One of our main goals here on the blog (and in our own lives) is to simplify day-to-day tasks. I frequently hear parents discuss healthy food, unhealthy food and the constant struggle they face trying to balance time and convenience. I get that it isn’t the simplest thing in the world, but health should be a priority and it really doesn’t have to be as difficult as everyone makes it out to be. As an on-the-go mom, one of the biggest challenges I face is trying to eat well when we’re out and about running errands in the community. We keep a snack kit on hand at all times to simply throw in the trunk before we go. That way, we’re never without a healthy food option, and we don’t have to take time out to go track down something to drink or munch on.
Here’s what we keep in our car snack kit:
- Water – I get thirsty a lot, and I get annoyed over having to pay up to $2 a pop for bottled water when we’re at the store or gas station. Keeping some in the car keeps me hydrated, and keeps me from having to make another stop.
- Fruit – Prepackaged in cans or diced in sealed plastic containers so it won’t go bad. Ideally, I like to grab a banana or other fresh fruit on the run, but this is a good alternative that I can always have on hand.
- Nutrition Bars – A good all-around meal replacement bar with lots of vitamins and nutrients, ideally a high amount of protein and not a ton of preservatives. Zone Perfect bars are a good low cost bar for both kids and adults.
- Protein – Tuna or chicken salad pouches with crackers is a really satisfying snack when I don’t have time to pack a sandwich for longer outings. I occasionally pick up small peanut butter containers with crackers as well.
- Drinks – I like to carry Slim-Fast for myself and juice packs or PediaSure for kids. PediaSure is shake-like and has lots of nutrients to hold kids over when they have to wait awhile for a meal.
See? It really can be easy for on-a-budget and on-the-go families to fit healthy options into their everyday lives.
I mentioned last week that I’m participating in the Champions for Kids Abbott Nutrition SIMPLE Service project to raise awareness about the need for nutritious food for children in need. We went shopping over at Walmart for everything we needed to make a snack kit just like our own to donate to a local women and children’s shelter.
The SIMPLE Service campaign is encouraging groups to compile snack packs for community organizations that serve children, so that healthy living can become a natural way of life for them. Want to get involved? I suggest taking your kids along shopping to pick out nutritious snacks and packaging them up together! Talk to them about the importance of making healthy choices. Getting involved in a project like this will help them appreciate what they have and will make a lasting impression to keep them thinking about their own nutrition.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.