Thorndyke’s Portal to Road-Ready Snacks

You will undoubtedly hear two words from the kids this summer while on the road: “I’m hungry.” To combat the expense, poor nutrition, and general ickiness of eating too many snacks from roadside stops, we suggest you take some steps to create your very own snacklebox. 

Make sure to choose your kids’ favorite snacks and ones that are easy to keep at safe temperatures and clean from accidental spills (or purposeful spills if you have toddlers). 

You will need a reusable container with different compartments (check your local store’s craft section for ideas) or find one that is safe to use at home. Next, portion some snacks and fill them up for your kiddo. 

Here are some snacks you can try. Always remember to cut things like grapes and blueberries in half and to cut veggies into matchsticks for young children. You and your pediatrician know what is best for your kiddo through each age and stage, so these suggestions are meant as food for thought (pun intended).

  • Blueberries
  • Cucumber 
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Squeezable applesauce
  • Bell pepper strips
  • Snow pea pods
  • Green peas
  • Corn kernels
  • Small pasta (whole wheat or gluten free) 
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Trail mix
  • Croutons 
  • Sesame sticks
  • Tortilla strips 
  • Popcorn
  • Pita chips
  • Crackers (mix up shapes and textures)
  • Frozen yogurt tubes
  • Freeze dried yogurt drops
  • Cheese cubes/sticks/rounds
  • Dehydrated cheese snacks
  • Dried fruit 
  • Graham crackers (in fun shapes!)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Honey straws
  • Coconut shavings
  • Mini muffins 
  • Snack bars 
  • Licorice
  • Jerky
  • Almond or other nut butter squeeze pack 
  • Nori (seaweed sheets)
  • Dry cereal 
  • Pretzels
  • Pea crisps
  • Pre-made sandwiches cut into quarters

Creating this fun and healthy snacklebox on the road will allow the kids open access to their snack box so they can self-serve snacks as needed and even trade them with siblings or grown-ups if they choose to. 

Happy snacking!