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Traveling with paleo kids - tips?

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Created January 06, 2013 at 2:52 PM

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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5802 · January 06, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Don't premash the fruit - just take a fork and bowl with you (I have these plastic camping sporks that we love; wipe everything down after with a baby wipe). If you portion the almond butter out it should be okay (I use the tiny "snack" size baggies); no guarantees though! I live in a smaller town where security is not as rigid as some larger cities.

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548 · January 06, 2013 at 5:30 PM

So I guess as long as I portion each liquid into 3.4 ounce containers I should be fine...

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623 · January 06, 2013 at 4:16 PM

nut butter has the same restriction as liquids. 3.4 oz or whatever. the individual packs should be ok for screenings.

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548 · January 06, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Great tips! I was also wondering about the restrictions...was thinking of bringing primal "pudding" (basically mashed up fruit) that my kids love but I have a feeling it will be taken away!

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366 · January 06, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I'm surprised with the prohibition on liquids and gels that the nut butter and banana mash don't cause you problems. I've had to pitch similar stuff in my carry-on in the past.

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11048 · January 06, 2013 at 7:53 PM

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.

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5802 · January 06, 2013 at 3:36 PM

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.

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623 · January 06, 2013 at 4:16 PM

nut butter has the same restriction as liquids. 3.4 oz or whatever. the individual packs should be ok for screenings.

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366 · January 06, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I'm surprised with the prohibition on liquids and gels that the nut butter and banana mash don't cause you problems. I've had to pitch similar stuff in my carry-on in the past.

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548 · January 06, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Great tips! I was also wondering about the restrictions...was thinking of bringing primal "pudding" (basically mashed up fruit) that my kids love but I have a feeling it will be taken away!

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548 · January 06, 2013 at 5:30 PM

So I guess as long as I portion each liquid into 3.4 ounce containers I should be fine...

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5802 · January 06, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Don't premash the fruit - just take a fork and bowl with you (I have these plastic camping sporks that we love; wipe everything down after with a baby wipe). If you portion the almond butter out it should be okay (I use the tiny "snack" size baggies); no guarantees though! I live in a smaller town where security is not as rigid as some larger cities.

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699 · January 06, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Homemade jerky, veggie chips, nuts, fruit

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1307 · January 06, 2013 at 7:35 PM

If you do dairy, you could also bring string cheese.

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1042 · January 06, 2013 at 3:54 PM

  • 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)

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623 · January 06, 2013 at 3:30 PM

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!

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366 · January 06, 2013 at 3:14 PM

nuts and fruit - I've never had a problem travelling with either.

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