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Guilt-Free Packaged Snacks for Kids Sources: Rains, Amy, “Healthy Store-Bought Snacks for Kids”, Wholesomelicious, http://www.wholesomelicious. com/healthy-store-bought-snacks-for-kids/ “Healthy Packaged Snacks & Sides for the Lunchbox”, Parents.com, https://www.parents.com/recipes/nutri- tion/healthy-packaged-snacks-sides-for-the-lunchbox/ Article Brought To You By: Snack Mates If your kids are beef stick lovers, then this is a great snack for them. Snack Mates are antibiotic and hormone free. They’re on the pricier side, selling at around forty dollars for forty sticks, but GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019 d o Ki s, I G 855 Moro Drive Gilroy • gokids.org gmhtoday.com Fa GoGo Squeez Applesauce Fruit and Veggies This fun, squeezable applesauce is a hit with kids and they’ve come out with a new line of combos that sneak veggies in too. They have fl avors like apple, grape and berry, which all have a hidden veggie, like sweet potato, carrot, or butternut squash. Kids don’t even notice the veggies in it! If your kids are especially picky eaters, you may have to go through some trial and error before you find the right snacks for them. Thankfully, what’s great about many healthy snacks these days are that they’re disguised as normal treats while sneaking in fruits and vegetables that children barely notice. If you keep an eye out for snacks with the good ingredient, high nutrient combo, you’re sure to find something that’s the perfect fit for your kids. 72 Go Organically/Annie’s Fruit Snacks What kid doesn’t love fruit snacks? Both Go Organically and Annie’s fruit snacks are made with real fruit and don’t come with all of the extra sugar, artifi cial fl avors and food dyes of normal fruit snacks. Both are about thirteen dollars for 42 bags, making them affordable as well. Ruby Rockets Veggie and Fruit Pops Available in many delicious fruit fl avors, Ruby Rockets are one of the only pop- sicles that don’t have any added sugars. They also have hidden veggie purees, ranging from organic beets to sweet po- tatoes, so that your kids are getting more nutrients than the average popsicle treat. RX Bar These are great snacks for adults and kids alike. They’re high in protein and healthy fats and have a high overall Off The Eaten Path Veggie Crisps These veggie crisps combine rice, peas, and black beans into a yummy blend of fi ber and protein. They have a great texture and crunch that kids will love. These can be a bit on the pricier side, but the high nutrient content makes them worth it. Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn This popcorn has only three ingredients: popcorn, oil, and sea salt. Even though it’s air popped, it still has a lot of fl avor. This is a great, high fi ber, low calorie snack for kids ages four and up. Lara Bar Minis These closely resemble homemade energy bites with only a few ingredients in them. They also come in small snack sized packages to help with portion control and they are in a cheaper price range than a lot of other healthy snacks. Harvest Snaps Not only do these come in a variety of tasty fl avors, but they pack a lot of pro- tein and fi ber into a really small serving. They’re also really affordable. the ingredients are clean and approved, unlike the cheaper brands. Enjoy Life Chewy Bars These bars are great for kids who have food allergies or sensitivities. They are free of gluten, nuts, soy, dairy, and eggs. They’re a bit high in the sugar depart- ment, but loaded with healthy fats. nutrient density. They come in a variety of tasty kids fl avors, the most popular of which is the chocolate. The only down side is that the price can be a bit steep, so keep an eye out for sales and deals. I n today’s hectic modern world, we might not always have the time to prepare healthy homemade snacks for our kids. When you’re on the go all day, packaged snacks can be a lifesaver. The problem is fi nding ones that aren’t fi lled with junk. Thankfully, there are a variety of healthy packaged snacks out there if you know what to look for: Typically, the less processed the snack is, the better it is for your little one. The easiest way to tell is by looking at the ingredient list. Unhealthy snacks will be loaded with artificial flavorings, colorings, and preservatives you can scarcely pronounce, while healthier snacks tend to have a shorter list with quality ingredients. Another way to tell is to keep an eye out for snacks that are high in some type of nutrient, like protein, fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins B and C. Also pay attention to how much sugar the snacks have in them. Whether you need them for the car ride to soccer practice, for a trip in the stroller, or to toss in a lunchbox, here are some of the packaged snacks you can give to your kids guilt-free: e m il y S