I don’t know about you, but days out with the kids in our family tend to be super active! This means everyone tends to use up a lot of energy, and pretty soon we’re all in need of snacks!
I find taking a few minutes out to reflect on all the fun we’ve had that day and what we’d like to do next is often a hidden gem in a day out, made extra special when we’ve got something extra delicious to tuck in to.
Since food is my second true love (my family is my first!), it’ll come as no surprise to learn that I’m a passionate snack packer.
We love a cheeky stop at a café as much as the next family, and a cookie now and then is fine in my book, but we find that relying too heavily on buying snacks once we’re out and about can get expensive and lead to some pretty unhealthy habits.
This is a pretty familiar sight at a soft play cafe, right?
Here are my top tips for healthy snacking when out with the family
1. Start with the Eatwell guide
I always aim to give my kids a rotation of interesting, healthy snacks and getting the proportions right is the first thing I think about when packing for a day out.
I find that visualising the Eatwell Guide to be a super simple starting point to inspire what to pack and how much.
2. Going somewhere tomorrow? Prepare today
When a lost shoe or lazy morning can mean a mad dash to get out the door later, it’s a comfort to know that snacks are already taken care of.
I try to keep a healthy supply of cupboard and fresh snacks in stock. Salads are easy to store the night before and can be divided into individual pots before packing, as can sticks of veg and fruit boxes.
3. Have a ‘go-bag’
For those times when you have only a few minutes warning before you have to head out the door, a ‘go-bag’ full of cupboard friendly snacks is a great way to help avoid being at mercy of a service station pasty.
Try to have enough snacks to last one or two unexpected trips and keep it in the boot of your car or in a bag by the door so that you don’t dip into it.
4. Leftovers are winners
A healthy dinner can turn into a healthy snack in the right proportion, and it’s a great way of getting kids thinking differently about what a ‘snack’ has to be, so raid the fridge if you need something healthy to take with you on a day out.
5. Supermarkets and shops are your friend
If you’re out and about and haven’t packed anything, have a look online to see if there’s a store, market or supermarket nearby or en route to your destination.
Fresh fruit is usually easy to pick up, and supermarkets tend to have prepared veg snacks such as carrot sticks and humous. They might even have a salad bar, as well as a whole host of cupboard friendly snacks available at a lower price than if bought from a café.
Do you have any go-to snacks or tips on how to make sure everyone gets something healthy and tasty on the go? Let me know in the comments below!