9 Snacks Your Kids Won’t Even Realize Are Healthy
Mom-to-mom, these snacks are about to rock your world.
Our family eats very few processed, pre-packaged snacks. We have found that we feel better, sleep better, and work better when we focus our diet on nutrient-dense, real foods. Our toddler is emotionally balanced and has a generally calm demeanor, and we attribute a lot of that to our food choices.
But we do have a toddler. And we’ve found it’s FAR easier to carry healthy packaged snacks with us when we’re on-the-go, because, let’s be real - a banana stashed in a diaper bag is a disaster waiting to happen. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience.)
Mom-to-mom, I wanted to share a few of my favorite, on-the-go snacks that your kids won’t even realize are healthy. In fact, they may like them so much, they’ll think they’re a treat. Even better? You can throw them in the diaper bag without a second thought.
Oatmega Bars are gluten-free, low in sugar, and packed with protein. The flavors range from lemon chia to brownie, so there’s something for everyone’s tastebuds. Oatmega bars are easy to grab while running out the door… for mom and the kids. Oatmega bars are about $6 for a four-pack, which is a great deal considering the amount of nutrients packed into them!
Peter Rabbit organic fruit and veggie pouches are great for younger kids who have been introduced to solids, as well as toddlers. There are no weird added ingredients, and they taste delicious! (Not to mention there are tons of fruit and veggie combos available!) Individual pouches are about $2/each, and they run a bit cheaper if you buy a multi-pack.
My toddler seems to love snacks that involve dipping, and I know she can’t be the only one! Wild Garden hummus and pita chip snack combos are low in sugar and easy to take on-the-go. (Wild Garden also has a gluten-free version with quinoa chips!) These snack combos are $12 for a six-pack, which is a great deal when it comes to healthy snacks.
Next, the humble rice cake. When we’re on-the-go I toss a Lundberg Family Farms organic rice cake in a baggie and stick it in the diaper bag. Depending on the age of your child, you can either hand them the whole rice cake or break it into smaller pieces. If we’re eating these at home we like to add peanut butter or honey for a little something extra. And these are just $4 for 13 rice cakes, which is a killer deal!
I love that Annie’s organic bunny fruit snacks do not contain unnecessary extras like artificial flavors or preservatives. Also, no corn syrup. Although these won’t necessarily curb your child’s hunger, they are great to have on hand when your appointment is going just a little longer than necessary. (Which always seems to happen when children are tired and hungry, am I right??) Pick up a 5-pack of bunny fruit snacks for just $3.50. Bingo!
Okay, moment of truth: I’m mostly including these for the moms out there. Sure, your child might looooove almonds, but if not, it’s okay. Just keep $4 Blue Diamond roasted and salted almonds in the car for yourself. ;-) They are the perfect amount of salty and totally healthy. This isn’t necessarily a “snack-size” pack, but it’s small enough to stash and take with you when you’re on the go.
First of all, you just have to love the name of these pouches: GoGo Squeez. Second, pure apples and apple juice concentrate. No extras or hard-to-pronounce ingredients. And only $3 for a four-pack. That’s a win-win-win in my book. I love that they are resealable so I can put the cap back on when my toddler decides she only needed a little bit for now. Be sure to check out all of the varieties - they have more than just apples!
When we’re at home, we like Blue Diamond nut-thins with hummus or honey + peanut butter, but when we’re on-the-go they are great by themselves. Right now our favorite variety is the multi-seed blend, but be sure to check out the other options, too! For a cracker that is naturally gluten free, $3/box is a steal. A delicious, tasty steal.
Alright, this one might be another one for you, momma, but your kids will enjoy Skinny Pop too! You can pick up a 30 pack of 100-calorie bags at Walmart for $22.80—stick one in your purse for you, and a few in the diaper bag for your kids. Win, win.
Be sure to stock up on these on-the-go gems the next time you’re at Walmart because, really, who wants to clean smooshed banana out of the bottom of a diaper bag?! Honestly, ya’ll. So. GROSS.