Great New Snacks Kids (and Parents) Will Love
Anyone who has fallen for Dubliner, a nutty, Cheddar-like cheese from Ireland, may appreciate this handy mini version of the original. It's soft and creamy, easy for kids to open, and just right for snack time sandwiched between a pair of whole grain crackers.
Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas
Following on the heels of its more exotic flavors, Saffron Road has launched an organic, oven roasted chickpea seasoned with only salt and a hint of rosemary. Each serving delivers 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, all at 130 calories, an appropriate kid-sized portion. This snack is best for children who are 4 and older, since bite-size snacks can be a choking hazard for little ones.
Oh My Yog!
A spin on old-school fruit-on-the-bottom cartons, Stonyfield Farm's new "striped" yogurt features three luscious layers that kids will want to dig into: fruit on the bottom, yogurt in the center, and cream on top. Apple Cinnamon and Pacific Coast Strawberry are two flavor favorites that supply a quarter of daily calcium needs for children ages 4 to 8.
Big Slice Apples
Grab a fork. These colorful pouches of seriously scrumptious slow-cooked fruit can be taken to go. Each pouch is less than 100 calories, and several varieties have no added sugar. The fruit is tasty enough to eat right from the package or is excellent over yogurt.
If your kids are Nutella fans, they'll be all over this chocolate hazelnut spread that is shipping out later this spring. It has the same flavor and creaminess as its well-known counterpart, only with less sugar and more protein. Available in dark and milk chocolate.
Japanese Rice Crackers
Arare is a popular Japanese rice cracker that is traditionally made with white rice and sometimes artificial ingredients. Not so with Lotus Foods' new spin on this snack favorite, which relies on organic brown and black rice and natural ingredients. You might be surprised to learn that all three savory flavors deliver 3 grams of protein per serving, not bad for a rice snack, especially one as addictive as this is.
The Eat Well Embrace Life company, known for its innovative spreads, has introduced a single-serve version in three flavors: Tuscan White Bean, Edamame, and Zesty Carrot. Pair it with crunchy vegetables or pita chips and you've got a perfectly healthful snack on-the-go.
Cheesy Nacho Super Bites
Move over nacho chips, there's a more wholesome option on the shelf. These low-fat cheesy chips are made with beans, rice, potatoes, lentils, and quinoa. Translation? Three grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber in every 110 calorie serving. Tasty, too.
What's different about this popcorn? It comes from miniature heirloom ears of corn that only grow to about 3 inches long. As a result, the popcorn is half the size of the norm, which is pretty darn cute. It also boasts a thin hull, which means less chance of popcorn getting stuck between teeth. Dentist approved! Best for children 4 and up, since popcorn can be a choking hazard.
Slingshot Yogurt Drink
This creamy, all-natural drinkable yogurt stands out from the crowd because of a little sleeve of granola fitted around the neck of every bottle. Kids may like the fun factor of emptying the crunchy bits into the yogurt (or just snacking on it straight up). Each Slingshot provides a hefty dose of protein, probiotics, and even a boost of healthful omega-3 fats.