It’s back-to-school time, and that means finding a way to fill those lunchboxes and quickly solve a bad case of the afternoon hangries. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy snacks for kids you can snag right at the grocery story. Here are our favorite items perfect for kiddos (and parents, too). Scroll down to see them all.
KIND Kids Bars
Mama's favorite go-to snack bar now comes in a kid's version! KIND Kids just hit the shelves in three flavors: Chewy Chocolate Chip, Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Chewy Honey Oat. They are low in sugar and free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, genetically engineered ingredients or sugar alcohols and are made with 100% whole grains including oats, sorghum and quinoa. But also, they taste amaze. In fact, KIND is so confident your kids will eat the bars that if kids send home one of the bars uneaten, KIND will give you your money back.
Shop them all at kindsnacks.com, $13.53 for a box of 18 or at any major retailers, including Target, Whole Foods, Kroger and Walmart.
JIF Power Ups
Keep them going strong with a snack that packs a nutritious punch! We love Jif Power Ups Chewy Granola Bars because they are super-yum and have 5 grams of protein in each bar. They come in a variety of flavors including Chocolate with Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Banana and are a kid-approved by our own editor's son who gave them "two dancing thumbs up." Check out also the Jif Power Ups Creamy Clusters, too, for a super easy on-the-go snack with staying power. Even Neil Patrick Harris agrees.
The bars are $5.99 for 5 and the clusters just $2.99 a bag. Shop them at smuckers.com
Enjoy Life Protein Bites
Enjoy Life's new Protein Bites in Dipped Banana are a yummy chocolate-coated fruity treat. With 6 grams of protein per serving and no palm oil, tree nuts or peanuts, they're a good-for-you and allergy-friendly snack. Each bag holds five servings of three bites, which means less plastic packaging. Toss three in a container for a perfect school snack.
Available at enjoylifefoods.com, $6.99 per bag.
Stoneyfield Organic Snack Packs
Kid fave Stoneyfield Organic launched new Snack Packs, pairing strawberry yogurt with graham crackers, chocolate yogurt with graham crackers, and chocolate yogurt with pretzels. They come sized for kids' appetites and go well with fruit for after-school snack attacks. Stash a few in your fridge.
Available at grocery stores for $2.29. Check the store locator at stoneyfield.com.
thinkKIDS Snack Bars
Keep your kids fueled up for recess with thinkKIDS's new protein-packed bars. These bars have a whopping 45% less sugar than most granola bars out there—just 4 grams of sugar per serving, plus 7 grams of protein, plus they're made without icky stuff like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. The kid-friendly flavors include Vanilla Cupcake, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie, Cookies 'n' Cream and Chocolate Chip.
Available at target.com, $3.99 per box.
Bare Snacks Ranch Carrot Chips
If your kids only eat their veggies when they come with a side of ranch, they'll love Bare Snacks Ranch Carrot Chips. These baked carrot chips have no extra sugar and a light coating of ranch flavoring. It's a veggie-packed, crunchy healthy snack you'll be happy to hand over to hungry kids.
Available at amazon.com, from $4.29 per bag.
Kite Hill Dairy Free Yogurt
Not down with dairy? Check out Kite Hill's dairy-free yogurt tubes. These vegan snacks are made with almond milk, fruit and live active cultures. Choose between two yummy options: sweet Wild Berry or Strawberry Banana. Pop them in the fridge or freezer for a smooth, creamy treat.
Available in Whole Foods stores, $4.99 per box of 8.
Barney Butter Almond Butter
Want to take your fave almond butter on the go? Barney Butter's California-made almond butter comes in snack packs that kids can squeeze right into their mouths for an anytime protein boost. Chocolate almond butter tastes like a treat and has a sugar level (3 grams per serving) that won't make you cringe. Or, pick up a box of Bare Smooth Dip Cups, a zero sugar and no sodium almond butter ready to pair with carrots, apples, or pretzels.
Available at barneybutter.com, $3.60 for 6 snack packs and $8.49 for 6 dip cups.
Once Upon a Farm Super Smoothies
Super mama Jennifer Garner co-founded Once Upon a Farm, a company that brings organic, fresh, cold-pressed goodies to families. They've launched brand-new Storybook Super Smoothies just in time for the back-to-school rush. These packable pouches are made with an eye to balanced nutrition—each includes fruits, veggies, grains, proteins and brain-boosting healthy fats. Choose from three delicious flavors: Strawberry Banana Swirl, Berry Berry Quite Contrary and Appley Eating Greens.
Available at onceuponafarmorganics.com, $2.69 per pouch.
Alter Eco Original Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters
Long day? Treat yourself to Alter Eco Original Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters. The sea salt-slathered coconut and dark, delicious chocolate are ah-MAZING together. Plus, Alter Eco is dedicated to creating a sustainable supply chain and works with small farms. Over 80% of the ingredients are Fair Trade Certified. You're gonna want to keep this snack to yourself.
Available at thrivemarket.com, $3.69.
