Healthy Packaged Snacks & Sides for the Lunch Box

In a rush? Pack these new and better-for-you products in your child's lunch box, or send them in for snacktime.

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Brown Rice Triscuit Thin Crisps Cinnamon Sugar

Avery Powell

Brown Rice Triscuit Thin Crisps Cinnamon Sugar

A blend of brown rice, whole wheat, and even a little sweet potato (extra veggies!), these airy, low-sodium crackers have a reasonable 3 grams of sugar per serving. (130 calories, 3g fat)

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Clif KidZ Bar Protein

Avery Powell

Clif KidZ Bar Protein

These whole-grain bars in flavors such as Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate pack 5 grams of protein, more than a typical granola bar. (130 to 140 calories, 3 to 4g fat)

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Pamela's Figgies & Jammies

Avery Powell

Pamela's Figgies & Jammies

Available in four flavors, these gluten-free, egg-free cookies are packed with antioxidant-rich figs. (90 to 100 calories, 2g fat each)

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Healthy Snacks: Why Kids Need to Snack

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Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Pita Puffs

Avery Powell

Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Pita Puffs

Kids loved these crispy, airy bites made with several kinds of whole grains, including rye and oats. (70 calories, 3g fat for 20 puffs)

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GoGo Squeez Fruit & Veggiez

Avery Powell

GoGo Squeez Fruit & Veggiez

Known for its fun squeezable applesauce, this company created a new line of combos that include veggies -- like apple, sweet potato, and grape or apple, pear, and carrot. Tasters ate them as enthusiastically as the apple-only ones. (60 to 70 calories, 0 fat)

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Van's PB&J Sandwich Bars

Avery Powell

Van's PB&J Sandwich Bars

Even the kids who weren't following a gluten-free diet liked these, saying that they taste, well, like a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich. (160 calories, 6g fat)

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Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn

Avery Powell

Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn

This three-ingredient product (popcorn, oil, and sea salt) is flavorful even though it's air-popped. Serve only to children ages 4 and up. (35 calories, 2g fat per cup)

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Pressels Sesame

Avery Powell

Pressels Sesame

These teeny baked round pretzels have sesame seeds on top instead of salt. Yum! (110 calories, 3g fat)

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Lunch Monitor: What Are Kids Throwing Away?

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Van's Say Cheese! Gluten Free Crackers

Peter Ardito

Van's Say Cheese! Gluten Free Crackers

Kids who are on a gluten-free diet will smile about cheddary crackers shaped like a hexagon. (70 calories, 3g fat for 15 pieces)

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Buddy Fruits 100% Apple Chips

Peter Ardito

Buddy Fruits 100% Apple Chips

Slow eaters may not be able to finish a whole apple at lunch. But a single-serve bag of these chips, which contain 1 1/2 apples, takes less time to eat. (80 calories, 0 fat)

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Tasty Brand Organic Vanilla Cookies

Peter Ardito

Tasty Brand Organic Vanilla Cookies

Sweet potato is baked into the dough of these star-shaped shortbread cookies. Each single-serve package contains just 3 grams of sugar. (100 calories, 4g fat)

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Dole Fruit Squish'ems!

Peter Ardito

Dole Fruit Squish'ems!

Your kid will get a serving of fruit in each packet he squeezes into his mouth. It comes in three flavors; our tasters preferred apple-mixed berry. (60 calories, 0 fat)

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Funley's Delicious Wholly Granolly Clusters Wild Apple Berry

Peter Ardito

Funley's Delicious Wholly Granolly Clusters Wild Apple Berry

Each single-serve bag of these fruity oat-brown rice-flour balls is fortified with calcium. (120 calories, 2g fat)

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Kashi Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps

Peter Ardito

Kashi Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps

Chickpeas are the first ingredient in this airy snack that packs 4 grams of fiber per serving. (120 calories, 4g fat for 27 crisps)

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Wholly Guacamole Snack Packs

Peter Ardito

Wholly Guacamole Snack Packs

Perfect for dipping raw veggies or baked tortilla chips, this Mexican staple is available in three flavors, but kid tasters favored the Classic and Avocado Ranch. (100 calories, 9 to 10g fat apiece)

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Brown Rice Triscuit Baked With Sweet Potato

Peter Ardito

Brown Rice Triscuit Baked With Sweet Potato

Our tiny tasters gave two thumbs up to the Roasted Sweet Onion flavor of this cracker, likening it to sour-cream-and-onion potato chips. (130 calories, 5g fat for six)

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Funny Face Flavored Dried Cranberries

Peter Ardito

Funny Face Flavored Dried Cranberries

Marketing genius: They look like a package of fruit snacks. But they're really dried cranberries sold in four flavors, like Goofy Grape and Freckle Face Strawberry. (50 calories, 0 fat per 3/4-oz. pack)

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