From morning to night, it seems kids are always hungry. And always begging for a snack. It falls to us parents to figure out what’s good for them and what they’ll actually eat. Luckily we found a whole bunch of new healthy snacks for kids in order to get them through the school day, the after-school carpool and even the dreaded before-dinner hangries. Keep reading to see them all.
Released Winter-Spring 2019
Tree Top Organic Honeycrisp Dried Apple Slices
Enjoy your Honeycrisp year-round thanks to Tree Top's new organic Honeycrisp dried apple slices. You'll love that there is only one ingredient in this flavorful snack: Honeycrisp apples. Tree Top sources their apples from Pacific Northwest orchards and its new product comes in a convenient 20 oz. resealable pouch. Available now at Costco (check your local Costco for details with prices varying by location).
Chocolate as a snack, you say? This isn't your ordinary candy bar. PRANA offers up "superbarks" made from fair trade chocolate and key ingredients. The PRANA Chia Balance—dark chocolate bark with caramelized coconut & probiotic chia—is not only incredibly delish, it is also nutrient-dense with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, probiotic chia seeds and is even a great source of fiber. There's even 4g of protein in a serving. The Maca Power version—dark chocolate bark with corn flakes, almonds and maca—provides sustained energy with 4 g of protein, ancient grains and maca, which has a positive effect on memory, energy and mood. There are seven barks to choose from. Shop them at pranasnacks.com
Bobo's There With Care Limited Edition Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar
Bobo's has teamed up with There With Care to donate $5 from every box sold of these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars. There With Care provides support to families facing critical illness, helping to provide fundamental services necessary to keep a family together during a medical crisis. Not to mention, these delicious, soft snack bars make the perfect afterschool, on-the-go boost your kids will love. They were even approved by a finicky eight-year-old. Shop them now.
Made Good Crispy Bars
Looking for a healthier lunchbox treat that is actually more delicious than a traditional, sugar-packed cereal treat bar? Made Good's Caramel Crispy Squares and Strawberry Crispy Squares are divine. They are free from nuts and other common allergens, including peanut, dairy, egg and soy, so they are totally safe for school lunches. Sweetened with cane syrup and made with brown rice crisps, these delicious snack bars might make their way into mom or dad's own lunchbox, too. They also come in Vanilla and Chocolate Chip. Shop them at madegoodfoods.com
State Bird Crunch
State Bird Provision, James Beard-award winning chef Stuart Brioza and co-owner Nicole Kransinksi got in the habit of using leftover quinoa to make a tasty snack that all the employees would devour. Crisped quinoa with sea salt and other ingredients soon became so popular they decided it would be unfair not to share! So they teamed up with Render Foods to create State Bird Crunch. It comes in three flavors (Sea Salt, Furkikake and Almond Rosemary). Our kid-based trial team liked the Almond Rosemary the best! Surprisingly, there's 5g of protein per serving, too. A pack of 6 is just $28. You'll want this many because you will quickly become addicted! Shop them at renderfood.com
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Snack Buddies
Next time that dessert craving hits (for you or them) reach for a Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Snack Buddies Bar, a new line of kid-sized Greek yogurt bars that debuted March 2019. Dairy-based, Yasso's Snack Buddies offer 25% less sugar than the leading novelty and 10% more protein. It's packed with live and active cultures, and no high fructose corn syrup or high intensity sweeteners. Eight perfectly kid-sized bars come in each box with new flavors: Mint Cookie Chums, Strawbuddy Lemonade, Fudge Space Chip and Party Animal. Shop here or get yours at retailers like Target, Publix, and more.
Kashi by Kids Super Food Bites
Kids know best when it comes to what tastes good so it's pretty awesome that Kashi's newest snack, Organic Super Food Bites was dreamed up by a team of kids. They're not only tasty, but good for you, too. They're packed with super food ingredients like coconut flour, chickpeas, acai and sweet potato, and include 10g of whole grains and 3g of fiber. Choose from two flavors: Mixed Berry and Chocolate. These peanut-free snacks come in handy pouches, which make dishing them out on-the-go easy peasy. Learn more at kashibykids.com and get yours on amazon.com
Sans artificial ingredients or fillers, Truth Bars will give your kiddos their daily dose of prebiotics and probiotics. Choose from five flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Almond Crunch, Chocolate Raspberry Coconut and Dark Chocolate Coconut. Gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and a max of 5 grams of sugar per bar, this is one snack you and the kids can feel good about. Learn more at truthbar.com and stock up at amazon.com
Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals
For kids with allergies, finding a bar that actually tastes good and is safe can be a challenge. These delicious new breakfast bars from one of the most trusted allergy-friendly food companies are sure to be a win. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, sulfites, lupin, fish, crustaceans, tree nuts, peanuts, casein, egg, shellfish, sesame and mustard (phew!) you might wonder what actually in these bars. With four types of "purity protocol gluten free oats" and lots with whole grains they come in a variety of yummy flavors including Apple Cinnamon, Berry Medley, Chocolate Chip Banana and Maple Fig.
