We are on the go a lot these days. School clubs, volleyball, soccer, Girl Scouts — last month included a total of 2 free days all month. Even with limiting the number of activities each girl can do, it is not uncommon to pick the girls up at school and head straight to the next event. We even have one day each week that has me running from 3 until 7pm!
I would have some seriously hungry girls on my hands, if not for a little planning. We keep a pantry shelf full of quick, healthy snacks the girls can grab between activities. I’ve also been known to keep a few shelf stable items in the car, just in case.
Here are our favorite go-to snacks for busy days:
- Granola Bars: I love that they are healthy and filling but don’t need to be refrigerated. I can toss them in a bag in the morning for snack whenever. The teen also keeps a box in her locker for her long, after-school days.
- Single-serving Fruit: While the girls will eat just about any fruit, I love to keep apples, bananas, and oranges on hand. They don’t need to be refrigerated, and it’s easy to just grab one and go.
- Yogurt: This one takes a little more planning (and refrigeration or a good ice pack), but it’s healthy, and the girls love it! Squeeze yogurts are simple to pack — no spoon required — but they have too much sugar and dye. I’m excited to make our own with my new ice pop molds and this fabulous homemade recipe.
- Popcorn: Microwave popcorn takes just minutes, and it’s super healthy. We buy the smart popcorn with little butter, and the girls fix a bag almost every day. If we prepare it in advance, they can take it with them anywhere they go. Our reusable baggies are perfect to divvy it up and carry it wherever we go.
- Party Mix: I’m not one to wait for a party for this fabulous mix. Pretzels, whole grain cereals, nuts — sounds healthy to me. We store it in an empty ice cream bucket (yeah, that’s a not-so-healthy snack for another time!), and the girls pack individual servings for sports, activities, and lunch.
- Applesauce: My girls love the squeeze sauces, but even regular applesauce cups can be a good travel snack. Just stick a straw through the foil lid and go!
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
I am participating in this series as a Table Talk blogger for Indiana Family of Farmers. They sent a bag of goodies last month for me to put together safe, on-the-go foods, but all opinions and photos are 100% mine.