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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?

Replies

  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    March 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I can't get a taste for bagel chips. I think they are a healthy alternative to chips. 

    Quoting MamaBear2cubs:

    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...



  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    March 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I used to pack my husband's lunch, and after he forgot it a few times, or didn't eat it because there was a lunch at work, I told him it was now his responsibility.

    Quoting NearSeattleMom:

    Also, it helps if your husband is on board . . . mine is not into the packing your lunch thing.  At all. 


  • Kmakksmom
    March 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Yes they are! :)

    Quoting MamaBear2cubs:

    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...



  • elijahsmama09
    March 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM
    Its early, just got up. Have not had my coffee yet....and for the life fo me I thought the title said "Moveable PANTY" LOL. I read it three times before my brain registered the "R". All I could think of was...I hate it when they move! HAHAHAHA....time for me to go get some coffee!
  • elijahsmama09
    March 24, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    ANyway...to the topic at hand, lol. I get a box of the character baggies at the dollar store. My son loves spongebob, but they have a few different ones. I put different snacks in them. Dry cereal, crackers, gold fish, animal crackers, cheese sticks(as long as its not hot out), crackers with pb, raisins, dried fruit, etc. I also get fruit snacks, whole fruit(bananas are his favorite), and those cups of fruit.

  • Madelaine
    March 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    We always have snacks with us

  • Madelaine
    March 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Snacks are essential for sure!

  • Kainalu55
    March 25, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    the dollar menu works! lol not always healthy...but cheap!

    Quoting suziejax:

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


  • Kainalu55
    March 25, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    oh no! mice in the car?  i wouldn't be able to get in!  i had a roach problem in my car..yuck!

    Quoting Leelee1008:

    ugh I hate mice! we had a big issue with them this past winter, I havent seen many lately but they are horrible little things.

    Quoting Bmat:

    I can't keep food of any kind in the car. Mice get in it.  When we go out for any length of time and there's a chance we might get hungry, I'll pack a small bag of fruit and veggies.



  • Kainalu55
    March 25, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    my hubby does ok with it

    Quoting NearSeattleMom:

    Also, it helps if your husband is on board . . . mine is not into the packing your lunch thing.  At all. 


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