Every day, we try to help tiny bodies grow into strong, healthy humans. In order to nourish those tiny people the best way we can, it's important to feed them the healthiest foods possible. So at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, we kept our eyes peeled for the newest innovations in kids' snack foods. We were looking for snacks that fulfilled our two basic criteria: They must be healthy and they must satisfy the pickiest taste buds of all-children's.
"When choosing snack foods for children, you want to look for dyes that come from natural sources (paprika, saffron or annatto) and sweeteners that come from natural sources (honey, maple syrup, molasses)," says Amari Cheffer, registered dietician and owner of Eat Chic Chicago, which provides various nutrition coaching services.
In snacks, you should be able to recognize and pronounce all the ingredients-and there should only be a few ingredients, says Lara Field, registered dietician, board certified specialist in pediatrics in Chicago.
The following snacks passed the test.
Happy Valley Farms Dried Cantaloupe
Why we love it It's dried cantaloupe. 'Nuff said. But really, the only ingredients are cantaloupe, sugar, citric acid and cantaloupe flavor.
Why our kids love it It's chewy and sweet and an easy sub for candy.
Other flavors Dried mango
Get it Coming soon to retailers.