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I am on the search for “somethin’.” In Commuter Girl’s world that means a snack. I think she must have heard me asking her if she wanted something to eat and now she just asks for “something.” It cracks me up what she picks up. Tonight she was flipping through a book and told me she had a b.a.t.h. Wow. I know, she got the word wrong, but she spelled it right!

Anyway, I digress. Commuter Girl gets in the car and immediately wants a snack. And, not just one snack, but multiple snacks. She’ll eat a little bit and then ask for “somethin’” else. I know I should probably offer her one thing and if she doesn’t want that she’s out of luck, but I’d rather not deal with the argument, to be perfectly honest. I’m looking for good car snacks that are reasonably healthy. Oh, and easy to clean up since a large percentage of the food will end up in Commuter Girl’s hair, on the floor, in the car seat, on the door, and on her hands.

We found some organic animal crackers, and she seems to like pretzel sticks. The big find recently was Late July’s organic bite-size cheddar cheese crackers. Raisins haven’t gone over so well — she’ll eat one or two and then move on. She loves popcorn, but I’m not a huge fan of her sitting in the back seat eating popcorn while I’m driving. I try to bring fruit, but other than grapes it just gets too messy. Maybe I’ll go to Whole Foods and just wander the aisles.


  1. Anonymous April 8, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Our toddler loves oyster crackers in the car. Also Goldfish and Cheerios. May be worth a try!

  2. Anonymous April 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    What about offering her a snack that has a variety of parts so she won’t get bored — like trail mix. Make your own with nuts, seeds, dried fruit (maybe a chocolate chip or two if she’s been good), or buy one of the hundreds of varieties out there. Also, Whole Foods sells fried veggies that are just veggies fried in oil. They’re very crunchy and our doctor actually recommended them to us. The green beans are amazing, but again, if your looking for variety, they have a mixed kind that has green beans, carrots, plaintains and a few other things. The veggies get a sweet taste, though there’s no sugar added (the process must bring out the natural sugars). And they look cool so that might win some favor from veggie resistent kids.

  3. Anonymous April 30, 2008 at 2:54 am

    my son loves freeze dried organic fruit and organic fruit strips as a snack. both work well in the car and he’s pretty content with one or the other for a while because it’s sweet, but of course, it’s naturally sweet…no sugar added(check the label to be sure if it’s something that concerns you). you can find both products at your local whole foods or trader joe’s. good luck~!

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