This is going to be a quick post, because I’m exhausted. My son and I flew out of Los Angeles yesterday so we could attend a wedding this weekend, and flying with a toddler on your own is no easy feat.
Having a stash of healthy snacks really does help the process, though!
In lieu of my usual “What I Ate” post this week, I thought I’d share a quick peek at what I brought for our flight yesterday.
1. Homemade Smoothies. As I’ve mentioned before, green smoothies are a staple in my son’s diet. I always make a big batch of smoothie, enough to fill four 6-ounce containers, and give them to my son throughout the day. For traveling, I put them in sealed bags to avoid any leaks in my carry-on. In case you’re wondering, TSA will let you bring your own smoothies through security– they just have to wave a testing strip over the top of the open container to make sure it’s safe for travel. (Nothing gets inserted into the smoothie, so you don’t have to worry about contamination.) The perk of bringing your own smoothies, is that you can re-use your containers during the rest of your trip!
For my favorite smoothie combinations for babies and toddlers, check out this post.
2. Fresh blueberries. Blueberries are one of nature’s perfect finger foods. I washed and dried a pound of blueberries for this trip, and my son snacked on them happily for the first hour of our flight. I was thrilled with how content he was! Other fruit could work, too, but pre-cut fruit is a little messier to deal with when you have a toddler.
3. Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars. Raw almonds are one of my favorite travel snacks, but they’re a choking hazard for 2 year olds, so a snack bar made with ground nuts and seeds works better in this situation. Larabars are a great store-bought option or you can make your own using one of my recipes, either here on the blog or in my cookbook. The ones I took on my trip were a sample from a friend in LA– she’s going to be selling some of her homemade bars soon, and they’re delicious!
4. Raisins. I don’t offer my son dried fruit often at home, but it’s a convenient option when you need a shelf-stable snack. I love Made in Nature snacks because they’re always organic and free of added sugar. I actually keep this snack in my diaper bag all the time, so we’re never stuck without a healthy snack!
These snacks got us through 2 hours of waiting in the airport, plus a 3+ hour flight, so I hope these ideas will come in handy for you in the future, too!
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