Here’s a quick roundup of my favorite snacks to feed my two-year-old. All of these are completely grain-free (and thus gluten-free) and nut free (because preschool). They’re also vegan, free of nasty additives, portable, and fast– all essentials when it comes to things like getting out the door in less than 3 hours. The pictures will all link to where you can find these for sale online, but many of them are available at health food stores or Whole Foods locations near you.
Mac loves these peas! And I do too. I love them because they’re (relatively) mess free and super light and easy to carry around a bag in my purse.
Ingredients: Freeze-Dried Peas
Seaweed is a new trend to the US but with my Korean mama, I’ve been snacking on seaweed since I was Mac’s age! There are lots of brands out there, but this one is my favorite because in the original flavor they use olive oil instead of junkier oils like sunflower and safflower oil. These can be a little bit messy because they break easily and sort of stick to hands and mouths, but it’s not too bad. They’re light and super easy to throw in your bag.
Ingredients: Seaweed, Olive Oil, Sea Salt
These coconut butter packets are a new addition to our snack game. They’re small and totally mess free, plus they provide a lot of nutrition and totally keep my little one going for awhile. Sometimes I pair it with a piece of fruit, but just the coconut butter itself is enough to do the trick. I tear a hole in the top and let Mac squeeze it out herself, which she loves.
Ingredients: organic raw coconut
Trader Joe’s Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Easy, mess free (except for hands can get a little sticky), and light enough to take anywhere. Are you sensing a theme here? I am always looking for those qualifications in snacks and this one totally fits the bill. They make a variety of other kinds of fruits too. Mac likes strawberries best.
Who doesn’t love potato chips? And these are chips that I can feel pretty good about. We relied on these heavily when we were trying to get off of grain, but now they’re just an occasional treat! Dang, they’re so good though. Moms, you’ve been warned.
Ingredients: potatoes, avocado oil, sea salt
These coconut chips are really yummy and easy and totally mess free. They’re a little tough and wouldn’t be good for a younger kid, but for Mac’s age (2.5) they’re perfect and have just a hint of salt. Because they’re harder to chew, Mac falls silent for awhile when I dole these out… which is nice. Ha!
Ingredients: Coconut, Sea Salt
Dried mango can be a little bit hit or miss. Sometimes it is just too chewy and dried out to enjoy. But this brand NEVER disappoints. The mango is soft, flavorful and so perfect. I highly recommend grabbing some off amazon or asking your local store to stock them.
Ingredients: organic mango
I saved the most important snack for last. Whenever possible, we encourage Mac to eat as much fresh fruit as she wants. I keep our house stocked with her favorites (apples, berries, bananas, coconut) and I always offer fruit as the first option whenever we’re home. She loves to have orange juice, coconut water, and avocado all the time too. But we all need a little convenience also and fresh fruit is not always the most convenient option, so hopefully the list above can give you some good choices for when you and your little are out running around.
PS. Husbands need lots of snacks too and a lot of these are great for them as well!