Camping brings out the hungries in kids. They spend their days outside, burning energy, and will be swinging by the campsite quite often for something to eat. It helps to plan ahead and bring along extra snacks to keep your little hungry hippos satisfied.
Trail mix tastes delicious and you can make your own before you arrive. The beauty of it is that you can customize it to the preferences of your family. Basically, you mix together a batch of whole grain cereals, dried berries, nuts, and seeds for snacking. You can sweeten it with honey or maple syrup and it will keep for a long time – though probably won’t last long around the kids.
It’s an especially good snack for the kids because it provides them the energy they need without a lot of sugar. Trail mix actually contains fiber and nutrients so you can feel good about giving it to your kids. Making it with walnuts, almonds, coconut, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate will make it just about as healthy a snack as you can get.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are a good snack because they are full of vitamins and nutrients but they also help to re-hydrate your little running machine. Kids play all day when they are camping and getting them to drink enough water can be a challenge. They will be more likely to grab and go if the fruits & veggies are cut up and portable. Cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, apple wedges, orange sections, celery stalks with peanut butter…these will all be suitable for a snack when your young ones get hungry and dinner isn’t ready yet.
You can add some cheese and yogurt to the list which will provide them some protein and hold them over until it is time to eat. Just watch for added sugars in the yogurt.
Your kids will be little eating machines while you are camping. Of course, they can have some ice cream and S’mores but you can integrate these healthier snacks for balance. Then you can both feel good about what they are eating.