Posted: Mar 31, 2012 10:52 AM
We’ve all been there -- you’re out running errands in the morning and before you know it, you have a car full of hungry, cranky kids and you’re pretty hungry and cranky yourself. Instead of hitting the drive-thru, keep your purse stocked with a few quick, healthy snacks like these that will get all of your energies up until you can get home for some lunch.

Snacks for kids

When kids are hungry, they can also be pickier than usual, so be prepared with some snacks in your purse that you don't often give them at home. You also want to consider snacks that are easy to eat on the go -- nothing that requires a spoon or that will spill all over your kids so that you can let them fill up in the car without worrying about having to deep-clean it afterwards.

A hot new item on the snacking market are easy-to-eat packets filled with different types of apple sauce. They are sold by a variety of brands now and even include food that are appropriate for babies and toddlers.

We love that they are both healthy (many are made by companies who are dedicated to using organic ingredients) and easy to eat! Plus, they come in a wide-variety of flavors, some with a sneaky veggie or two in the mix, that your kids are sure to find one that hits the spot.

Other tasty ideas that are great for keeping in your purse (and kids love) are granola bars (choose ones that are low in sugar!), whole-grain crackers that are already divided into little plastic containers (to make sure they aren't crushed in your purse) and dried fruit in small quantities to avoid getting tummy aches.

Snacks for moms

If you aren't already on the raw nut bandwagon when it comes to snacks, you should be. It's amazing how only a small handful of raw almonds, for example, can fill your stomach and satisfy your hunger... and cure your cranky attitude!

Stock up on a box of protein bars to keep in your purse or in the car that are specially made for women -- some of them come in very tasty flavors (even cheesecake!) that will give you a little boost of sugar to make it home in one piece... and hopefully before you bite your kids' heads off!

Other tips for snacks on the go

Don't forget to keep fresh water handy when you're out running errands and try to avoid leaving plastic water bottles in the car where they can become overheated and undrinkable. Get each child (and yourself!) a dedicated car water bottle that can be filled before you head out the door!

Put a paper shopping bag in your car for snack-related garbage -- it will help cut down on any mess. Even gallon-sized zip-top plastic bags work great for passing around the car and filling with snack wrappers or empty juice boxes!

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