One word to the wise: they are more crumbly than other breakfast bars we've tried, so be prepared if you plan to eat on the go!
Grab 'em at enjoylife.com, $5.59/box of 6 bars.
Stonyfield Organic YoBaby Veggie Yogurt Cups
New to January 2019 are Stonyfield Organic YoBaby Veggie Yogurt cups in purple carrot and sweet potato flavors, as well as Kids Whole Milk pouches in new flavors apple cinnamon sweet potato and blueberry apple carrot. The baby yogurt cups includes no added sweeteners and like all of their products are certified organic free from artificial hormones, toxic pesticides and GMOs. Find the new lines at Target, Publix, Hannafords and many more retailers (for a store near you click here).
This Bar Saves Lives Kids’ Bar
The snack bar company co-founded by actors Kristen Bell, Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel has just launched a new kids’ bar, and they’re delicious. Made totally school safe (no nuts, dairy, soy or gluten), the new flavors include Chocolate Chip “Dino”-Mite, Rockin’ Straw-beary and S’more Blast, and each bar is Non-GMO Project Certified, Gluten Free, and Kosher, plus they’re made with clean ingredients and only have 5g of sugar per serving. And, that whole life-saving thing? With every box purchased, a child in need will receive a meal.
Grab them on Amazon, $39.95 for 40 bars.
Bob’s Red Mill Better Bars
We’ve always loved the quality of cereals and baking goods from Bob’s Red Mill, so we were thrilled to hear the employee-owned company was debuting a line of kid-friendly snack bars in over five different flavors. Inspired by some of your favorite childhood snacks, these bars are filled with wholesome ingredients like organic honey and peanut butter, plus they’re filled with fiber and protein to keep little bellies full longer. New flavors include Peanut Butter Jelly & Oats, Peanut Butter Chocolate & Oats, Peanut Butter Coconut & Oats, Peanut Butter Apple Spice & Oats and Peanut Butter Banana & Oats.
Available at bobsredmill.com, $1.99 per bar.
Blake’s Seed Based Snack Bar
This new company makes products free of the top eight allergens, so you’ll be able to toss one of their new snack bars into your kid’s lunch box or share with friends with no worries. We especially love that each bar is filled with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, which means each bite is packed with extra nutrients and antioxidants. Choose between chocolate chip, pineapple and raspberry.
Available at amazon.com, $25.64 for a box of 12.
Perfect Bar Perfect Kids
Ready for the cleanest, tastiest, most nutritious on-the-go snacks? Perfect Kids offers trusted, quality ingredients with a cookie-dough-like texture and taste. Each bar also delivers seven grams of whole food protein and eight Superfood veggies.
Available at target.com, $4.99 for a box of 5.
hint® Unsweetened Flavored Water Boxes
If you can’t seem to get your kid to drink enough water, offer up one of hint®’s new water boxes made just for little people. The four flavors—Watermelon, Cherry, Blackberry and Apple are NON-GMO certified, plus there’s no juice, no sugar, no diet sweeteners, no colors, no calories and no preservatives. Easy to throw in a backpack or to have while headed towards after-school activities, you’ll be able to hydrate in a healthy way.
Available at drinkhint.com, $21 for a mixed case of 32 boxes.
These are our top picks for snacks that were new in late 2018.
Buck What! Noshes
Created by a mom for her kids, these Gluten-free, Vegan, nut-free pouches are the perfect single-size serving for kid lunches or outings. A cross between a cookie and a muffin, the buckwheat noshes come in four delicious flavors—Crunchy Peanut, Cocoa, Oatmeal Raisin, and Simply Sunflower.
Available at buckwhat.com, $22.50 for a box of 6.
Imag!ne Cheese Stars & Yogurt Crisps
These tasty crackers count real cheese and real yogurt as ingredients, which means extra protein (six grams per serving!) for growing bodies. Choose between Imag!ne Cheese Stars or Yogurt Crisps flavors Apple Cinnamon, Mixed Berry, White Cheddar and Parmesan, and you'll get no artificial coloring or flavors, just good food.
Available at amazon.com, $13.28 for a pack of 4.
LesserEvil Grain-Free Organic Paleo Puffs
These Grain-Free Paleo Puffs are crafted with nutrient dense foods, like organic cassava root and sweet potato and are dusted with coconut oil (great for its fatty acids and good saturated fats). They are come in three delicious flavors, including Himalayan Pink salt, 'No Cheese' Cheesiness, and Himalayan Salt 'n' Apple Cider Vinegar. The perfect snack for the whole family!
Available at amazon.com, $27.54 for 18, 1oz. bags
Health Warrior Protein Mug Muffins
What’s better than instant oatmeal? How about warm and ready in minutes spoonable muffin! These plant-based muffins are loaded with Superfoods and protein. They’re available in Banana Nut, Blueberry, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.
