5 Healthy Convenient Foods When Traveling with a Toddler
Good Morning Friends! How are you all doing? I hope you’ve had a great week. We were quite busy around here, we are definitely looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.
My son loves food, you can tell by the above picture how happy he is about his food! And probably like most children, when they are hungry but fastened securely into a car-seat looking at the cows go by for hours, having convenient food is a must! But the problem, as I mentioned last week, is its hard to find nutritious convenient foods sometimes. Now I believe that whole food sources is the best way to obtain essential nutrients, but I also know that life is busy sometimes so products that manufactures make can be helpful also. Today I want to share some of the foods we found to be convenient and healthy options for our family when we were traveling.
Toddlers typically can’t eat salads with green leafy vegetables (unless you can puree them into a smoothie), where they could get calcium, iron and Vitamin C. But a vegetable that contains those nutrients is broccoli. Every night we would go to a sit down restaurant for dinner and Little Buddy would get a side of steamed broccoli. Go Broccoli!
A good percentage (about 70%) of your immune system lives in your GI track. This one reason why food is so important to our health. Eating yogurt replenishes the good bacteria to ward off the bad bacteria, helping you fight off any invader! And when your traveling it might be the best thing to eat once a day. We would either buy greek yogurt at the grocery store and eat it then. Also, some of the hotels we stayed at, had a continental breakfast and we would often enjoy a serving of yogurt.
Little Buddy LOVES kiwi! They travel very well, we did kept them in a cooler. They are very inexpensive fruit and they have super powers. Well they might not have super powers but they do have a super anti-oxidant called Vitamin C! Alxeandria Hardy a Registered Dietitian says, ” One serving of kiwi gives the body 230% of the RDA for Vitamin C, which helps heal wounds, increases iron absorption, and boost the immune system.” She goes on in her article that other health benefits include: prevention of constipation, decrease the risk for heart disease and repairs DNA. To read her article in detail click here. Go Kiwi!
# 4. Granola Bars
Okay, I know that depending on your health preferences granola bars might not be the most healthy. But I have to say I love these granola bars. Each bar contains 70 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 9 grams of sugar. I feel comfortable giving him a little sweetness because these little granola bars have no artificial sweeteners. We would give Little buddy half a granola bar per sitting. They travel well of course and when you need a quick snack for a little one, they are a crowd pleaser. I can hear him say, uummmm for yum.
#5. Happy Tot Organic Super Food
Lastly who ever invented this awesome baby food pouch is amazing! I could just hug them for making this so nice for all of us moms out there! I was able to pick up quite a few of them on sale at Target before we left for our trip. Any time we are at the store now and we walk down the baby food aisle my son wants to dive out of the cart to reach them! So he apparently loves them. Mom approved and toddler approved!
And there you have it, our 5 healthy toddler foods that were convenient for us when we were traveling.
What are some of your favorite travel foods for children? I’d love to hear them! I know we will take another road trip again soon.
Resources for this post:
Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron
Super Kids Nutrition
Note: these are foods that we believe to be healthy choices for our son. Each toddler has their own dietary needs and requirements and I encourage you to talk with your pediatrician about recommendations for your child.