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10 Store-Bought Real Food Snacks for Toddlers (And Adults!)

10 Store-Bought Real Food Snacks for Toddlers

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?” 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 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 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.

Without further delay, here are my 10 Favorite Store-Bought Real Food Snacks for Toddlers (And Adults) that are perfect for on-the-go!

  1. LaraBars (we like Peanut Butter Cookie & Apple Pie)
  2. Organic Valley Cheese Sticks
  3. GoGo Squeez Applesauce
  4. Mary’s Gone Crackers
  5. Sabra Hummus Individual Packs with Baby Carrots
  6. Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Cups
  7. Bananas
  8. Easy Peel Mandarin Oranges (sometimes called Halos or Cuties)
  9. Justin’s Individual Almond Butter Packets with Baby Carrots or Crackers
  10. That’s It Fruit Bar (we like Mango & Apple)

What snacks do you pack for yourself and your little one when you’re on-the-go?

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  • Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    September 19, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Great suggestions! I need to stock up!

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM

      Thank you!

  • Bre | Maintaining Me
    September 19, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    I love all of these! I am always looking for new snacks for the kids.

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM

      Yes, sometimes it’s hard to think of new things!

  • Nichole Snellgrove
    September 19, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    I love, love this list! I just printed it for the next time we go to the grocery store. I love the idea of eating real snack foods and your list makes it easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM

      Thank you so much! Yay! I am always glad to share ideas.

  • Rachel Catherine
    September 19, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    I do Go Go Squeezes all the time. We have even started giving them to our older daughter again. There are some that include veggies now!

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 8:01 PM

      Yes! We love those, too. The peach-veggie combo ones are a favorite!

  • Baby Castan On Board
    September 19, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Great ideas! We also like to feed our baby whatever we are eating so it’s great to know there are options at regular supermarkets.

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 8:02 PM

      I get all of this stuff at Publix, which is our regular grocery store. Makes shopping super easy!

  • Angela
    September 19, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Such a great list! It’s perfect for busy moms who don’t have time to create perfect snack boxes! All of these snacks are healthy as well!

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 8:04 PM

      Thank you! I do like to make things homemade but sometimes, I just need store-bought food!

  • MumsOrchardHouse
    September 19, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    These are great suggestions for on-the-go!

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 9:03 PM

      Yay! 🙂

  • Savannah
    September 19, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Great suggestions. We are always looking for new snacks that aren’t overly processed.

    • Marla
      September 19, 2016 at 10:28 PM

      Thank you! Sometimes it does feel difficult to find snacks that don’t have a ton of sugar, but luckily there are a lot of good options!

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  • Take Two Tapas
    September 20, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    OMG I love those lara bars and those packages of almond butter. I have them stashed in all my purses and gym bags!

    • Marla
      September 26, 2016 at 3:36 PM

      We love Larabars! Probably because they feel like a treat, but they are actually healthy 🙂

  • suzanne
    September 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    We love all of these snacks! And so happy it’s almost Cutie season again. SO GOOD!

    • Marla
      September 21, 2016 at 8:16 PM

      Yes!! Those oranges are particularly good in the winter!