I don't know if you noticed or not, but I can be kinda, a little bit OCD about some things. I know, I know! It's a shocker. But if you remember my post about what I pack in my "Emergency Summer Bag" that I keep in my truck at all times, you might agree with me about the whole OCD thing. But if you don't believe me, I am going to go ahead and give you some more ammo about my control issues! Actually with the above link, I noticed I already alluded to what snacks I pack but since I already took pictures and decided to write a post about it, I am going to go ahead and do it!
Anyway, so a few days ago, I decided that the boys and I were going to head out for the day. So I immediately started packing a snack/lunch box with lunch and some snacks in it just in case we were out later then I expected (which by the way we were!). I don't like to be unprepared. I DO like running around and staying as far away from my house and household duties during the summer. And I do have a confession, my boys and I get along MUCH better when we are not home! So when the weather is nice, I try to be gone as much as possible.
But I hate the nagging complaint of, "I'm hungry!" And being gone as much as we are, we would be eating out all the time, which is not healthy for our bodies nor for our budget. So in the mornings before heading out I make up a bag of goodies. This way I can keep track and control what the boys are eating and save some mullah while I'm at it. But don't be misguided, we do our fair share of getting ice cream from Dairy Queen or a Sonic happy hour drinks, or even a cheeseburger at a fast food joint *gasp*.
And I also loathe watching a perfectly fun afternoon at the park go quickly down the drain because of a low blood sugar episode.
So yesterday here is what I packed. If we are going to be gone until late afternoon, I always pack a lunch, a morning snack and an afternoon snack and also an emergency snack (which won't spoil if I forget about it in the lunch box not that I EVER forget the contents of the lunch box in the truck, over night, ranch dressing...).
*Side note: Have you seen these? They are from Glad. They come with a small container that attaches to the lid of the larger one so you can pack dip with your veggies and it stays all together. I think it's brilliant!
I alluded to it above, but I do like to control what the boys put into their bodies as much as possible. I always pack a variety of fruits and veggies because it's amazing what the kids will eat when they truly are hungry from running around the park. I always offer them those first before the "fun" snacks! Sneaky, sneaky!
- low sodium Boar's head turkey with low sodium Boar's Head White American cheese on a whole wheat tortilla. I have made tortillas in the past and everyone loves them in cooked dishes, but for roll-ups it is mandatory from Evan that I buy the "ones in the package!"
- Carrots and Broccoli with Ranch dip (I have found the best taster natural brand to be Simply Dressed by Marzetti)
- Trader Joe's Apple Sauce in the pouch
- Trader Joe's Fiberful granola bars
- Trader Joe yogurt
- Trader Joe's Baked cheese curls
- Chocolate chip cookies
And of course you can't forget about drinks, especially during the hot summer days. I listed these Thermos Funtainer Bottles a few years ago on a "Things I love Thursday" Post. And yes they are still high on my list. I purchased another set this year. Completely keeps water cold all day long! Love them! :
Some other items I swap in and out of from the list above: z bars, pb&j sandwiches, other fresh fruit such as blueberries and strawberries, fruit bars, cheez-its, cheese and crackers.
Do I pack this way every day? NO!
Yesterday, because I knew Jeremy wouldn't be home for dinner, I packed just some water bottles and granola bars. I decided that "to heck with eating healthy we are going to eat some fast food." And we did ;-)
I usually never leave home without water and some sort of bar (energy, z, larabar, granola) for the "emergencies".
So, have I convinced you that I can be a little bit off my rocker about always being prepared? How about you, do you pack enough snacks for all the possibilities, just an emergency snack, no snack "deal with it kid" or rely on stopping and getting snacks along the way? I would love to hear what you do while you're out and about! Also, do you have a go-to snack that I missed! I am always looking for new snack ideas for the boys!