healthy travel snacks for kids

9 Healthy Snacks for Traveling with Kids (by Plane)

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If  you have children then you fall into one of two categories… the people that travel with kids and the folks that don’t. Especially when your children are under five, traveling with them can get well… complicated. It’s no wonder that some parents forgo travel all together.

healthy travel snacks for kids

Especially with the changes that have taken place in the travel industry in recent years, one has to do a lot of planning to make sure that kids are well adjusted and accommodated during flights. Not only that, airplane food is not necessarily healthy and it can get expensive. One such way to make sure that your kids have healthy, kid friendly snacks at their disposal is to pack your own snacks. Here are nine healthy and kid-friendly snacks for your next airplane ride.

  • Dry Cereal

Cheerios and Kix are great options for kid-friendly snacking. Cheerios comes in an assortment of flavors and are easy for small hands to grab.

  • Energy Bites

Energy bites are customizable, fun and easy to make. You probably have the ingredients to make some right now. Energy bites are great for kids and adults alike. Kids will like the fact that they are shaped like little balls which make them fun to eat. Adults will like the wholesome ingredients like oatmeal, peanut butter and even flax seeds.

  • Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Sandwiches

These sandwiches are staples and they are still as good as you had as a kid. Are you looking for a new spin on your sandwiches? Try this grilled and buttered almond butter and apple butter banana sandwiches.

  • Cheese sticks

String cheese makes an easy and nutritious snack on the go, especially for air travel. Just pop the individually wrapped cheese sticks in the freezer from the night before for especially long trips. The cheese will thaw during flight and will be chilled and ready to eat in just a few hours.

  • Crackers

Crackers are easy to pack, store and require no refrigeration. There are cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers and many other flavors and shapes for even the most finicky palates.

  • Homemade muffins

A good muffin recipe is worth more than it’s weight in gold. Grain, fruit and nuts are all packed into a convenient baked good that is sure to please. They make great travel snacks because they can easily be thrown into a plastic baggie for food on the run.
These peanut butter banana muffins are packed with protein and have some of my favorite things: peanut butter and bananas.

  • Dried fruit

Dates, raisins, prunes and banana chips makes great snacks for kids during flight. Watch out for hidden added sugars in these snacks though and pay attention to portion sizes as well. Dried fruits are not only great because they are nutritious, they help to cut down on the mess of eating whole fruits during flight.

  • Pretzels

Crunchy pretzels are easy to pack, easy to eat and great for travel. Kids love the fun shapes too!

  • Fresh Fruit

Nothing beats fresh fruit. Segmented oranges and whole fruits like apples, bananas and grapes are great for kids to snack “on the go”. Fruits like melons, pineapples and kiwis however can get a bit messy, so choose your fruits wisely.

*Don’t forget to pack some wet naps or baby wipes and a travel sized stain stick for messes that are bound to occur no matter how careful you are.*

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  • Comments ( 2 )

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    Julie @ Loggers Wife

    We don’t fly anywhere but we regularly spend 3hrs one way in the car on the weekends in the summer. Then we are somewhere all day and have to bring out own food. We’ve been doing this for years and I’m getting kind of bored with the same food choices. These are some great ideas to shake things up a bit. I really want to try energy bites.

    (visiting from Titus 2 Tuesday)

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      I agree. Those bites are a must try for sure!

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