Blogging Baby Size Six: Healthy and portable snacks for kids

As parents aren't we always on the lookout for nutritious, on-the-go snacks for our kids? Snacks that don't take a lot of time and that give kids the energy they need to make it through until their next meal?

My kids are active and get a lot of "run around time" during the day, which is why I don't worry too much about the kind of snacks they eat as long as it's quick and easy. I always keep snacks on hand, in the car, in my diaper bag.  Here are some of our favorites:

  • Frito-Lay Mini Bites: I love that all the guess work of portion control has been done for me. My kids' favorite salty snacks (Baked Cheetos and Doritos) are now available in 100 calorie packs so I can control exactly how much they are snacking on.
  • Snickers bars: Of all the candy bars, these are the healthiest. (Granola bars aren't much better for you if you read the labels carefully.) Snickers are full of peanuts which means protein.
  • Gogurt: These yogurt tubes are great frozen, which makes them a fantastic substitute for less-healthy ice cream treats.  And, my kids love the neon blue and green colors.
  • Pork rinds: My girls love the light crispy texture. I like that they are low-carb and portable. I always keep a bag in the trunk for emergencies.
  • Sunny Delight: the best thing about this vitamin-packed orange juice is that it needs no refrigeration. (Brilliant!) You can stash single-serving bottles in your car or diaper bag. Perfect anytime.
  • Slim Jims: Driving back and forth to Oregon from California got my three-year-old hooked on these meat sticks. I like that they are a protein-packed, non-messy snack. They are "slim" and don't take up too much room in my bag.
What are some of your favorite portable snacks?

(P.S. -- Happy April Fool's Day!)
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.
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