Long gone are the days of packing lunch boxes full of snacks consisting of chips, candy and cookies – at least in our home. The trick these days is to find snacks that are both Mom and Kid approved. Well, search no further. These 5 snacks can be packed guilt free on the Mom side and enjoyed by kids too! Win win.
Bolthouse Farms’ famed baby carrots get a boost of flavor not in the conventional form of fattening ranch dip, but from vibrant spice in Carrot Meets Chili Lime Bolthouse Farms Kids Veggie Snackers. For a dose of interactive fun, little ones shake the zippy seasoning directly over their veggies.
Pamela’s (addictive) Figgies & Jammies give the classic Fig Newton a contemporary update. Purists will relish the Mission Fig version, but the gluten-free lineup — the soft, chewy cookie is made with rice flour — also includes strawberry, raspberry and blueberry mash-ups.
Shun those regular, greasy potato chips for Kashi’s Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps. Also available in savory flavors of Caramelized Onion and Sundried Tomato Basil & Feta, the ethereal, air-popped chickpea crisps star ingredients like real sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.
Crunchy popcorn is a sure hit with young eaters, but it need not be drenched in butter to appeal. Lesser Evil’s Himalayan Pink Buddha Bowl mingles organic kernels with coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt, while the Classic Cheddah iteration flaunts organic cheese. Sate dessert cravings with Himalayan Sweetness, which weaves in unrefined sugar cane.
All-organic Fruit Bliss, sold in resealable pouches — as well as miniature versions ideal for midday meltdowns — is a European-inspired celebration of ripe, quality, rehydrated fruit. Prized apricots and figs from Turkey, Deglet Noor dates from Tunisia and Agen plums from France are all dried in the sun and then infused with water and steamed until juicy.
Alia Akkam is a New York-based writer who covers the intersection of food, drink, travel and design. She launched her career by opening boxes of Jamie Oliver books as a Food Network intern.
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