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If it isn't good for you, it's no good for your kids, either. Here's the right way to snack — deliciously and healthily.
By Mandy Oaklander and Diana Kelly, Prevention
It’s back-to-school time, and if you’ve got kids at home, that probably means your pantry is jammed with family packs of snacks that aren't good for you and aren't good for your children — but man, are they convenient. With all of the new foods on the market, the snack aisle can be a daunting place for a health-conscious mom who’s trying to feed her kids nutritious foods and avoid unnecessary temptations for herself.
“When it comes to snacking, what’s good for the child is good for the parent,” says Elizabeth Ward, RD, author of MyPlate For Moms, How to Feed Yourself and Your Family Better. "I don’t make a distinction between what kids are eating for snacks vs. what parents should be eating. You can feed kids of all ages the same foods; you change the portion sizes."
Ward says snacks should consist of whole foods whenever possible and should contain protein and carbs and fiber if you can squeeze it in, too.
We know you’re going to want to munch on your kids’ snacks, too. That’s why we found the healthiest options out there. Here, six healthy kids’ snacks moms and dads will want to steal.
See which kid snacks to add to your healthy diet after the break!
1. Quinn Popcorn
These are the purest pops you can buy in a bag. Quinn is organic and non-GMO — plus it comes in a compostable, microwavable bag free of chemicals (which is good news considering the recent study linking chemicals in microwave popcorn to heart disease). And forget the fake butter flavor: Quinn’s doesn’t contain any preservatives or additives, and the parmesan cheese is rBGH-free. We absolutely adore the Vermont Maple & Sea Salt flavor for a sweet after-school treat that’s totally nontoxic.
MSRP: $4.99 per box (two packages in each)
Available: Amazon, Whole Foods Markets, Dean & DeLuca, select Shaw’s supermarkets, Abesmarket.com, Mom’s Organic Market, and independent markets across the country.
2. Crunchies Roasted Veggies
Freeze-dried vegetables can easily make a fussy eater change her mind. As a plus for mom, these Roasted Veggies are simple and pure, containing nothing but corn, peas, carrots, tomatoes, and red peppers. And they’re fun for kids, with a delightful snap and a surprising sweetness that’ll keep them reaching for more. Just one serving has 150 percent of your daily vitamin A and vitamin C — and it equals a serving of vegetables.
MSRP: $4.99 for a 2.25-ounce package
Available: Whole Foods, Vons, Ralphs, Lassen's, Sprouts, Shaw's, Wegmans, Stop and Shop, Piggly Wiggly, Giant Eagle, Kinney Drugs, Kerr Drug, Rite Aid, walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Amazon.com, GNC, and other stores across the country.
3. Giddy Up & Go Granola
Giddy Up & Go delivers on its promise: with five grams of protein, a ton of MUFAs, and only organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free ingredients, it’s one of the cleanest forms of energy your kid’s breakfast bowl has ever seen. Best of all, you both will love the taste: it’s perfectly sweetened with organic agave nectar and has just eight grams of sugar.
MSRP: $6.99 for 11-ounce bag
Available: Peet’s Coffee & Tea nationwide, select Whole Foods
4. Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt
Nothing makes the end of a school day sweeter than an ice-cold Popsicle. Unfortunately, most are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. But not these treats: each creamy Yasso bar is made with probiotic-rich Greek yogurt, hormone-free milk, and 15 percent of your daily calcium. We love the muted sugar and creamy consistency (our favorite is strawberry). And every flavor has only 70 calories and packs a whole six grams of protein!
Available: Natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway, Wegmans, Costco, and BJ’s
5. GoGo squeeZ
Step aside, cup and spoon. GoGo squeeZ — applesauce in a squeezable, resealable, BPA-free pouch — is the ultimate on-the-go snack. Toss it in her lunch box, and you’ll feel great knowing that she’s slurping just 60 calories, no artificial flavors, no artificial sugars, and no preservatives. (The pouches even come in organic.) But dieting Moms, beware: it contains 12 grams of sugar, which isn’t bad for applesauce, but don’t go overboard!
MSRP: $2.99 for four-pack
Available: Major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target, Costco, Kroger, and Whole Foods
6. Way Better Snacks
Have your kids ever begged for you to pack chips alongside their sandwiches? With Way Better Snacks, you can finally feel good about doing it. They’re made from organic sprouted whole grains and seeds, sunflower oil, and quinoa, to name a few of the wholesome ingredients. And forget grease. These gluten-free, GMO-free munchies are our new favorite chips, especially the Sweet Chili and Sweet Potato flavors. Oh, and they’re packed with MUFAs, include no cholesterol and low sodium, and contain no sugar. You’ll be a sprouted convert by the first bite.
Available: Whole Foods, Wegmans, The Fresh Market, specialty grocery stores