving them sweets). They cost under £1.
Gone are the days when toddler snacks meant a pack of raisins. There are now more exciting dried fruit choices for toddlers. My kids love Ella’s Kitchen Organic Snacks The Chewy One: a mix of raisins, strawberries, and mangoes. You can also now buy raisin boxes mixed with other fruits.