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travel snacks?

In What on 14 June 2011 at 3:24 pm
Khiyali tender coconut

The author’s daughter sipping nariyal-pani through a straw.

What all do you carry with you as snack or in between eats for toddlers when you travel?
– Mama of a 2.5 year old in Dallas

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In India: Refreshing tender coconut satisfies the munchies and quenches thirst. It is so great to find it at almost any bus stop, train station or marketplace.

Traditional travel snacks like khakra, tepla keep for a few days. Homemade cookies, muffins, or crackers are useful when a journey takes longer than expected. Don’t be put off by the subtitle, but I have gotten nice travel snacks from Bankeraika‘s

When they’re old enough, peanut butter is easy to carry around and one can get “whole wheat” bread nowadays in most food shops. I am not sure how whole it is, but it seems to be less empty than white. A bite of sandwich and bite of fruit like banana, chiku, orange, etc. makes jam unnecessary.

From hotels some options for the very young are: boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, raw tomatoes, idli, boiled chickpeas … sometimes we still order these when everything else on the menu is too spicy.

Things to stash in tiffin dabbas are: 1. puffed grains or rice cakes. 2. fresh fruit / veggies. 3. dry fruit like raisins, dates 4. nuts if they are old enough.

Insert nut in date after removing pit.  Use peanut, cashew, almond or any other nut.  Don't eat the clerodendrum!

Insert nut in date after removing pit. 


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