Summer is here and what does that mean? Lots of trips. Mini-road trips can be rough with little ones. They tend to go a little stir crazy strapped in the car. Instead of turning to tablets, why not give them some snacks to distract them? We have a great guest blog by Haley Jackson, new mom, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and cute as can be.
Nutrition and fitness have always been huge for me since I was growing up. I strongly encourage all of my parents and patients to treat their bodies as temples. I like to use the metaphor of a car: If you don’t put the right type of gas in your car, it’s not going to run efficiently and may possibly break down, which is just like our bodies!
A few times a week, I am asked the loaded question of how to make their child eat or try new foods, increase their vegetables or fiber in their diet, increase their appetite, etc. Unfortunately, there isn’t a prescription I can prescribe to make this happen overnight. It’s all about consistent parenting & positive reinforcement!
This happens on-the-go as well! Children do best with consistency. If they know they are going to get Cheez-Its, Goldfish, M&Ms, Little Debbie Cakes, etc. snacks while running errands, they ask for that and expect that. If you start a consistent trend of always keeping healthy snacks with you on-the-go, they will learn to expect those snacks and learn the importance of healthy foods from an early age.
Healthy On-The-Go Kid Snacks
- Water NOT juice! Kids do not need juice, just like adults don’t need soda. All juice is sugar that increases the risk of tooth decay at an early age.
- Plum Teensy Fruits
- Sprout Crispy Chews
- Lara Bars
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- That’s It Fruit Bars
- Freeze Dried Fruit
- Trail Mix (try to avoid the ones loaded with M&Ms, chocolate chips, etc)
- Fruit leathers (Made with 100% fruit juice or puree)
- String Cheese
- Cuties or Apple Slices
- Raw Veggies – Carrots or Celery with Hummus or Peanut Butter
- Yogurt or Applesauce Squeeze Pouches
- Veggie chips, such as sweet potato or kale chips
- Veggie Straws or Snap Pea Crisps
- Homemade Energy Balls
If you enjoyed this post please feel free to follow along on my own personal blog at A Mom’s Daily Dosage!
Haley Jackson, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Author of A Mom’s Daily Dosage Blog
Road trips can also wreak havoc on sleep schedules. For some help catching some extra Zzzzz’s go to the shop, here.