5 Snacks That Fit Perfectly In a Stroller Cupholder

published May 4, 2022
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Busy moms know a well-stocked bag always includes snacks. When either you or your little ones need a nibble on-the-go, it’s convenient if these treats can easily fit in the cupholder of your stroller. As a doting aunt to three little girls (5, 3, and 1) with my own daughter on the way soon, I have come to love the cupholder feature on a stroller. There’s no need to search the depths of a diaper bag for a bite when you can keep it within arm’s reach.

Thinking ahead as a new mom and reflecting back on my experiences with my nieces, I came up with 5 stroller snacks for all stages of early childhood. Best of all, they all fit in an eco-friendly and reusable mason jar with a lid, which fits perfectly in most stroller cupholders.

1. On-the-Go Muffins

A batch of muffins will freeze beautifully and defrost well for a snack. I like to keep a batch of bran or oat muffins on hand for a nutritious treat. Best of all, as you can see in the photo above, you can put a couple in a mason jar and they will stay safe and sound until you or the kids are ready for a snack. Definitely better than discovering a squashed muffin at the bottom of your bag.

2. Make-Ahead Iced Latte

Ah, coffee. I have definitely missed my caffeine fix during pregnancy and I know I will need that boost once my baby comes. Since my daughter won’t be on solid foods for a while, I can use the cupholder for my own treats. I love to prepare make-ahead iced lattes and keep them in the fridge for a grab-and-go option in the morning. All you have to do is make your favorite cold brew or espresso the night before, sweeten as desired, and add some milk or milk alternative. Store in a mason jar with a lid and refrigerate until morning. Add a few ice cubes on your way out the door and you are all set.

3. Lactation Cookies

My third tip for a stroller snack: lactation cookies. This is for new moms who are breastfeeding. I recently made a batch of nutritious lactation cookies from Kitchn, and they are stored in the freezer until the time comes that I might need them. I made the cookies small enough to fit several in a mason jar so I can easily snack on them to keep my energy up while breastfeeding.

4. Hidden Spinach Smoothie

Once your child can start enjoying solid foods and has passed the peanut allergy test period, you can introduce them to new flavors and textures. I have always loved making what I call a “hidden spinach” smoothie. Simply combine a banana, a handful of spinach, some milk, and powdered peanut butter in a high-powered blender with ice. You can’t taste the spinach at all in this smoothie; it really just tastes like a peanut butter and banana milkshake! If you are worried your kid will scoff at the green color, simply place it in a dark colored sippy cup instead of a mason jar with a straw.

5. Goldfish Crackers

Of course, not all snacks need to be homemade. There’s always the busy mom standby, goldfish crackers. They fit well in a mason jar in the stroller cup holder making them easy to share with a hungry toddler. In fact, Julia Child herself was a huge fan of these cheesy little crackers and even used to serve them at dinner parties! Inevitably, when the time comes that I don’t have the energy to make a special treat, it’s comforting to know that this classic snack received Julia’s stamp of approval.