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 find your kids’ new favorite nosh.
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.
Majka Chocolate Bites
Could you be so lucky as to hand over a snack that is not only healthy but works to enhance immunity, digestion, and skin health? Meet Majka Chocolate Bites. Launched this December, these tasty little bites contain no artificial ingredients or unnecessary calories.
Available at lovemajka.com, $8 for one bag.
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’s delicious Greek yogurt bars are wrapped in dark chocolate, and clock in at only 130-170 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 5 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.
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 perfectbar.com, $24 for a box of 20 bars.
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, $1.49 for the 1.25oz bag, $4.99 for the 4.25oz bag.
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.
These are our top picks for other new-ish snacks.
With seven grams of protein and zero sugar added, RXBARS Kids are a best bet for beating the hangries. And now, they come in seven flavors including Peanut Butter Chocolate, Double Chocolate, and PB&J. These are wholesome snacks are made with egg whites, dates, nuts, fruits and more.
Available at RXBAR.com, $24.99 for a box of 16.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Felissa Allard with Oz Spies