Bubba's Paleo Snack Mix
Paleo, gluten-free, vegan and no added sugar: Bubba's Fine Foods makes snacks that check all the boxes. Crunch up Bubba's yummy ingredients like banana chips, cashews, coconut flakes and almonds. Three unique flavor combos will please different taste buds: Savory Original Snack Mix, Blazing Buffalo 'Nana Chips and Bourbon Vanilla UnGranola. Check out the new single serving packets that are ready to toss in backpacks and grab for after-school snacking.
Available at bubbasfoods.com, $1.99 per bag.
Spicy Queso Pop Corners
For those who crave a little more spice in their lives, there's new Spicy Queso Pop Corners. These better-for-you crunchy, cheesy snacks replace those other chips made with unrecognizable mystery ingredients. Pop Corners bakes up non-GMO corn and adds a layer of Tex-Mex spice. Pick from play date-sized bags or single-serving 1 oz packs ready for on-the-go munching and crunching.
Available at popcorners.com, from $35 for 40 1 oz bags.
Marshinator Rice Cereal Treats
Looking for a little something sweet? The Marshinator's handmade rice cereal treats are perfect for the occasional splurge. They come in 10 varieties, from confetti-bright Fruit Blast to white chocolate-coated Cookies & Cream. These extra-big desserts arrive pre-wrapped in portions big enough for two kids to happily share. Keep an eye out for their soon-to-launch flavor Unicorn Poop!
Available at themarshinator.com, $48 for 12.
Bobo's Oat Bites
Kids craving muffins but you don't have time to make them? Bobo's Oat Bites are mini-muffins ready for on-the-go snacking. New Peanut Butter & Jelly flavored bites mix salty peanuts with the sweet flavor of raspberry jam. Kids love the Chocolate Chip bites, too. These hand-baked healthy snacks are made with whole-grain rolled oats and are perfectly portioned for kid-sized appetites.
Available at eatbobos.com, from $5.49 per box.
B.Nutty Simply Salted Carmel
Peanut lovers will go nuts over B.Nutty's newest flavor: Simply Salted Carmel. Run by moms who know all about feeding active kids, BNutty's gourmet peanut butter is ready to spread on sliced apples or toast for a perfect after-school snack. As the weather grows colder, keep an eye out for B.Nutty's seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Yum!
Available in stores and online at bnutty.com, $3-$8 per jar.
Country Archer's Meat Sticks
Zero sugar, grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free turkey, and no preservatives: Country Archer's Meat Sticks are a protein-packed healthy school snack full of just good stuff. In Original Beef (plain, old-fashioned meaty goodness), Rosemary Turkey (Thanksgiving in a handy stick), and Jalapeno Beef (spicy!), Country Archer offers something for every meat lover out there.
Available at countryarcher.com, from $1.67 per stick.
Have little juice lovers in your life but no time to break out the blender? Grab one of Bright Foods new Bright Bars—they call it cold-pressed juice in a bar form. These are for serious health nuts and kiddos with adventurous taste buds, with organic ingredients like pineapple, turmeric, ginger, chia, coconut, and probiotics—and that's just in the bright orange Carrot bar. They last for about two months in the fridge so you can have a juice-like option anytime.
Available at Whole Foods stores in CA, with expanded availability through brightfoods.com in September, $3.99 per bar.
Made Good Granola & Cookies
Brand new extra-delicious Made Good Crispy Light Granola and Soft Baked Mini Cookies are perfect for families looking for an allergy-friendly snack. Produced in a dedicated facility free of eight common allergens, from peanuts to eggs, they're gluten-free, too. Break out your fave milk and pour it over Made Good's low-in-sugar granola for an after-school snack. The Soft Baked Mini Cookies in flavors like Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip are a school-safe option in portion packs ready to grab and go.
Available in stores and online, $6.99 for Crispy Light Granola and $3.99 for Soft Baked Mini Cookies.
GoMacro Protein Bars
GoMacro's protein bars are packed full of good organic stuff. Three new flavors of the vegan bars, each with 10 grams of plant-based protein, are ready to feed hungry hordes. Blueberry and Cashew Butter will please the fruit lovers out there and Dark Chocolate + Almonds offers a cocoa fix. Parents will want to keep the Mocha Chocolate Chip ones all to themselves—the bar gives a caffeine boost equal to half a cup of coffee.
Available at gomacro.com, $2.89 per bar.
Messy Monkey Snacks
Preschoolers will dig Messy Monkey's crunchy texture. Made with whole grains including quinoa and sorghum, they'll give your kiddos an energy boost at snack time. Plus, they offer 2 grams of fiber per serving. In savory Pizza, sweet Apple, and kid-fave Cheese, Messy Monkeys come in a flavor option for everyone.
Available at messymonkeysusa.com, $5.99 for a pack of 10.
When you pick up This Bar Saves Lives for snack time, you're not only getting a protein boost, you're combating malnutrition in Haiti, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. For each bar purchased, This Bar Saves Lives gives therapeutic, life-saving food aid to hungry children—over 3.5 million packets have been delivered so far! Add to that total by stocking your snack stash with their newest flavors—gluten-free Dark Chocolate & Coconut and PB&J made with real ingredients like dried strawberries, toasted oats, and almonds. Sweetened with agave and brown rice syrup, they're delicious and extra-nutritious, for your kids and kids across the globe.
Available at thisbarsaveslives.com, $23.99 for a box of 12.
— Oz Spies