Need a quick snack fix?

 
 

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.

 
 

Barefruit Crunch Granny Smith Apple Chips

 

Why we love it They have one ingredient: Granny Smith apples. The chips have no added sugar but have 2 grams of fiber per bag.

Why our kids love it They're crunchy, fun and yummy. Plus, my children think they're actually getting to eat a whole bag of chips.
Other flavors Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips
Get it Some Costco and Whole Foods stores.

Why we love it They have one ingredient: Granny Smith apples. The chips have no added sugar but have 2 grams of fiber per bag.

Why our kids love it They're crunchy, fun and yummy. Plus, my children think they're actually getting to eat a whole bag of chips.

Other flavors Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips

Get it Some Costco and Whole Foods stores.

 

 
 

Wholesome Goodness Cranberry Omega Granola Bars

 

Why we love it They have 6 grams of whole grains per serving and are a natural source of Omega 3 and 6. They also have lots of good stuff like dried apple pieces, pumpkin seeds, roasted sunflower seeds, sliced almonds and dried cranberries.

Why our kids love it It tastes like a chewy cookie.

Other flavors Apple cinnamon

Get it Rite Aid

 

 
 

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.

 

 
 

Rockin'ola BerryBerry

 

rams of whole grains and some blackberry puree, raspberry puree and real yogurt. Plus, it only has 7 grams of sugar.
Why our kids love it It has freeze-dried mixed berry yogurt drops, which taste like candy. The granola clusters are yummy, too.
Other flavors ChocoBerry
Get it Rockinola.com

Why we love it. It has 16 grams of whole grains and some blackberry puree, raspberry puree and real yogurt. Plus, it only has 7 grams of sugar.

Why our kids love it It has freeze-dried mixed berry yogurt drops, which taste like candy. The granola clusters are yummy, too.

Other flavors ChocoBerry

Get it Rockinola.com

 

 

 
 

Buddy Fruits Raspberry Coconut Milk Pure Blended Fruit

 

Why we love it It doesn't contain any preservatives, artificial flavors or thickeners and we love the short list of healthy ingredients: Apples, raspberries, banana, coconut milk, apple juice concentrate. But since it contains 15 grams of sugar, we give this out as a special snack treat.
Why our kids love it Coconut milk combined with fruit and apple juice makes it taste like a tropical drink.
Other flavors Tropical Coconut Milk
Get it Coming soon to retailers.

Why we love it It doesn't contain any preservatives, artificial flavors or thickeners and we love the short list of healthy ingredients: Apples, raspberries, banana, coconut milk, apple juice concentrate. But since it contains 15 grams of sugar, we give this out as a special snack treat.

Why our kids love it Coconut milk combined with fruit and apple juice makes it taste like a tropical drink.

Other flavors Tropical Coconut Milk

Get it Coming soon to retailers.

 

 
 
 







 
 
 
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