Available at amazon.com, $17.99 for a 6-pack.
GoGo SqueeZ BlastZ
What kid doesn’t love GoGo SqueeZ pouches? Now they’re introducing bigger pouches for bigger kids with more exotic flavors: Raspberry Rush, Berry Madness and Tropical Burst. The new packaging is brighter and bolder and made with 100% fruit, no preservatives, and are Gluten and nut free.
Available at target.com, $3.29 for a 4-pack.
SAFE + FAIR Popcorn Quinoa Chips
These days more than 15 million Americans live with food allergies. Enter these Popcorn Quinoa Chips, which are plant-based, Gluten-free, and free from five of the top eight allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish and fish. These sweet and savory chips are also non-GMO, Kosher, and contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, MSG or trans-fat. Practically perfect in every way.
Available at safeandfair.com, $7.99 for a 3-pack.
A Shark Tank star, these cookies are delicious and somehow very low in sugar (trust our kids!), Gluten-free, They come in five fun flavors including Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter, and Ginger Something. The Co-founder launched this brand for his two children and for customers who may have restricted diets.
Available at eatnui.com, $24.95 for an 8-pack (two cookies per pack).
Sprout Organic Foods Crinklez Spinach or Pumpkin Carrot
These spiral snacks are tempting for both children and adults. The Pumpkin Carrot Crinklez are packed with plant-powered chickpeas and filled with colorful carrots, spinach, and beets that you can see in every bite. They are healthy, delicious and come in two flavors—Cheesy Spinach or Pumpkin Carrot.
Available amazon.com, $23.99 for an 8-count or $3.29 per bag.
Split Nutrition On-The-Go PB&J Packs
Your kids’ favorite lunch is now an on-the-go snack. These peanut butter and jelly single-serve snack packs come in four different flavors including Almond Butter and Raspberry.
Available on amazon.com, $24.95 for a 10-pack.
CLIO Greek Yogurt Bars
CLIO’s delicious Greek yogurt bars are wrapped in dark chocolate, and clock in at only 140-170 calories plus 8-9g of protein per bar. A totally guilt-free snack! Available in Strawberry, Vanilla, Blueberry, Hazelnut, Honey, Espresso, and their newest launch—Peanut Butter!
Available at Texas & California Costco stores, Whole Foods or cliosnacks.com, $28 for a 10-pack.
The only bar exclusively designed to meet kids’ nutritional guidelines and lifestyle. They’re small and packed with protein and come in five flavors—chocolate campfire, cosmic chocolate caramel almond, crazy coconut, and more. Each bar contains more protein than two large eggs.
Available at luckybar.com, $9.99 for a sample pack of 5.
Squeaky Pop Chips
Introducing Pop Chips that are convenient, delicious, and guilt-free made from chickpeas and rice that are the perfect addition to any meal or snack. Each box comes with 4 bags of Cheddar, 4 bags of White Cheddar, and 4 bags of Apple Cinnamon Squeaky Pops.
Available at amazon.com, $16.95 for a 12-pack.
Lenny & Larry The Complete Crunchy Cookies
The Complete Crunchy Cookies are bite-sized, plant protein packed, contagiously crunchy cookies available in classic flavors such as Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, and Cinnamon Sugar. Each 1.25oz pouch is packed with 6 grams of plant-based protein and 4 grams of fiber, while the 4.25oz resealable bag that delivers 20 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber.
Available at amazon.com, $20.20 for 1.25oz, 12 pack
Stacy’s Cheese Petites
Stacy’s Cheese Petites are tasty, bite-sized cheese snacks that are the brand’s biggest launch in four years. Not only are they baked with real cheese (it’s the first ingredient!), but they're also packed with protein (six grams) and a good source of calcium. Stacy’s Cheese Petites are available in two delicious flavors—Parmesan with Rosemary and Romano with Garlic and Pepper.
Available at amazon.com, $4.99 per bag.
Welch’s Superfruit Mix
Fruit as the first ingredient! With 100% DV Vitamin C, 25 percent DV Vitamins A & E, No Preservatives and more, these new Superfruit Mix variety is a flavor adventure with every bite. They use a unique combination of flavors: Pomegranate-Passionfruit, Starfruit-Kiwi, Dragonfruit-Blackberry, Acai-Blueberry and Goji-Apricot. Kid tested and kid approved.
Available at amazon.com, $2.99 for a 10-count box and $5.49 for a 22-count box.
These pretzels are whole grain, Gluten-free, non-GMO and yummy! They come in Classic Sea Salt Pretzel Sticks and Twists along with Touch of Honey Pretzel Sticks, and the newest flavor—Deli Rye Style Rods.
Available at quinnsnacks.com, prices vary.
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
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.
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.
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 amazon.com, $6.99 for a pack of 10.
— Felissa Allard with Oz Spies
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