Best Travel Snacks for Babies & Toddlers
The answer to eating healthy while traveling is quite simple. Plan and prepare delicious and healthy travel snacks to enjoy while en route or at your destination! Healthy eating while traveling can be a challenge. Now add a baby or two and it becomes almost impossible. It doesn’t have to be, though! I believe with a little planning and prepping before hand you can be well prepared while on the road, airplane, and doing all the things!
Here is a list of eight travel snacks to have on hand while on-the-go that you can share with your little one (or not!) that are nutritionist approved. I am all about keeping it real in life and it is no different with my food! With that said, whole foods are always my go to—especially for the kiddos. They will help little bellies stay full longer, give them energy, and give their bodies the nutrients they needs to THRIVE!
1. String Cheese
String cheese is always a good travel snack to have on hand, unless you cannot tolerate dairy. If that is the case, move to the third option. One serving provides 10-20% of the daily recommended calcium! Want a pig-in-the-blanket snack? Wrap a turkey or ham slice around half or the whole stick of string cheese. For a good clean brand that I approve of, click here. Pro tip: always aim for organic cheese and nitrate-free ham/turkey
Container yogurts are a bit messy for travel, but when packaged in baby pouches, this probiotic rich food is great for when you are on-the-go! Babies and toddlers can easily manage this delicious travel snack on their own which gives parents a few peaceful moments! Yogurt can supply a mix of healthy fat, fiber, and protein which will help you get full and stay full longer! I always recommend an organic brand—this is one I like!
Full of fiber, antioxidants, nutrients, and water, apples are a great snack to enjoy alone or pair with any of the above snacks! Apples also contain prebiotics which provide healthy gut bacteria and decreases the population of harmful bacteria. This is why keeping it real and full of whole foods is so important!
4. Other fruit
Knowing that I aim to eat as many fruits and vegetables in a day as possible, this one shouldn’t surprise you! Besides apples listed above, grapes, bananas, oranges, pre-cut watermelon, mango, etc. are great options. The list is endless, so don’t forget to grab your favorite fruits and pack them in your bag for a quick and easy travel snack! There are also many 100% fruit squeeze pouches for easy packing. Full of fiber, nutrients, water, and prebiotics, you can’t go wrong!
I usually don’t suggest protein bars, however, sometimes you just can’t help it, especially when you are traveling. If you are low on time and need to grab an easy travel snack for the road, RXBars are a perfect option. Not only are these bars yummy, they are full of fiber, protein, whole and clean ingredients! The fiber and protein help you stay full longer, and the healthy fat comes from nuts! You can find them in most local grocery stores or on Amazon!
Since nuts have a high fat content, they are a good source of energy. This tasty snack can be easily packed in a baggie and carried in your bag for easy access. Nuts are a great substitute for any processed, bread, dessert or sugary snack. Pair this with a piece of fruit, and you have a snack full of fiber, healthy fat, protein, prebiotics and nutrients. For traveling, I like walnuts, pistachios, almonds and cashews.
7. Peanut butter sandwich
Did you know that combining peanut butter and bread makes a complete protein? Yep, you get all 9 essential amino acids which helps to keep you fuller longer and the healthy fat in the peanut butter slows down digestion! It’s a win win! Sandwiches also easy travel snacks to prepare ahead of time and simple enough to eat on-the-go. Peanut butter and berries sandwich is one of my favorites, or you can add a sliced banana in the middle for some sweetness as well. The bread I recommend to my clients is Dave’s Killer Bread. If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out!
While not exactly considered a snack, another item that is a MUST while traveling is water. Having a hydroflask or reusable water bottle handy is essential to stay hydrated which will help eliminate toxins you may pick up while traveling. Hydrating also keeps your cravings at bay and will give you the energy you need to stay on top of your little ones and be able to enjoy your time as well
With a little planning and preparing you are able to include travel snacks that will give you energy and help you feel satisfied while on-the-go. If you love these tips follow me on Instagram and sign up for my newsletter to receive weekly recipes, tips and nutritional facts.
*Alexxis is passionate about helping families thrive by eating whole foods and balancing their busy schedules. Interested in learning more about her services? Check them out on her website!
In the midst of motherhood, Alexxis found passion in the nutrition aspect of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and postpartum health. She set out a goal to help new mothers take care of themselves during pregnancy and postpartum.
Alexxis has been in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years with previous experience in nutrition counseling for weight management, eating disorders, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and more.
Alexxis’ career direction was influenced by her past struggles with food, weight and body image. She understands the pain of having a poor relationship with food. Having overcome her health struggles, Alexxis is passionate about helping others do the same.