Real Food! Isn’t that just the best buzz word of the last 10 years? After low-fat and high-protein and no-sugar and what-have-you we’re finally getting back to a simple message: REAL FOOD. It’s easy to understand and best of all, its meaning (in theory) can’t really get misconstrued. For example, you’d hopefully never find yourself or a friend asking: “Do these Doritos count as real food snacks?” The message is just clear, you know?
So I get that the term Real Food sounds like something that takes hours and requires 18 different trips to Whole Paycheck, but it really can be very simple, and even – GASP – store-bought! And the best part about these real food snacks (besides being ready-made) is that they work for toddlers AND parents. As we discussed in How to Get Started With Baby-Led Weaning, Eric and I are firm believers in the “baby eats what we eat” motto and we live by that probably 99% of the time. It not only saves us time, it also saves money because we’re not buying separate food for Harper.
For the record though, I do believe it’s important for kids to be kids and Harper can down some mac and cheese with the best of them, but for the most part, she really just wants to eat what we’re eating.
Now, if you’re anything like me then your diaper bag probably consists of 50% random things and 50% snacks. I never leave the house without at least 3 of the real food snacks listed below, sometimes more depending on how long we’ll be out. If you leave the house prepared, you’ll be less likely to spend money on unhealthy food when you inevitably realize you are starving.
10 Favorite Store-Bought Real Food Snacks for Toddlers (And Adults)
- LaraBars (we like Peanut Butter Cookie & Apple Pie)
- Organic Valley Cheese Sticks
- GoGo Squeez Applesauce
- Mary’s Gone Crackers
- Sabra Hummus Individual Packs with Baby Carrots
- Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Cups
- Easy Peel Mandarin Oranges (sometimes called Halos or Cuties)
- Justin’s Individual Almond Butter Packets with Baby Carrots or Crackers
- That’s It Fruit Bar (we like Mango & Apple)
For more real food inspiration follow my boards on Pinterest!
What snacks do you pack for yourself and your little one when you’re on-the-go?