If motherhood has taught me one thing, it’s that I should always be prepared. Whether it’s for a playdate or errand running, it really does help the day go a whole lot smoother when I stay a step ahead. And I don’t know about you, but having a toddler (or in my case, a Zara) who is well-fed is essential to getting the most out of the moments we are trying so hard to cherish.
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Summer is in full swing and it’s honestly one of my favorite times of the year. With all the events, activities and longer days, there sure is plenty of time for fun! And since Zara is older and more aware of what’s going on this year, I have been looking forward to what this particular summer has in store for us.
Especially the food.
I don’t know why but I love catching her get lost in whatever she’s eating, and what’s more, I love that she can help me decide what she wants to eat. So when I ask her if she wants Cheerios™ for breakfast and she let’s out a ‘yay!’, it truly makes my heart leap for joy! I want her to find the joys in everything. And I, like any mother, just love making her happy in the simplest ways.
When we go about our daily life, it’s no different. Snacks are key to getting things accomplished and the key to surviving your toddler’s ‘toddler moments’. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prolonged shopping trips because I brought a cup of Cheerios™, which I found at my local Walmart. Cheerios™ snacks are lifesavers! But most of all, they let me enjoy the best version of my little.
They also help me save money! When she’s loaded with snacks, I don’t have to stress out and try to find the nearest fast food joint. Really the best money-saving trick is to have a plan and be prepared.
Toddler Trail Mix:
- Handful of Cheerios™
- Handful of salted peanuts
- Handful of raisins
- Handful of marshmallows
- Handful of chocolate chips
And voila! An instant toddler snack that’s packed with variety and ‘yummy goods’ as Zara would say. Although if your kiddo is allergic to peanuts, then you might want to nix those and try pretzel sticks instead. It’s the easiest snack you’ll ever make and you can pat yourself on the back for having averted a meltdown in public.
–XOXO Camille Elena