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Quick and Healthy Snacks for On-the-Go Families

by Karen Ung
When you have kids, any time can be snack time, whether you have time to make something or not. With a little planning ahead, it is possible to have an arsenal of healthy and tasty grab-and-go snacks ready for your next adventures.QUICK SNACKS

The Ultimate Trail Mix
  • Veggies: Pack snack-size containers of assorted veggies and stack them in the fridge. Snap peas, baby carrots / carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, and bite size pieces of cauliflower and broccoli keep well.
  • Ants on a log: Kids enjoy making these snacks. Spread cream cheese or peanut butter on celery sticks and top with raisins or berries (dried cranberries and cream cheese are great together).
  • Pita slices, veggies, and hummus: Add pita and hummus to your veggies and you have a meal!
    • Hiking/backpacking tip: Bring instant hummus to mix on the trail.
  • Fruit: Whole fruits like mandarin oranges, bananas, and apples are easiest. Otherwise, pack snack-size containers of berries, grapes, or sliced fruit and stack them in the fridge.
    • Time saving tip: Wash all fruit as soon as you buy it, so it is ready to pack/slice.
  • Cheese and crackers: Cheese sticks are our friend when we don’t have time to slice cheese.
  • Hard boiled eggs: Boil half a dozen eggs so you have a quick, high protein snack ready. If you don’t eat them all, make egg salad or add them to potato salad.
  • Nacho/pita chips and salsa
  • Yogurt tubes: Freeze them so they keep cold. They can usually last a few hours out of the fridge if pre-frozen.
  • Trail mix: My ultimate trail mix recipe includes variations for adults and kids. Make a huge batch then pour portions into ziploc bags, so you can just grab a bag to go when you’re in a hurry.
  • NO BAKE Fruit and Nut Bars (like Lara Bars) – recipe here
  • Rice Balls: These are great alternative when you just can’t stomach another sandwich or are on a gluten free diet. They are so simple and tasty! Recipe here.
    Japanese Rice Ball (Onigiri)
  • Homemade Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free recipe here)
  • Banana/carrot/zucchini muffins – add chopped nuts for protein
  • Homemade granola
Time saving tip: Bake a double batch of your favorite recipe and freeze what you won’t eat right away. When you’re heading out somewhere, grab some treats from the freezer and they’ll be defrosted by lunchtime.
Homemade fruit & nut bars

What are your grab-and-go snacks of choice?

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