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Top 10 Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids (and their moms)

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- So, I am a busy mom like all moms, but with all the running around I still want my kids to have healthy snacks.  But "healthy" doesn't really matter if your kids won't eat it, plus, for me, it needs to be convenient and easy to grab on the go.  The last requirement is that everyone in the family likes it because I don't have time to cater.  This includes me, because when you are stuck in the car you eat whatever is there with you.  So, that being said, there are a lot of great snack foods out there and these are the ones my family likes.

1. Boom Chicka Pop - I have avoided popcorn for years because I have trained myself to think it is bad for me.  Not that I don't eat lots of other terrible stuff but for some reason popcorn got put on the bad list years ago.  But then while visiting my sister I discovered Boom Chicka Pop.  Thirty-five calories per snack bag and delicious.  These are gluten free and non-GMO, if you are in to that.  They are made with popcorn, sunflower oil and sea salt.  So, get out a movie and the popcorn.

2. Sabra Classic Hummus snack size - My family loves hummus.  My three-year old's preschool started serving hummus for snack time and now he is an addict.  Thank you to whoever thought of that.  I used to be of the mind set that "oh those flavors are too adult for the kids" or "they won't like that so why even try".  But I have changed my thinking and now they eat a wide variety of foods.  Now, my three-year old is strange ... he likes to eat raw garlic and lick lemons.  So this might not be a snack for every family.  The snack size is very easy to throw in lunch boxes or take for a picnic.  Sometimes the snack size is hard to find, I usually buy it at Super Target.

3. Wholly Guacamole minis - I am guacamole nut and so is my six-year old.  Again this may not be for everyone but you might be suprised by your kids.  Avocados are super healthy and are so rich and creamy that it does not seem like a health food.  These are great on the go but I also use them when we eat Mexican food and everyone can have their own.

4. Planters NUT-rition Heart Healty Mix snack size - My husband loves crunchy foods and used to eat a ton of chips before I swapped those for nuts.  If you are one of those moms like me that is always attempting to be on a low-carb diet, these only have 4 net carbs, plus 4 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protien.  They are great to throw in your purse or huge mom bag as a snack.  The downside, it is a little messy for my three-year old but really most things are messy with a three-year old.

5. Harvest Snaps - These are legumes or snap peas that are baked and come in lightly salted, ceasar, black peper, wasabi ranch, tomato basil and onion thyme flavors.  The wasabi ranch and black pepper flavors are a little too much for my kids but they love the other flavors.  My three year old loves the ceasar and tomato basil.   They have a similar texture and crunch to Cheetos plus you get to lick your fingers afterwards. The product boasts non-GMO incredients that include a good amount of fiber and protein so those kids will eventually get full.  The downside to this product is that it does not come in snack size....(hint hint to Harvest Snaps, snack size would be perfect for school lunches).  I usually buy these at the grocery store but these are also sold on Amazon.com.

6. Terra Chips Exotic Vegetable Chips - If your family loves potato chips switch them to Terra Chips. The exotic vegetables include Taro, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Batata, Parsnips and Ruby Taro.   I am not going to lie and tell you I know what a batata is but I do like these chips. We like the sweet potato and mediterranean Terra Chips. They are sturdy enough to eat with the hummus or guacamole.  

7. Mamma Chia - My three-year old is of the generation that ate baby food from a pouch and continues to think this is how all food should be eaten.  My six-year old calls it astronaut food.  I call it very convenient.  Obviously we have moved passsed baby food but this is a great way to stuff your kids full of fruits and veggies.  So that brings us to Mamma Chia.  This is the one that I can actually eat that does not make me think I am eating baby food.  I think this is mainly due to the fact that it includes chia (just like the chia pet) seeds that gives it texture so that it is not just a pureed goo.  You can buy these in a variety pack on Amazon and all the flavors are good.  We especially like Blackberry Bliss.  Note: If you are new to pouch food and have young kids, make sure it is in their mouth before they squeeze - especially in the car.

8. Plum Organics Kids Jammy Sammy - My sister and I always have boxes of these in the car.  They are a square oatmeal bar that come in blueberry, strawberry/peanut butter and grape/peanut butter flavors.  These taste like a PB&J on the go.  They are individually packaged and great for sack lunches and when you need to bring snacks to soccer.  Downside is they tend to be a little crumbly and my three year old gets them everywhere.  Other downside and hint to Mr. Jammy Sammy, they only come in boxes of five.  If you make a snack this good please add a Costco size box to your line.  I am thinking a box of 24 would last us a good two weeks.

9. Raw Revolution Chocolate Rasperry Truffle Food Bar - Yes, I do allow my kids to eat sweet stuff but try to watch the sugar.  These are a little high in sugar with 13 grams but I justify it because they are made with all kinds of good nuts, flax seed and they taste delicious.  Honestly, my kids would probably choose these over cookies - at least I tell myself they would.  I have a box of them in front of me and am really attempting not to eat one right now.  They taste like chocolate raspberry brownies.  There are other flavors but I haven't tried them yet.  You guessed it, these are also available on Amazon.

10.  Kellogg's Fiber Plus Antioxidants Chocolate Chip Bars - My six-year old calls these candy bars and makes strangers think all I feed him is junk food.  My evil plan has worked, he thinks these are candy bars and Greek yogurt with whipped cream is dessert.  These are low in sugar for a sweet snack with 7 grams plus you are getting 9 grams of fiber.  These are also great for soccer practice or any time you need to provide snacks.  Plus all the other parents will think wow that family is really healthy with all their fiber and antioxidants. I buy them 12 boxes at a time on Soap.com but I am a little nutty.

So there you have it.  If you see me out and about I will definitely have a Ziplock bag full of a variety of the above.  You never know when you are going to get stuck in traffic with a car full of kids.  What great snacks have you stumbled upon? Please share!

 

 

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