Fueling busy kids with healthy snacks is a tricky business, but four new tasty products make life on the go a little bit easier. Neatly packaged, portable and mess-free, they’re perfect for grabbing out of a backpack when hunger strikes. And need it be mentioned how healthy and delicious they are? These all-natural treats might be just as tempting for adults as they are for kids. Keep an eye out for these next time you’re at the grocery store.
FruitaBu All-Natural Smoooshed Fruit Rolls
If your kids are less inclined to eat healthy food and aren’t easily fooled, this snack’s for them. Disguised in a classic junk-food form, Smoooshed Fruit Rolls resemble similar fruit roll products, but they’re free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, additives and preservatives. Each snack also contains one whole serving of real fruit, so go ahead and trick your kids—it’ll be good for them. Try them in apple, strawberry and grape.
Kind Healthy Snacks, which prides itself in creating “bars made from ingredients you can see and pronounce,” has put a mini version of its product on the market. Though each bar contains only 107 to 115 calories, Kind claims its bars keep kids feeling full longer than other 100-calorie snacks because of a combination of natural fiber, protein and heart-healthy fats. Made from whole nuts and fruits, these wisely portioned bars taste more like an indulgence than a health food. Try all four flavors: Fruit and Nut Delight, Almond and Apricot, Almond Cashew Plus Omega-3, and Cranberry Almond Plus Antioxidants.
Fruitzio Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks
In Fruitzio’s smart alternative to greasy potato chips, fruit takes a light and crunchy form with a texture reminiscent of astronaut food. Packaged in a resealable pouch, Fruitzio snacks consist of nothing but fruit and cane sugar, and contain only 40 calories per serving—if your kids devour the entire bag, it’s still only 100 calories. It’s available in four flavors: Apples and Strawberries, Apricot, Peach, and Strawberry.
Bear Naked 100% Pure & Natural Trail Mixes
Forget that old standby of mixing chocolate candies with handfuls of peanuts and raisins. Featuring tasty mixtures of whole-grain granola clusters, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, Bear Naked’s concoctions will leave your old trail mix in the dust. Resealable pouches make this product easy to tote around, and it comes in three flavors: Cranberry Almond, Pecan Apple Flax, and Chocolate Cherry.
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