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*sniff* *sniff* You know that little itty-bitty baby of mine? Well, she’s not so little anymore. At some point, that little blob of a baby transformed into a smart, hilarious, talking, running, and jumping toddler.
If it didn’t sink in that she’s a full-blown kid before, it certainly did this past week when we signed her up for gymnastics classes and swim lessons. My baby is in sports! And with all the running, jumping, swinging, climbing, and general toddlerness that’s been happening lately, I think she’s going to love it.
If Juni is anything like I was growing up, this is going to be the first in a long series of classes, sports, games, and events we’ll be shuttling her to-and-fro. And since we live so far out, that to-and-fro is not just a quick little jaunt. Any trips out for us require some serious sustenance planning! It’s not like we can just pop home for a snack.
In my mind, good snacks for sports have to be these things:
- Totally portable—No muffins or other crumbly, messy things that will get annihilated in Juni’s kitty backpack.
- No need for refrigeration—Even a cooler with ice won’t fare well in the heat of Indiana summers. It’s so much easier to go without the chill.
- Refueling—Toddlers and kids need to refuel after activity, too! These snacks will help replenish their little bodies so they can keep on keepin’ on.
- Pre-portionable—No more being late because you have to get snacks together. These are all designed to be pre-portioned and stashed in the pantry for easy grab-and-go.
- Kid-friendly—Simple flavor and easy-to-handle is the name of the game here.
- Nothing melty—Summer around here? Melt city. No chocolate allowed.
As far as containers go, I usually pack food for us adults into glass containers, but those aren’t quite appropriate for the toddler, so here is what I like to pack her snacks into:
- Stainless steel food containers—They are tough and durable, which is great for a toddler who isn’t always so sure on her feet. We use ones like these for dry foods and leakproof ones for wet foods.
- Snack-size zip-top baggies—I don’t love using disposable plastic food storage bags, but sometimes you just gotta go with it. I like that these use less plastic, and are the perfect size for small snacks.
- Reusable snack bags—You can make your own or buy them online. These aren’t great for wet foods, but are awesome for dry snacks.
- Collapsable silicone cups with lids—I really like that these collapse down once the snack is gone. Bonus: they work great as a cup if you need one in a pinch. I’ve yet to find any that are leakproof, but they work great for dry snacks.
- Snack cups—I’ve yet to find a really good non-plastic snack cup. I’m just not sure that exists! These are the best snack cups I’ve found, and they are cheeeeaaapp.
Alright, let’s dig into some of the ideas I have. I’ve broken them up into sweet and savory, because usually we make sure to grab one of each for Juni before we head out. Girl likes choices.