Stuff We Love Awards 2013: Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids

From chips made from veggies to applesauce on the go, we found the best healthy snacks that our kids love as much as we do. Comment below on your top picks for a chance to win $500!

Best Yogurt Snack for Kids: Chobani Champions Tubes

 Packaged & Healthy Snacks For Kids

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What they are: Tube yogurt is great for easy mornings (not to mention portion control), but this is the only portable Greek yogurt of its kind on the market

Why we love them
: "My kids have no clue that yogurt is nutritious and healthy. My youngest goes through three or four in one sitting!" —Maryam, blogger, Elite Mama

To buy: Chobani Champions Tubes, $2.79 for a box of 8; For stores see chobanichampions.com

 

Best Fruit Snack for Kids: Plum Organics Fruit & Veggie Shredz

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What they are: All-fruit snacks are great and kids love them. But all-fruit snacks that are packed with veggies, like carrots and kale, too? That's a whole other level of healthy. 

Why we love them: "I was shocked at how (a) my kids think it's the best snack ever, (b) they sell it at Target (c) it's way healthy." —Samantha Fein, blogger, Garza Girls

To buy: Plum Organics Fruit Shredz, $4.49 for a box of 5 at plumorganics.com

 

Best Crispy Snack for Kids: PopChips Nacho Cheese Chips

Best Crispy Snack for Kids: PopChips Nacho Cheese Chips

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What they are: These savory, crunchy popped chips totally scratch the snack itch, and they're a lower-fat and lower-calorie option than regular potato chip.

Why we love them: "My son loves chips — especially nacho chips. These are a healthier option than most and he can't even tell the difference." —Erika Janes, senior editor, iVillage

To buy: PopChips Nacho Cheese Chips, $20.50 for 24-count single-servings at popchips.com and in supermarkets nationwide

 

Best Crunchy Snack for Kids: Bare Fruit Apple Chips

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What they are: These crunchy snacks are made from one thing: apples. They're low-calorie, high-fiber and super satisfying.

Why we love them: "I don't always have time to slice up fruit for snacking when we're in a rush. My kids love these snacks as much as regular chips, and they're so much healthier." —Shari Brooks, blogger, My Judy the Foodie

To buy: Bare Fruit Apple Chips, $2.00 per 1.69-oz. bag; For stores see barefruitsnacks.com

 

Best Granola Bar Snack for Kids: Cascadian Farm Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter

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What they are: Somehow these delicious organic granola bars have only seven—seven!—ingredients. There are two per pack, perfect for sharing (or portion control).

Why we love them: "These granola bars are organic (which I like) and made with peanut butter cups (which the kids like). They also prevent snack-related meltdown before swim lessons or a long car ride, at least in my house." —Lesley Kennedy, blogger, Shop at Home

To buy: Cascadian Farm Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars, $6 for a box of 10; For stores see cascadianfarm.com

 

Best Chocolate Snack for Kids: Quaker Chocolate Crunch Rice Cakes

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What they are: While rice cakes aren't a nutritional powerhouse, this chocolate version is way better than a plate of chocolate chip cookies, especially at just 60 calories a cake. 

Why we love them: "My kids have no idea these are healthy—they just see chocolate and think it's dessert. Shh! No one tell them these are often considered a diet food." — Sasha E, iVillage reader

To buy: Quaker Chocolate Crunch Rice Cakes, $5.40 for two bags at amazon.com

 

Best Cheese Snack for Kids: Cabot Snack Size Sharp Light Cheddar

 Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids

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What they are: We love cheese's calcium- and protein-packed creamy goodness. Its saturated fat, not so much. At half the fat of Cabot's regular cheddar, this is zero-guilt cheese you can feel good about dropping in the lunch box.

Why we love them: "These snack-size cheeses are a lifesaver for me and my kids when we're out and about and hungry. My kids love them and they're a nice change from the ubquitous string cheese sticks." —Lisa Moran, parenting editor, iVillage

To buy: Cabot Snack Size Sharp Light Cheddar Cheese, $5.00; For stores see cabotcheese.coop

 

Best Crunchy Snack for Kids: Willamette Valley Honey Nut Granola Chips

 Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids

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What they are: Marry a crunchy cracker with a sweet cereal and you've got a granola chip. With 3 grams of fiber and 90 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, these tasty snacks (made with whole grain brown rice, oats, quinoa and barley) are also low in fat and sugar.

Why we love them: "It's so rare to find a snack that actually is a new idea! These sweet and crunchy granola chips are as satisfying as they are good for you." —Lindsay Tigar, associate editor, iVillage

To buy: Willamette Valley Honey Nut Granola Chips, $4.40 for a 6.2-oz. bag at vitacost.com

 

Best Applesauce Snack for Kids: GoGo Squeez

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What they are: Applesauce wasn't exactly known as a portable snack until these pouches came along. No mess, and no spoon needed! You also won't find any artificial colors or flavors, or high fructose corn syrup.  

Why we love them: "My 2-year-old loves these applesauce snacks (especially the apple banana blend) because they're tasty. I love that they're relatively mess-free (he can eat them himself!), portable and all-natural. Plus, the packaging is BPA-free and resealable. Win-win!" Ellen P., iVillage reader

To buy: GoGo Squeez Applesauce On The Go, $7.97 for 12 3.2-oz. pouches at gogosqueez.com

 

Best Nut Snack for Kids: Blue Diamond Almonds 100-Calorie Packs

Best Nut Snack for Kids: Blue Diamond Almonds 100-Calorie Packs

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What they are: There are few snacks that do as much heavy lifting as the humble almond. Each filling 100-calorie pack contains 4g of protein, 2 g of fiber as well as Vitamin E and magnesium. For kids over 4 (whole nuts are a choking hazard for younger kids), they can help "absolutely starving" kids make it 'til dinnertime.

Why we love them: "I can keep a stash of these in the armrest of the car and I don't have to worry about them melting. And I rely on these as a healthy snack as much as the kids do." —Jenny Rosenstrach, blogger, Dinner: A Love Story

To buy: Blue Diamond Almonds 100-calorie packs, $3.99 for a box of 7; For stores see bluediamond.com

 

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