We had a wonderful weekend camping in the Wisconsin Dells. Our days were filled with lots of sunshine, plenty of activity, and a ton of junk food – something we don’t normally do. Between the cookies, campfire s’mores, chips, and other “junk” snacks, we ate terribly over the course of three days. And by Sunday we noticed a big change in our toddler: our usually sweet boy was angry. He’d talk back to us, yelling, alternately ignoring us and screaming. This wasn’t at all like our toddler.
In the future, we’ll have to do a better job of planning out healthy snacks when we vacation. While camping takes a lot more prep-work than a hotel vacation, it is easier in some ways because you necessarily have the tools with you – a cooler, cooking implements, and so forth – to eat without relying on restaurant or junk snack food.
For next time, I have some healthy, toddler-approved camp and road trip snacks planned out:
- Dippable fruits and veggies with peanut butter. Cut up carrots, celery or even apples for an easy grab-and-go snack. Peanut butter is the perfect “dip” because it requires no refrigeration.
- Craisins, raisins, trail mix, granola. Favorites among backpackers because of their portability and their ease of storage, these toddler treats require no refrigeration and can readily satisfy a snack craving.
- CLIF Bars – It is no secret that I’m a huge fan of CLIF bars, and their organic CLIF Kid bars are a tasty and satisfying snack for little ones. With flavors like honey graham, chocolate chip and peanut butter, they taste like treats but contain no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives, and they are packed with protein whole grains.
- String cheese. Fun to eat, easy and portable, string cheese is a great to-go food.
- Cheerios. A favorite toddler standby. You can’t go wrong with a little baggie of Cheerios.
Readers – what are your favorite toddler-friendly snacks? What do you eat when you road trip?