We wanted to make sure the bars we chose had enough protein and fiber to help kids feel satisfied, and not so much sugar that they might as well be eating a candy bar. Registered dietitians (who are also moms!) helped us come up with a nutritional framework for our choices, so none of our picks exceeds 200 calories or 10 grams of sugar. Each variety also has at least 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Here are the bars that rose to the top.
The petite size of these organic bars is perfect for littler kids. They're nut-free, wheat-free, and dairy-free to boot. Flavors include Mango Strawberry, Caramel Apple, Chocolate Banana, and Chocolate Cherry. ($4.99 to $6.99 for six bars)
These crispy gluten-free bars are packed with whole grains, including oats, millet, buckwheat, and quinoa. They are only 140 calories each, and their salty-sweet taste is a major kid-pleaser. We can attest that grown-ups like them, too. ($3.99 for five bars)
With five grams of protein and three grams of fiber, these hearty bars are almost guaranteed to keep your child full until her next meal. Plus, they're made with organic grains and come in kid-pleasing flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Mint. ($4.99 for five bars)
We love the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate flavor of these organic bars. They're not only tasty, they're also full of superfoods like chia seeds and quinoa. ($3.99 for 5 bars)
MySuperSnack has taken the bar and broken it into bites for easy snacking, especially for the smallest kids. Each resealable pouch contains four soft bites, and they come in three yummy flavors: Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Banana Acai, and Apple Raisin. In an informal tasting, one little tester was particularly fond of the Apple Raisin variety, requesting it in her lunch box every single day. ($2.49 per pouch)
These superfood grain-based bars come in three pump-you-up varieties: Power Grains & Flax, Superfood Trail Mix, and Dark Chocolate Almond. Look for them at Publix, Jewel, Raley's, and some natural food stores. They're also available online at Amazon. ($3.89 to $5.99 for five bars)
If there are food allergies in your family or your kid's classroom, this might be the bar for you. These bars are made with sunflower seed butter and are gluten-free, nut free, soy free, and dairy free. They're also low in sugar with only 4 grams per bar. ($4.29 for five bars)
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