We are taking our 2 and 4 year old on a trip in a few weeks (flying into Fort Lauderdale and then cruising for a week.) I'm not concerned about the cruise itself as there will be paleo options for us there, but does anyone have tips on paleo snacks to bring for the airport/flight?
I'm mostly concerned with keeping their tummies full (and avoiding meltdowns) when we're at the airport, in long lineups, 3 hour flight, transfer to hotel, etc etc. Any tips would be much appreciated!
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Whether I am traveling by myself or with kiddos, I pretty much pack the same snacks. Jerky, ham or turkey and cheese roll-ups, string cheese, chopped veggies (celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots travel well), dried fruits, apples, and sometimes peeled oranges. If it is something that needs to stay cold, I freeze bananas whole. Most of the time, we also eat the banana, though sometimes it is too mushy if I froze it too ripe. I use glass storage containers at home, but when traveling I will use the Gladware because it is so light and nests well when empty.
We take empty water bottles through security and fill them up on the other side.
Here are some of our favorites (I have 4 kids, aged 3 to 12). Whole nuts aren't a good option for a few of my kids. The trick is to get enough fat in there. I can fit all this in a small lunch-bag style cooler.
PIZZA ROLLUPS: deli ham layered with pepperoni and butter, rolled up (I also like to add dill pickles on to mine)
NUT BUTTER SNACK PACK: homemade almond butter (recipe here: http://www.health-bent.com/snacks/maple-almond-snack-packs) with apples, carrots, celery
BANANA MASH: avocado, banana, coconut butter, hot water. Mash together until it makes a thick cereal-like mash; this is surprisingly good
TRAIL MIX: cut up tiny pieces of beef jerky (depending on what the 2 yr old can chew), coconut flakes, dried fruit of choice (we like mango and dates), dark chocolate chips (it is vacation!).
US Wellness Meats has some beef snack sticks that I love to take on the road; they are a bit spicy for the kids. Hard boiled eggs are also good (take a fun salt, like pink salt, for sprinkling). For something really portable and for desperate moments, we have Larabars (which we never eat on a regular basis, but ok for travel).
AIRPORT FOOD: the best option I have found if you have to eat in the airport is to find a restaurant that serves fajitas. One order of fajitas is a great snack for all of us (minus the chips and tortillas of course). Sometimes you can even get them to bring lettuce leaves as a replacement for the tortillas.
Homemade jerky, veggie chips, nuts, fruit
If you do dairy, you could also bring string cheese.
- Beef and turkey sticks
- Homemade beef jerky
- Homemade kale chips
- dried fruit mix
- assortment of nuts
- unsweetened organic applesauce to go mini packs
- homemade turkey and ham wraps with lettuce, pickles, etc. (whatever you prefer)
- Veggie and fruit with almond butter dip (use whatever fruits and veggies you prefer)
I usually make banana chips, tomato chips, or other dried fruit and take with me. Especially since I am usually travelling to less Paleo friendly destinations. If I run out of goods or have a layover of more than 2 hours, then I'll find the nearest kiosk that sells trail mixes and snacks and get something.
Not sure what hotel you are staying at but most of the ones I have been too recently also have snacks you can buy too (crazy expensive though), if you had to in a pinch.
Have fun and good luck!