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.