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10 Snack Ideas to Pack in Your Toddler’s Silicone Cup or Bag

When you’re on the go with kids, snacks are non-negotiable. But what should you pack? These toddler snack ideas are all crowd-pleasers—and they fit perfectly in OXO’s Tot silicone bags and cups.

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There’s always a lot to keep in mind when you’re traveling with toddlers, whether you’re flying to visit family or simply strolling over to your neighborhood park. And often, planning healthy meals and snacks is top of mind so you can ward off hungry meltdowns when you’re away from home.

When it comes to snacking on the go, not only do you want to make sure you have something nutritious and handy, but you also need to pack it smart to limit the risk of leaking liquids or ending up with a bag full of crumbled crackers.

To make the process much easier—and eco-friendly—try packing your child’s bites in OXO’s Tot silicone bags and cups. They’re reusable, durable, and make for mess-free storage, no matter where you are.

Read on for why toddlers need snacks, the low-down on high-quality silicone, and the best snacks to pack when you’re on the go.

silicone cup with crackers
silicone cup with crackers

Are snacks healthy for toddlers?

Yes! Not only are snacks healthy for toddlers, they’re actually an important part of their daily nutrition. The reason: Little kids are more intent on exploring the world(Opens in a new window) than slowing down to finish their fish sticks and carrots, which means supplementing their meals with snacks is key. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics(Opens in a new window), most kids have one snack a day.

But don’t get too hung up on the “healthy” part of snacking—no need to carry around a pouch full of leftover peas. Instead, try to avoid sugary, salty processed foods in favor of snacks that’ll fill a hole in your tot’s diet, which often means more fruits and veggies to make up for those that get picked over at mealtime (see below for fun, nutritious snack ideas).

How to Pack Snacks the Smart Way: Choose Durable, High-Quality Silicone

After many uses and lots of scrubbing, regular plastic cups tend to show streaks, scratches, and faded colors. And plastic baggies are usually dumped after a single use. But durable silicone snack cups and bags won’t degrade with use, and they clean up beautifully in the dishwasher. The OXO Tot silicone bag set is safe to pop in the freezer and microwave. These nifty containers even flip inside out for easy cleaning and drying!

silicone bag with snacks
silicone bag with snacks

The Benefits of OXO Tot Silicone Bags and Cups

Here are a few of the many reasons these silicone toddler products are worth adding to cart:

  • Smart, attractive design: The well-designed cup shape fits most car and stroller cup holders and the stylish shades (opal, blossom, dusk) feel modern yet classic. Toddler fingers can easily grip the bags’ tabs and cup handles as well as open the soft top flap all by themselves. And see-through cup bottoms and bags make it quick to determine if you’re running out of Goldfish and need to resupply.
  • Solid, secure seal: You likely rarely entertained the idea of carrying around liquids or anything wet for a snack—particularly in the car!—before these genius products arrived. But now you can rest easy since drips are eliminated when using the Tot silicone snack cup with a lid. The lid snaps tightly to prevent spills in transport and is easy for any age to open and reclose.
  • The perfect gift: Is a new baby on the way in your circle? The two-tone combinations here offer traditional hues (there’s a pink and blue cup in each) as well as a chic light green, making them a sweet, thank-me-later gift for any new parent who has yet to understand the need of solid on-the-go products. You can even create a grow-with-me bundle that pairs a bottle brush and a stand and baby food containers with the silicone bags or cups for the toddler months down the road.

The 10 Best Toddler Snacks to Pack While on the Go

Are you fresh out of ideas in the snacking department? We’ve got the classics here, plus some under-the-radar picks so you can delight your tot with something yummy every time those hunger pangs strike. 

Whether you’re in the car, at the playground, or on a flight, these snacks—packed in the right containers—will be a stress- and mess-free way to keep everyone happy. And don’t forget to keep your little one hydrated with this leak-free transition straw cup that’s perfect when you’re on the move.

Fresh fruit

Choose your tot’s fav in this category—and you can’t go wrong.

  • Watermelon cubes
  • Clementine sections
  • Quartered grapes
  • Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
  • Banana slices
  • Pieces of pear
  • Small chunks of ripe mango

Veggies

Cut veggies in thin strips or add a ridged edge for visual appeal.

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery
  • Steamed edamame
  • Zucchini coins
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Cooked sweet potato
  • Shaved asparagus

silicone cup in stroller with crackers
silicone cup in stroller with crackers

Proteins 

Leftovers make up a big part of this category—let last night’s dinner be your guide.

  • Sliced roast chicken
  • Flaked canned tuna
  • Cooked beans (chickpeas, kidney, black beans)
  • Crispy tofu cubes

Cereal and crackers

Be sure to bring along a roll-up bib with its handy crumb catcher.

  • Cheerios
  • Chex
  • Wheat thins
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Rice cakes

Chips and Dips

Kids love to dip—place your dip of choice at the bottom of a snack cup and then insert veggie sticks or chips standing up.

  • Hummus with whole grain chips
  • Guacamole and veggie sticks
  • Tzatziki and mini pitas 
  • Nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew) and pretzels

Soup

Yes—soup! It’s very sippable from a cup and can be reheated before you hit the road.

  • Chicken noodle
  • Tomato soup
  • Black bean
  • Alphabet soup
  • Minestrone

Dairy

This easy-to-pack snack is rich in protein to fuel your tot during an outing that runs long.

  • Cheddar cheese cubes
  • A slice of Swiss
  • Mozzarella string cheese
  • Babybel round cheese snacks
  • A scoop of Greek yogurt with some no-sugar jam or sliced fruit to dip in

silicone bags with fruit
silicone bags with fruit

Leftovers

Pack a fork and spoon set for on-the-go bites like these.

  • Mac and cheese
  • Chili
  • Pizza bites
  • Meatloaf with ketchup to dip
  • Quesadilla, cut into quarters

Smoothies

Blend your tot’s fav fruit with a milk product and tote it in a cup, like soup.

  • Greek yogurt and pineapple
  • Kefir and bananas
  • Strawberries and softened frozen yogurt
  • Blackberries and whole milk yogurt

Sandwiches

Eating at a park picnic table or rest area? Assemble sandwiches and other bites on a toddler plate.

  • Whole wheat bread and almond butter
  • Egg salad or tuna salad in a pita pocket
  • Turkey and cheese tortilla pinwheels
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Smashed avocado and cucumber on rye

Going on vacation soon? We’ve for 12 kid-friendly road trips snacks to keep the hangries away. And if midday meals at your house are just ho-hum, check out these five ways to make toddler lunch way more enticing.

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