Munchkin Meals: Food On The Go

Another month has passed and Munchkin Meals from A Healthy Slice of Life are back! Nothing remarkable has really changed with T’s meals and/or eats so I thought I would switch it up with some things he has been enjoying on the go.

Snacks are always a little hard for me — nothing *too* messy since it will end up all over him/me/the stroller/the car, needs to be something I can grab fairly quickly while trying to get us out of the house, I don’t like to default to bunnies, O’s or the like and variety is important to me since he is more of a snacker/grazer than a three meal a day kind of kid.

So what have we been taking with us these days?

Fresh Fruit 

I know, this is easy and obvious, but… it is easy and obvious! (And nutritious). Berries are still in season here on the coast but will probably be slowing down right about now. Super fast to throw raspberries, blackberries or strawberries into a snack cup & go.

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Grapes are another awesome farmer’s market find these days and again, just throw into the cup & head out.

Apples, plums, and asian pears are abundant right now from one of our local favorites, Inzana Ranch. I chop the plums and pears but these little Fuji apples are such a perfect toddler snack with minimal preperation. I just peel the skin and he eats them whole.

20131105-183905.jpg It is a great car/stroller activity too and I have recently read across the internet that apples have enzymes or acids in them that are supposedly supposed to help with teething pain which is another major plus since T is currently cutting all four incisors at once (:

taking an apple out with him on Halloween!

taking an apple out with him on Halloween!

As I mentioned last month I have a love affair with bananas despite their long distance travels and nothing has changed this month. They are just so darn easy!

loves his bananas

loves his bananas

perfect for stroller rides

perfect for stroller rides

Dried Fruit

T is LOVING on raisins lately — lucky for us in addition to great fresh fruit Izana Ranch also stocks various types of yummy raisins!

this week we decided to try the "crimson"

this week we decided to try the “crimson”

These dried blueberries from Trader Joe’s are also great, nothing added — just freeze dried blueberries.

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Baked Sweet Potato Rounds

I make up a big batch of these at once and they are perfect for on the go. Cutting them in rounds makes them less squish-able then chunks and therefore less messy for us. T loves them.

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Gluten Free Grahams 

We are lucky enough to live very close to a Whole Foods & T has really been happy about these gluten free cinnamon graham crackers lately. Again, trying not to make a habit of it, but they are super easy to just throw into a snack cup and be done with it.

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Chickpeas

I forgot to snap a picture but recently I have discovered what a great snack whole garbanzo beans are! I buy the Eden Organics because their cans are BPA Free or else I make our own using dried beans. Beware, they will get stinky QUICKLY if left in a car, diaper bag, etc. but they are a nice switch up from fruit and crackers and a great source of fiber plus some protein. They are the perfect size for little toddler fingers, too.

What foods do you take for your toddlers or children when you leave the house? Do you have any go to or easy snack options? T & I both thank you in advance for any ideas (:

 

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Munchkin Meals: Food On The Go

  1. Anastasia

    I am definitely going to try the sweet potato rounds for my daughter—that’s such a great idea! I never thought about giving her dried fruit. I’ll have to try that out too.

    1. Cassandra Okamoto Post author

      I love the sweet potatoes Anastasia! They are so yummy & delicious & not messy.

    1. Cassandra Okamoto Post author

      Yes! I just bake on non stick mat or parchment paper, let cool & then store in the glass jar in the fridge. He eats them cold or room temperature, they last for a long time 5-7 days! I swear he was *never* into apples & then one day it was all he wanted & now asks for one almost everyday, I really think it does have something to do with the teeth :)

  2. Ness Lumas

    We have been getting the most delicious local apples in our farm box the last few weeks. Emil loves them. I have to admit we do so puffs and those squeeze bags of food. I bought some reusable ones you can fill yourself but they did not work well at all.

    1. Cassandra Okamoto Post author

      Thresh isn’t really into the squeezers – he just plays with them & doesn’t eat them. He is obsessed with puffs and I have never even bought them, he always steals them from other kids at class haha!

  3. Christele Daccache

    Great idea on the sweet potato rounds and the chickpeas! my kid loves them both but never thought of packing them for her as snacks. She has also recently discovered raisins and she’s crazy about them :) !

  4. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    I love sweet potato rounds! I roast mine in coconut oil with apple chunks and cinnamon. So good! I always have homemade granola bites or bars on hand to grab as we head out the door. My son is obsessed with granola bars!

  5. Casey

    I LOVE the pic of him in his Halloween costume and an apple! So cute how at this age they almost prefer fruit over candy! I recently found really thin, square rice cakes at the regular grocery store and they are awesome snacks on the go! My son calls them crackers and their only ingredient is br rice. I make them into sandwiches with peanut butter, hummus or avocado and they make a great snack for me and for him!

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