8 Packaged Snacks Your Kids Will Love and You Won't Hate Giving Them
In a perfect world, every morsel of food that went into your kids’ mouths (and your own) would be handmade from the freshest, healthiest ingredients. In reality, sometimes you just need to open the cabinet, pull out a granola bar and get on with your life. Here are eight packaged snacks you don’t have to feel bad about giving to your clan.
Justin's Snack Packs
These lunch-box-ready snacks packs come in six flavors, like banana chip-honey peanut butter and pretzel-maple almond butter, and contain five grams of protein per serving. They’re also low in calories (190 per serving) and sugar, and, most importantly, are the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy and creamy.
Annie's Homegrown White Cheddar Popcorn
Movie night on the horizon? Annie’s organic white cheddar popcorn is gluten-free and dusted with real cheese, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives to be found. There are also eight grams of whole grains per serving, which is about 20 percent of what the average kid should be eating daily.
Stretch Island Fruit Strips
These are just like fruit roll-ups, only made with real fruit (seriously the only ingredients are real fruit juice and fruit puree concentrate) and not gross and waxy to the touch.
If by “granola bar,” your kid really means “cookie,” it might be time for a pantry upgrade. Made with whole grains, fruit and nuts and bound with honey, Kind bars come in dozens of varieties (we’re partial to blueberry pecan and peanut butter and strawberry), and contain no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. Plus, you can pronounce all of the ingredients on the label.
Buddy Fruits Fruit Tubes
These portable tubes are made with 100 percent pure blended fruit puree and come in three flavors (apple, apple and berry and banana berry). While they’re great at room temperature, we like storing them in the freezer for a fro-yo-like treat.
Sabra Hummus with Pretzels
These perfectly portioned snack packs contain an impressive ten grams of protein per pack, plus no cholesterol or trans fat. Who knows? Maybe you can even get your kiddo to swap the pretzels for a carrot or two.
OK, so these aren’t actively healthy, but if your kids are craving something light and crunchy, these chips, which are air-popped instead of fried, will do the trick. Low in fat and sugar, they’re pretty harmless as a once-in-a-while treat.
You’ve probably seen these guys in Starbucks, and there’s a reason they’re so popular—they taste like candy, but are actually just dried pieces of fruit (apples, pineapples, bananas and mangoes) with no preservatives or fillers. In other words, you’re going to want a stash for yourself too.