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 I shared 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.
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.
More Toddler Food Ideas:
- What I Fed My Toddler This Week
- Easy Toddler Lunchbox Ideas
- 2 Year Old (Super Quick) Breakfasts
- Sample Toddler Feeding Schedule
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 or Simple Mills Crackers
- Sabra Hummus Individual Packs
- Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Cups or Pouches
- Easy Peel Mandarin Oranges (sometimes called Halos or Cuties)
- Justin’s Individual Almond Butter Packets
- That’s It Fruit Bar (we like Mango & Apple)
For more real food inspiration follow my snack board on Pinterest!
Allison - Celebrating Sweets says
Great suggestions! I need to stock up!
Bre | Maintaining Me says
I love all of these! I am always looking for new snacks for the kids.
Yes, sometimes it’s hard to think of new things!
Nichole Snellgrove says
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!
Thank you so much! Yay! I am always glad to share ideas.
Rachel Catherine says
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!
Yes! We love those, too. The peach-veggie combo ones are a favorite!
Baby Castan On Board says
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.
I get all of this stuff at Publix, which is our regular grocery store. Makes shopping super easy!
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!
Thank you! I do like to make things homemade but sometimes, I just need store-bought food!
These are great suggestions for on-the-go!
Great suggestions. We are always looking for new snacks that aren’t overly processed.
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!
Take Two Tapas says
OMG I love those lara bars and those packages of almond butter. I have them stashed in all my purses and gym bags!
We love Larabars! Probably because they feel like a treat, but they are actually healthy 🙂
We love all of these snacks! And so happy it’s almost Cutie season again. SO GOOD!
Yes!! Those oranges are particularly good in the winter!