Kids need to nosh (how else do they fuel all of that before- AND after-school energy?), but what’s a grown-up to do when the fruit bowl just doesn’t cut it anymore? Stock up on nutrient-rich packaged snacks—pssst! they DO exist. We swarmed the snack aisle and discovered these 14 edibles that taste way to good to be good for you… but, they are!
1. Raise the Bar
These snack bars (especially the Vanilla Almond flavor) totally put you in the mindset of a rice crispy treat. But instead of sugar and empty calories, these are packed with a blend of quinoa, amaranth, flax seed and hemp, delivering a nutritious, non-GMO, gluten-free punch in a few indulge-able bites.
Available at pureorganic.com, $21.99 for 12.
2. Crunch and Munch
In addition to tasting delicious with this sweet-and-salty thing going on, these crackers offer a half serving of vegetables, they’re low in sugar, high in fortified vitamins and minerals, allergy-friendly, and come in shapes that can be used to build works of art. So, what’s not to love about them? Oh, yeah… we don’t love it when they’re gone.
Available at target.com, $3.99.
3. On the Trail
Ready to have your mind blown? This trail mix concoction is one of the only you’ll come across that is guaranteed safe for kids with any nut or peanut allergy. The magnificent taste and texture come from sunflower seeds, roasted soybeans, dark skippers, dried cranberries, raisins and pretzels.
Available at vermontnutfree.com, $7.95.
4. Party Peas
A cheese puff with some oomph, these white cheddar flavored munchies are made with just whole peas and brown rice flour, and they offer five grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and a 1/2 cup veggie per 20-stick serving (about 20 sticks).
Available at peeledsnacks.com, $2.79.
The struggle will be getting your kids (er, you!) to not eat the entire bag of these organic baked crackers in one sitting. In addition to being made with real cheese, they contain 70 mg omega-3 and a host of other vitamins and nutrients. You might want to stash these out of reach!
Available at target.com, $3.99.
6. Power in Pistachios
It’s not candy, but it kind of tastes like it. These chewy pistachio bites are low in sodium and packed with protein. Combined with dried cranberries for a blast of antioxidants, the individually wrapped bars are easy to slip into bags on the way out the door.
Available at Puritanspride.com, $12.99 for 12.
Second only to peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and banana is a match made in heaven. The proof is in these perfectly portioned, gluten-free snacks that contain five grams of protein, three grams of fiber and over 200 milligrams of potassium, all for just 200-210 calories per serving (that Junior will burn off in two seconds).
Available at target.com, $1.99.
8. Veg Out
Found! A tasty alternative to potato chips. Really! This raw food snack uses the finest ingredients to make vegetables (like tomatoes, kale, and zucchini) taste like pizza and other indulgent treats. Bonus: This munchable is a great source of protein and superfoods.
Available at gingershealthyhabits.com, $20.99 for a six.
9. Main Squeeze
Anything in a pouch automatically gets our stamp of approval for its convenience factor. But these Nomva 100 calorie, vegan squeezables, which contain USDA certified organic fruits and vegetables blended with their natural fiber and probiotics, gets an extra stamp.
Available at Whole Foods, $3.99.
10. Square Space
If your kid is addicted to fruit snacks, load up on these sweet munchies for a healthier chew. Made with a couple of servings of non-GMO real fruit in fun flavors like Island Mango, Apple-Licious, and Banana Coconut these fit perfectly in backpacks or lunch boxes for on-the-go goodness.
Available at mattsmunchies.com, $24.50 for 12 .
11. Breakfast of Champions
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When all you can muster is a granola bar, make it one like this—filled with fresh-baked flavor and packed with four grams of protein, four grams of fiber, and only eight grams of sugar (other bars have around ten grams of sugar).
Available at bakeryonmain.com, $4.99 for four.
12. Power Drink
Little ones typically don’t get jazzed about sipping on your protein shake (maybe it’s the subtle gritty texture found in many of them). Now they have their own natural protein drink courtesy of E-hydrate. Just add water to the on-the-go pack and kids can get the natural electrolytes and protein they need to get through the day (in a yummy cinnamon roll flavor).
Available at Target, $8.49 for three.
13. Pop In
It’s no wonder grown-ups like this popcorn for their kids and themselves—it’s made with the simplest of ingredients (think: popcorn, sunflower oil, and salt). Insider secret: buy a SkinnyPack—a multi-pack of six 100-calorie bags, the perfect amount of popcorn to toss into a lunch box.
Available at target.com, $5.99 for six.
14. Dippin’ Delights
You already know ReadyPac offers simple solutions for getting kids to eat veggies, but did you know they now offer fun little snack packs like this one filled with fresh pico de gallo, tortilla chips, and cubed cheddar cheese. Perfect for the kid that likes a little flavor kick in her lunch box.
What’s your kid’s favorite after school snack? Tell us in the comments section below.