Travelling with a toddler can be extremely challenging at times. Apart from dealing with all the hectic travelling schedules, parents have to take care of their little one’s eating. The food items must be chosen in a way that they are both nutritious as well as light on stomach. Moreover, a parent should responsibly avoid all such food items that might have even the slightest chance of leading to giddy stomach or stomachache.
Hence, whether you are travelling by train, plane or your personal automobile, the below-mentioned list of food items are sure to solve your problem at least to a certain extent. These snacks are easy to make and store and looks yummy to attract even the pickiest of eaters.
How To Eat Well Even While Travelling
Toddlerhood is a period when the child can be super active all day long. And this rule of thumb applies even when they are travelling. Thus, parents must make sure that their little ones are fed with sufficient amount of nutrients, so that their food can keep up with their continuous activities. So, let’s have a look at these nutrition-packed snacks.
Cereal With High Fiber And Low Sugar
This nutritious breakfast food can prove to be your best companion while travelling. Just carry any ‘O’ shaped cereal puff and let your child wear it in his fingers and allow him to eat them off his fingers. Your child will really enjoy this activity and your task of feeding him would be fulfilled too.
Moreover, you can also mix your favorite high fiber low calorie cereals with walnuts, raisins and other sweet and salty dry fruits to make it more flavorful and healthier.
Mashed/Cooked Apples Or Mashed Potatoes
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. The saying truly reflects all the nutritious characteristics that an apple holds. Apple is the best source of iron, vitamins and other essential fibers. Plus it can keep the tummy filled for a long time. So just get some apples when you start packing your journey food.
Fruits are best companions of toddlers as well as adults, while travelling. They enjoy the reputation of being light and nutritious food items. They are ideal while travelling because they can easily replace meals and keep the tummy full.
Packed with nutrition and taste, yogurts are easy to carry, light on the stomach and a store-house of calcium for your toddler. Pack travel-friendly jars of yogurt and have fun feeding your toddler on the move.
Your carton of prepped vegetables can include diced carrots, sprouted beans, broccoli etc. The tight and comfortable packing makes it very easy to be carried. Hence, there is no reason of depriving your child from the goodness of these vitamin and mineral rich veggies while travelling.
Make small packets of various kinds of dry fruits that your toddler can keep munching while travelling. They are power foods that will restore your toddler’s lost energy.
CHEESE, now this one is most tots’ favorite finger food. One can carry string cheese packets while planning for a long travel. String cheese is manufactured in such a way that its protein value remains intact after packaging.
Mini Pancakes Or Waffles
Pancakes are something that the kids get attracted to immediately. You can always use the frozen ones, and top it with peanut spread or their favorite jam.
Similarly, even waffles can be combined with slices of bananas or strawberries. Top it with maple sauce and provide a full-fledged meal to your toddler while you drive on towards your destination.
Each time your child gets dehydrated, you can choose to serve him with fruit juice that he would surely relish. This healthy and refreshing drink will definitely fulfill the protein and vitamin requirement of your child.
Whole Wheat Wraps
Wraps are extremely finger friendly. Thus your child can comfortably hold it inside a moving vehicle. You can go a step further and couple these filling wraps with cheese and different spreads. Cut them into pieces and pack them to be eaten while traveling.
Foods To Avoid When Travelling With Toddlers
Apart from having the knowledge of permissible foods that are beneficial for your toddlers, it is also important to have a thorough knowledge of foods that must be avoided while travelling.
- Soft drinks
- Sugary cereals
- Oily food items
- Marshmallows or other sticky food
Whatever you carry for your child, remember to cut it into small pieces as large chunks for easy eating.