Making a fresh PB&J to split with your kid when you’re already late to hit the road is a no-go. Instead of leaving snack time up to chance, prep your fridge with no-mess bites that are easy to bring and eat in the car. In this list of nine ideas below, you’ll find a mix of simple (and fun!) make-ahead eats you can whip up on a Sunday, plus one essential store-bought staple no busy household should go without. The best part? You’ll enjoy eating them, too.
9 On-the-Go Snacks for Healthy Parents and Kids
1. Easy Cherry-almond Granola Bars
These are super easy to make (can be done in less than 30 minutes) and are made up of only healthy ingredients like oats, dried cherries and almonds. Fine, we like a little brown sugar for a hint of sweet, but you can always customize the recipe and leave that out.
2. Applesauce Pouches
Mott’s new clear Applesauce Pouches are made with just two ingredients—apples and vitamic C—and are ideal for the family whose calendar is always packed full. No artificial sweeteners, colors or flavorings go into the No Sugar Added Applesauce, and all of the pouches are perfect for sipping. Just reach into the fridge and pop a couple into your bag—no spoons or peel-back lids involved. Your kiddo will also love playing with the cute characters like Penelopeel, who is running for president, or Crispin, who loves to drum.
3. Raw Apricot Candy
Don’t worry—there’s no hot, bubbling sugar involved in these bite-size candies. In fact, they’re not really candy at all. A mix of dried apricots, honey, raw almonds and shredded coconut make these beauties the perfect healthy treat.
4. Baked Mac-and-cheese Bites
How cute are these cheesy homemade cups? They’re perfect for tiding little ones over until dinner, and you won’t mind having a couple yourself at only 90 calories a pop.
5. ‘everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls
Your kid doesn’t fall far from the tree: Bagels are what you both want, but they’re really not what you need. Enter, the best dupe of all time—these bagel bites made from cauliflower. That means they’re gluten-free, low-carb and perfect for snacking on the go. Plus, they only take ten minutes of prep time.
6. Delicata Squash Rings
Oven baked to perfection, these squash rings are a healthy and satisfying alternative to onion rings or fries. Just skip the sauce if there’s a chance it could end up on the roof of your car.
7. Carrot Pigs In A Blanket
This vegetarian version of everyone’s favorite finger food is a little more sophisticated than the traditional, not to mention a smart and sneaky way to get your kid to eat more veggies.
8. Oven-dried Tomatoes
If you ever find yourself with a surplus of tomatoes on the brink of going bad, this is the way to make sure you don’t waste a seed. It’s also the perfect solution for people of all ages who love to mindlessly snack.
9. Strawberry Fat Bombs
This low-carb snack is keto-friendly and kid friendly, because who doesn’t love strawberry and cream cheese? A little honey for sweetness makes this a perfect energy-boosting, hunger-curbing treat you can bring with you anywhere.