Traveling as a family can be so much fun and a little stressful, especially when traveling on an airplane. Booking flights according to sleep schedules, making sure you have your child’s favorite toys, books, pillow, blanket, etc. Probably the most import items to remember to pack in the carry-on luggage are snacks! Taking snacks on a plane can be a little nerve racking with all of the guidelines now. There is always the option to buy food and drinks on the other side of security but paying airport prices for packaged food sometimes feels like highway robbery. And let’s be honest finding nutritious and healthy snacks once there can be a bit of an obstacle as well. So here are 5 great snack options to take along with you on your journey with your toddlers and kids.
Pretzels and Nut Butter
Crackers can crush really easy when traveling and all that’s left are tiny crumbs and big messes. Pretzels are a little thicker and don’t crush as easy and taste great with nut butter which is a great source of protein for your little one. The butter can be bought in pre-packaged individual sizes or place your family’s favorite peanut, almond, cashew butter in a washed out, clean cosmetic travel container that can be purchased very inexpensively. Just make both are less than 3.4 oz. in weight, per the TSA Guidelines website.
Veggies and hummus
Celery, peppers and carrot sticks are probably the best option for veggies with this yummy snack. All are durable and hold up without a mess. The hummus can be taken along just like the nut butter. Just again remember the 3.4oz rule.
Fresh fruit can get so messy on the plane with all the juices, bruising and trying to keep fresh. Try to bring along a no-sugar added dried fruit like apples, mango’s, cherries, and pineapples, etc. These may get a little sticky but there is no pit or core to worry about and they are perfectly fine if get smashed.
You absolutely cannot take a bottle or a sippy cup full of liquid through security BUT you can however take the empty sippy cup or even their favorite empty water bottle or tumbler and fill it at a drinking fountain after security or during inflight service. The lack of humidity and air on the plane can make it really easy to become dehydrated. So staying hydrated is a must especially when flying with children. It’s also nice to have a cup with a lid so that you don’t run the risk of spilling all over the passengers sitting next to you.
Did you know cookies, bars and even sandwiches can be taken on the plane during flights? The website mentioned above will tell you all about it! If you know your little boy or girl loves your homemade granola bars or oatmeal raisin cookies why not whip a batch a week before you leave for your trip freeze them till the day of the flight. You could also try out this simple Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal Bar recipe below. These easy to make bars have no flour, butter or eggs but taste similar to baked oatmeal which is nice as a breakfast snack for early morning flights.
Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal Bars
2 Cups of Old Fashion Rolled Oats
1 Cup of Rice Cereal
1 Cup of Organic Stonyfield Whole Milk French Vanilla Yogurt
½ cup of Organic Light Corn Syrup or Organic Rice Syrup (Any other syrup will not hold the bars together as well)
1 Cup of dried or freeze dried blueberries (Or any other berry option)
Preheat oven to 350F. Place parchment paper in a 9X11 pan and spray the paper with baking spray. Add all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until blended. Pour mixture into the pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the edges start browning and the middle is firm. Once cool pull the parchment paper out of pan and cut the bars in easy bite size pieces.