10 Real Food Snacks For On-The-Go Moms

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Ok moms, it’s almost the end of February and lacrosse season is starting.  If your kids are in sports like mine are you can (and will) find yourself on the road a lot and having easy to pack on-the-go snacks can be critical.

When my kids were younger (elem school age) the parents were asked to volunteer to bring a snack to practice on a rotational basis for the whole team.  I’m so glad we have moved beyond that.  I found that most snacks were fruit juice boxes, fruit roll ups, Doritos and yes even candy one time!

Now they are in middle school and I’m probably on the go more now than ever!  We have football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball.  Yes, I only have 2 kids.   These sports require a lot of energy and when they are done they are STARVING (do you get that same drama that they are going to die if they don’t eat immediately?)

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So these are some of the things I pack before we leave the house to prepare for such meltdowns:

1.  POPCORN

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Did you know that you can take regular popcorn kernels and put them in a brown paper bag with a little oil and they will pop in the microwave?  The first time I heard this I just couldn’t believe something that simple would really work.

Just take 1/4 cup kernels with 1/2 tsp oil and a little salt.  Stand the bag up and fold it twice and microwave it until the popping stops for 1 second.  Usually 1 min 30 – 2 minutes does it and it tastes SO much better than the boxed versions.

2.  CARROT STICKS

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Carrot sticks are an easy on the go snack because they can be packed in advance.  If you are too lazy, tired, stressed or just don’t feel like peeling the carrots, you can always buy the precut, prepackaged organic carrot sticks in a bag.  Grab a few the next time you are at the supermarket.

3.  APPLE SLICES

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Again, apples are a no brainer when it comes to on the go snacks as they are so portable and can be left at room temp.  But one thing I have discovered with kids is they are MUCH more apt to eat the apple SLICES in lieu of an actual apple.

You will pay more for them, but sometimes convenience wins – and it definitely beats a bag of Doritos!

4.  Veggies with Hummus

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Hummus is one of the easiest things to make.  If you have garbanzo beans in your pantry and tahini you are already 3/4 there.  These 2 items are staples in my pantry now.

Tahini is found in almost all supermarkets and is usually in the condiment section.  If you can’t find it, just ask the store manager as I’m sure they carry it.  It will change your hummus experience forever!

Just pack a little in a container with a lid and some cut up peppers, celery or even pita chips.  Kids FLOCK to me when they see my kids eating chips with hummus on the field!

5.  BANANA

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Yes, just a regular old banana.  Or orange or pear.  Or whatever fruit you have on hand.  Totally portable.

6.  HOMEMADE TRAIL MIX

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Store bought trail mixes seem to have a lot more candy in them then nuts.  Obviously this is because candy is cheaper but it adds a whole lot of sugar and unwanted chemicals.  You can make your own very simply with just some raisins, nuts and granola.  If your kids MUST have the chocolate they are so accustomed to, then add a few mini chocolate chips.

7.  HARD BOILED EGG

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How easy is it to grab a few hard boiled eggs and put them in a little container?  They are packed with protein and if you are avoiding the yolks for whatever reason they are easily removed.

8. CHEESE STICKS

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The only cheese sticks that I have found that are REAL mozzarella cheese are from Trader Joes.  My kids refuse to eat any other brand now because these are so fresh and soft.

9. Whole Grain Crackers

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Triscuits, Al-Mak, Whole Wheat Matzos are some great options when it comes to crackers.  Most crackers on the market today contain unrefined flours, sugars and HFCS, yeast extract, natural flavors and artificial colors.  These crackers are some of the better options on the market.

10.  Lara Bars

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These homemade Lara bars are a great snack to make and freeze.  When you are ready for them, you can just pull a few out of the freezer and they will thaw within minutes.  If you don’t have the time to make them, the store bought versions are great too.

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