June 29, 2016

Food to Pack for a Day Out

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Food to Pack for a Day Out

In the summer, we are always doing something fun. Take this past weekend for example, one night we had a family BBQ, another night we had a family birthday and the next day, we went to a parade/BBQ. Along with that, we went to our local pool, a bike trip to the splash pad and on a couple of walks. I love to be busy and make the most of summer so that often means being out from the house when it comes to mealtime.

I have a huge summer bucket list that I cannot wait to start tackling. This includes trips to every splash pad and park we can find, zoo trips, a visit to Michigan State University to visit their gardens and dairy store, etc. We want to visit family and have a couple of Michigan vacations planned. Can't wait!!

Pack all of your snacks in a cooler with ice packs to keep it cold.

I have always been a big snacker and never leave the house without food and this has been even more so since I had my daughter. She loves to eat and even on a 45 minute walk, she often begs for snacks even if we just had dinner. When we are only going somewhere for an hour or two, I just grab some bars or fruit or something.

When we will be gone most of the day, I need to think a little bit more strategically about packing food that is healthy, filling and delicious for my family and I. We are lucky that Adalyn is an excellent eater and will pretty much eat anything. I try to make our snacks balanced with fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy and whole-grains.

For a day out, here are some food ideas to pack:

1. Fruit






2. Sliced vegetables

-Bell peppers




-Vegetable kebabs

3. Whole-grains

-Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

4. Protein

-String cheese

-Hard boiled eggs


5. Dairy

-String cheese

-Greek yogurt

I have been packing our food up in these awesome Glad sandwich bags (now sold at Kroger stores) with characters from one of Adalyn's favorite movies on them. They seal well, are big enough to hold a bunch of snacks and are cute. These would be great for back to school time to send in kids lunches as well. To find out where you can buy these, use the store locator.

Since plain sliced vegetables can be boring, we got these Hidden Valley Light Ranch cups from Kroger which are individually sealed and are great for taking on a trip. They do not need to be refrigerated ahead of time which makes them easy for taking on the go. I like the light version best.

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  1. I love the idea of packing the Ranch to Go with veggies. Thanks for sharing the ideas.


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