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My 22 month old is at that age when you canâ€™t leave the house for more than an hour without bringing along a snack. Coincidentally, at 26 weeks, Iâ€™m at that same stage in my pregnancy. Eating well is a major priority for our family, and we try to keep it a priority even when we are out and about. Weâ€™ve gotten pretty good at packing snacks to take on a walk or to playgroup â€“ but what about when we will be out of the house for most of the day and will need to eat a whole meal on the run?
Over the next week we will be taking a six-hour road trip across the state and a few days later will be embarking on a trip to Mexico which will have us boarding two flights and taking a substantial bus ride before arriving at our destination. These long travel days (or even an all-day excursion to the zoo) require some planning so that we can stay on track with our nutritional goals â€“ and feel our best as we tackle what can be a challenging day.
The benefit of travel is that after so many hours of sitting in a car or on a plane - a snack is usually a pretty welcome distraction. Here is my go-to list of healthy (and acceptable to my toddler) foods to pack for travel:
Choosing several items from this list usually will get us comfortably through the day. Often we will supplement our packed meal with a purchased treat - like frozen yogurt or French fries. I'm ok making a compromise on a treat if I know we are eating well overall.
Do you pack food when you travel? What are your favorite on-the-go meals?