Summer is finally here and many families are planning vacations. Traveling with little ones can be rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work! Whether you’re taking a road trip, flying abroad, or heading to the cabin or beach house, check out our mom-approved tips to keep healthy eating simple and easy.
Maintain a regular eating schedule
Part of the joy of vacation is a break from routine. But, not at the expense of a pre-dinner meltdown! As best as possible, keep the timing of meals and snacks close to your typical schedule. Not only does this provide some predictability for tiny tummies, but it may also help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent kids from getting over-hungry, making a fast-food pit stop much less tempting.
Keep healthy, portable snacks on-hand
One of the ultimate keys to a healthy vacation (and life)! No matter what type of vacation you’re planning, having healthy snacks ready keeps bellies full (added bonus: it also keeps toddlers entertained). Some easy snack ideas for toddlers can include:
- KABRITA goat milk yogurt and fruit pouches: portable, tasty, kid-approved, and they don’t need to be refrigerated!
- Make-ahead carrot muffins: we love to individually wrap them and pack for long drives
- Individually portioned containers of kid-favorites, such as trail mix, cut up fruit, veggie sticks, and homemade popcorn
- A fun new water bottle or sippy cup: fill with water and add lemon, cucumber and/or berries to encourage water over juice and soda, prevent spills, and reduce plastic waste
Plan ahead for food sensitivities
Traveling with children with food sensitivities may seem difficult, but a little planning can go a long way. Where possible, choose accommodations with access to a kitchen, so you don’t need to eat out at every meal.
Bring along your go-to snacks, and sensitivity-friendly ingredients that may be difficult to find away from home. For toddlers avoiding cow’s milk, consider bringing a tin or two of KABRITA Goat Milk Formula*; for older children avoiding cow’s milk, KABRITA whole goat milk powder* may be a solution. Both are easily portable and can be used in place of cow’s milk.
Fill the nutrient gaps
No matter how hard we try, it’s tricky to eat our best during vacation. For older kids, a high quality multivitamin may be enough to give them a boost. For toddlers, it’s important to also ensure adequate protein and fat to keep up with their rapidly growing bodies and brains. KABRITA goat milk toddler formula provides easy to digest protein, a premium fat blend, and contains iron, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and calcium.
A little food planning can go a long way to keeping kids healthy during summer vacations. Do your best, but don’t stress about days that may fall short – just be sure to enjoy every minute of your time together – that’s what memories are made of.
*not suitable in cow’s milk protein allergy