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On my Moveable Pantry
March 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM

As I've mentioned before, my husband and I both work full time, and so we don't get to spend a ton of time during the week. As a result, we try to make the weekends as family-oriented as possible. (I mean, between all the birthday parties, play dates, and random events, that is.) We try to do something fun, as a family, every Sunday, be it something big (apple picking, museum, street fair) or small (baking, local park, bike riding). We pick one thing to do, and then sort of let the rest of the day fall into place around that. And it's been fantastic. Except for one thing...

You ever been to a bowling alley? Tons of fun for the whole family!  Rented shoes! Lebowski jokes! FRIED FOOD AND CANDY EVERYWHERE OH MY WORD THE FRIED FOOD AND CANDY.  My kids alternate between (bumper) bowling during their turns, and asking for soda and Snickers bars while they wait.

While we generally have a great time on these little Sunday adventures, I find myself torn between letting the kids eat their weight in nachos/caramel apples/fries (it's the weekend!")  and maintaining some semblance of order ("that right there is a fried nacho covered caramel apple, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO STREET FAIR FOOD THESE DAYS?"). I'm all for rationalizing some stuff (ice cream equals calcium, is one of my favorites), but not ALL of the stuff.

Something that I've started doing is maintaining a "moveable pantry" on hand in the car for these situations. I've put together a little bag we can just keep there with some kid-friendly non-perishable snacks. My kids don't have any nut allergies, so I keep some candied nuts in there, along with yogurt-covered raisins, other assorted dried fruits (craisins, mango, pineapple), crackers and bagel chips, and granola/KIND bars. I also occasionally try to change it up, throwing in something new (dried kiwi, anyone?) just to keep it interesting for them. Now, I can't say that we always go toward the bag first, but the kids know it's there, and - crucially - like all of the stuff that's in there. There may or may not be the occasional ice cream lunch when we're out on the road, but for the most part (calcium, I tell you! CALCIUM!), the bag has been a success whenever anyone starts in with "I'm hunnnngry."

What about you? What are some strategies and snack ideas that work well for you when you're out with your kids?


  • slw123
    by slw123
    March 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

     We usually bring snacks with us and they are allowed to drink water, no soda.

  • copperswifey
    March 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    grapes, pretzels, string cheese, watermelon, gold fish :)

  • suziejax
    March 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I either bring food or buuy cheap! Or make them eat a big meal before we leave lol

  • Rushn311
    March 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Well every Saturday from Sept-end of March my kids have bowling. I always take a drink and snack for them. If we go on an hour car ride we usually eat lunch before we leave, bring snacks a long. Saves money this way and I can control what they eat.

  • MamaBear2cubs
    March 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Grapes,bananas,water and juice puches.

  • Kmakksmom
    March 23, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    We always take snacks wherever we go.  With 7 of us...myself, my husband, my 4 girls and my son it's very cost effective to do so.  We love bagel chips, carrots with ranch dressing, pretzels, raisins, etc...

  • mommythree0508
    March 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Quoting carolina_gal:

     I take snacks with me everywhere.  I don't like stopping somewhere to spend money on unhealthy foods. I pack pretzels, peanut butter, granola bars and raisins.

  • MamaBear2cubs
    March 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Bagel chips are the best!

    Quoting Kmakksmom:

    We always take snacks wherever we go.  With 7 of us...myself, my husband, my 4 girls and my son it's very cost effective to do so.  We love bagel chips, carrots with ranch dressing, pretzels, raisins, etc...

  • MommeeTo4
    March 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM
    Sometimes we eat bag chips. Not the most healthy option, but it is quick.
  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    March 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    If I know we are going to be out and that the kids might be hungry, I pack up something easy and non-messy.  granola bar,  PB&J sandwich quarters, water.

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