On the Go with your Toddler

Life with a toddler is busy! From early mornings, to preparing meals and snacks, to playing…there is never a moment to stop.

In our home, my little man and I are always on the go. Because we live out of the city in a rural community, any trip we take is at least 30 minutes in the car, which means we are usually never home for lunch. In the summer I pack a picnic and wherever we end up we have a delicious, healthy, home cooked meal.

Our picnics usually occur in our favourite parks, depending where we are, and always include water. We both love being by the water and enjoy sitting on a blanket, usually under a tree, eating and watching the water. Bliss.

Here’s a peak at what it usually looks like once I have prepped our picnic and we are ready to go:

As you can see, our Wean Green cubes always head out with us. On this particular day, they were filled with cashews and a homemade muffin. Inside the large tiffin was a salad for me, raw vegetables, hummus and crackers and fresh fruit. The smaller stainless containers held snacks – a crispy rice square and more fruit.

It doesn’t matter where we are; my little man and I always enjoy a wonderful lunch together.

And just in case you too are leading a busy life with your toddler, here’s an easy to prepare kid friendly snack which can be taken on picnics, in the car or enjoyed at home.

Crispy Rice Squares!

½ cup brown rice syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin seed butter or tahini (could also use a combination of these)

5 cups organic brown rice crisps cereal

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

2 tbsp hemp seeds

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp sesame seeds

Heat brown rice syrup, vanilla and almond butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat until the mixture is easy to stir.  Remove from heat.  Working quickly, add the dry ingredients and stir well to coat.  Divide mixture into a baking pan and press flat.  Let cool and cut into squares.  Extras keep well in the freezer.