This has always been the trickiest part of weaning for me – being able to take food out for Indy without having the luxury of a microwave or an oven to reheat. Unless we go for lunch or dinner where he can have part of our meal, he’s still not at the stage where there is any point ordering his own meal.
I’d strongly recommend getting a small cool bag, to keep any drinks and snacks in – I found this easier rather than keeping them in the baby bag where a banana could easily get crushed! Small snack pots are also really helpful to keep the right size portion of food in, so you don’t have to take huge tupperwares out.
As opposed to having specific recipes for meals and snacks to take out with us, I have a selection of go-to foods that I can easily prepare and quickly grab. All are fuss-free and I know Indy will definitely eat them which makes for much less stress. I also avoid giving them these things when he eats at home, as I find he isn’t bored of them when he gets given them when we are out.
Tuna and sweetcorn pasta salad with yoghurt
I can quickly cook up a pasta salad and this can be eaten cold. I just add some tinned tuna, and sweetcorn and/or peas, and a some yoghurt for a dressing.
Cheese spread sandwich on milk roll
This is a fail-safe, as my child LOVES bread! I still give him milk roll for sandwiches, as it has the most calcium and lowest salt content, and use cheese triangles as the filling.
Wholemeal mini pitta breads with hummus
I either fill the pitta with hummus, or if using a pot of frozen hummus, just chop the pitta into fingers and dip. Using the pots of hummus is really easy, just take out in the morning and they will defrost while you are out and about for lunch time, and it means must less mess if eating on the go.
Cheddar cheese sticks / Babybel
This is a really easy one – chop up some cheese into fingers, or just take a Babybel!
Cooked chicken pieces
Again, I can quickly cook some chicken before I leave, and this can also be eaten cold.
Roasted chantenay carrots
This is a bit of a strange one to have cold, but Indy loves them. They are the perfect size to quickly cook and to take out with us in a small tub. I’ve also tried roasted peppers and sweet potato, and he also loved these cold.
Mini bread sticks
I buy these in a big box and just take a few out with us – I find these are good to tide Indy over as they take a while to chew.
These are from my recipe for baby-led snacks – I just take one out of the freezer, and it defrosts while we are out and about.
These are also from my recipe for baby-led snacks, and just take out of the freezer to defrost before we leave. They are easy for Indy to eat and he still enjoys them when cold.
Bananas / Oranges
These are the easiest thing to take out with you as they dont need preparing and they come in their own packaging! You can literally eat bananas and oranges anywhere, so i always make sure I have them in the house to grab in emergencies.
Other fruits that i find easy to take out are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and grapes (cut into quarters). All are a good dessert after lunch or dinner, or as an accompaniment to a snack.