Cara Wright, mom, nutritionist and vegetarian, is also a medical student. Her life is certainly busy! This week she talks about some of her favorite on-the-go snacks for her one-year old.
Children love to snack. It’s a fact. Every day, I get at least one email about healthy snack options and they all seem to have the same suggestions. Well, I’d be lying if I said that every time Evelyn wants a snack I dice up some organic mango or whip up some ants on a log. The truth is I am incredibly busy and often need to grab a pre-packaged snack to throw into my bag (gasp, I know). I thought it would be helpful to list some of the go-to snacks I have in the cupboard. These are the products that a helicopter momma like myself feels comfortable giving to my vegetarian daughter when we are on the run.
- Fresh fruit and veggies (I had to list them…)
- Revolution Foods Organic Fruit Mashups (Evelyn can now slurp the fruit puree right out of the package. When she was younger I squeezed a bit into a bowl and fed her. Throw a few in the refrigerator and they are super refreshing on a hot day).
- HappyTot Organic Superfoods (These come in a variety of fruit and veggie mixes with added “super grains”).
- HappyMunchies Baked Organic Cheese and Veggie Snack (Evelyn loves these wanna-be Cheetos. I have a feeling she eats a few too many of these while with the babysitter. The sodium content is my only concern but they still contain 60% less than other toddler cheese snacks).
- Baby Mum-Mums (Evelyn is getting a little old for these but she loved them from about 6-10 months. They come in different flavors and organic options).
- Plum Organics Baby Food (Like the Mashups, these are simple fruit purees that Evelyn can slurp out of the package or I can add to yogurt. I sneak her vitamins in them in the morning and keep several pouches of Just Prunes on hand to keep Evelyn regular).
- HappyMelts Organic Yogurt Melts (I have a love-hate relationship with these because they are messy and very sweet but they sure do the trick when Evelyn is throwing a tantrum in the car seat. Also, they do contain calcium and pro-biotoics).
These are a few of the products in my arsenal when the days are long and that melon isn’t going to dice itself. I console myself with the fact that these products are organic and where necessary, pesticide free. And most importantly….Evelyn loves them. What are your packaged snack options?? I know you aren’t up all night spreading peanut butter on celery sticks!