With mere weeks till school lets out for summer, lunchbox contents are looking a little blah. Bring some fun and flavor back to the lunchbox with these new and healthy packaged snacks.
Initially, we were both bewildered and skeptical that a combination of 31 fruits and veggies—from cabbage and Brussels sprouts to sweet potatoes and pomegranates—could possibly taste palatable. Thankfully, we were happily convinced upon tasting the creamy chocolate and bright berry-flavored smoothies, made with a scoop of Kidz Superfood, a fresh, sliced banana, a splash of milk and ice. Perfect for anti-veggie kids who rarely touch their side of fruit. In fact, a single scoop of this ultra-nutritious powder sneaks in up to nine daily recommended servings of rainbow-colored fruits and veggies.
Did you know that chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world? They have eight times more omega-3s than salmon, six times more calcium than milk, 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries, and the list goes on. Though these trendy seeds have taken the food world by storm, they can be hard to incorporate into a kid’s diet. Enter Mamma Chia’s innovative “vitality snack:” a combination of chia, fruit and vegetables in a portable pouch making it ideal for on-the-go snacking. The easy-squeeze container delivers fiber, protein, flavor and a totally wild texture at only 70 calories a pop.
Snip Chips are the perfect solution to crunchy, chip-like snacking sans unwelcome trans-fats. While the unique parsnip-coconut blend may sound a little funky, they taste anything but; in fact, they easily give popular potato chips a run for their money! Little ones will love the crazy flavors like Dill Pickle and Cheezy Herb Truffle. Even better, these crunchy bites deliver a hefty dose of fiber and vitamins that your average bag of chips can’t deliver.
Snackimals, a delicious cereal from Barbara’s, turns beloved animal crackers into a breakfast-worthy bowl of goodness that both kids and moms can get behind. Indeed, these tasty, organic goodies are made with whole grains, non-GMO ingredients, and clock in at only 7 grams of sugar per serving—a welcome alternative to popular sugar-laden cereals. At the same time, these healthy treats are also teeming with kid-friendly flavors like cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. Though Snackimals taste great in a classic bowl of milk, they can also be tossed with dried fruits and nuts for a lunchbox-worthy trail mix.
The search for healthy chips that still taste like beloved junk food ends now; Snikiddy’s Eat Your Vegetables chips deliver beyond compare. They manage to sneak a full serving of vegetables into every ounce—think kale, broccoli, mushrooms and carrots, to name a few. The unique blend of navy beans, potatoes and rice provide the perfect foundation for a full-bodied, flavorful chip that tastes delightfully hearty and crisp. Kids will gobble up flavors like addictive sour cream and onion and pizza-like Italian herb and olive oil. We guarantee that these veggie-packed chips will fool any skeptic when it comes to taste—and without the grease and trans fat that accompany regular potato chips, they also win an A-plus for health.
Conjure tasty flavors from your childhood with KettlePop’s kettle popcorn. Holding their snacks to the highest standard of freshness, KettlePop uses only a handful of simple, organic ingredients to assemble this ridiculously tasty treat. We adore the sea salt flavor, which has 0 grams of sugar or trans fat per serving, as well as the classic kettle corn, which boasts 3 grams of fiber and only 144 calories for more than 2 cups. Plus, we love that KettlePop is committed to producing non-GMO popcorn, and each delicious batch is handcrafted in authentic, fire-burning kettles for full-bodied flavor.
Bare’s dried apple chips are a fun and fruity alternative to classic potato chips; they retain a satisfying crunch while packing in added nutritional value. In fact, the only ingredient in Bare’s mouthwatering Fuji, Granny Smith, and Cinnamon Apple chips are apples! This simplistic approach is welcome by parents who want their kids to eat real, wholesome foods sans additives and preservatives. Indeed, while apples are always an awesome snack in our book, these apple chips are a super-convenient, low-cal alternative for families on the run. We love that this healthy baked fruit tastes just like apple pie, and without added sugars or preservatives, consider us converts!
Unlike most packaged cookie brands, these gluten-free goodies actually taste moist, chewy and fresh straight out of the box. Plus, unlike their unhealthy counterparts, these buttery-tasting cookies are actually much better for you! With a unique gluten-free flour blend, organic ingredients and low glycemic sweeteners, these cookies will satisfy your little one’s sweet tooth without compromising their health. Our favorite flavors include Double Chocolate and N’Oatmeal raisin, both boasting only 130 calories for two cookies!
Alive & Radiant’s kale chips will convert even the most reluctant greens eater with their delightful crunch and bold flavors. The Quite Cheezy flavor, ideal for dairy-free kids, is made using nutritional yeast—a vegan ingredient high in B-vitamins that lends the chips a distinctly cheesy taste. We also love the perfectly seasoned Southwest Ranch, which is full of bright, zesty flavor.
Dessert that masquerades as a snack? Count us in. Coco-Roons are a delicious raw treat made with organic, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients. These coconut-based bites taste totally indulgent and deceptively bad-for-you; after all, how could flavors like brownie bites and apple pie possibly be healthy? Luckily Coco-Roons are pure as can be. Naturally sweetened and made without refined sugars or processed ingredients, Coco-Roons make a perfect, guilt-free treat. We adore that this snack-dessert hybrid can be enjoyed day or night.
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