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Healthy food swaps for your kiddo’s lunchbox (INFOGRAPHIC)

Founder of Nutritious Life (a private nutrition practice in NYC), author of 4 books, Womens Health Mag contributor, tv personality, mom, list maker, & lover of all things green.

Keep your kids healthy at school with these smart lunch box swaps

“I’m bored of this chicken!” “An apple again mom?” Meal time, snack time, pretty much food time can be a challenge for us moms.

It’s hard enough to get our kids to eat sometimes... we all know picky eaters... let alone eat wholesome foods we, as moms, feel good about fueling them with. Snacking, especially for kids, is hugely important. Not only does it bridge the gap between meals and provide energy to keep our little chickens going but for many kids it is the place they receive most nutrients! I always say that snack food needs to be real food, not just filler food. Here are a few convenient snack swaps that will provide nutrients for your kids and make their bellies happy while keeping you smiling too.

Keep your kids healthy at school with these smart lunch box swaps

1. Instead of fruit snacks with high fructose corn syrup try Horizon Super Squeeze Pouches

The traditional fruit snacks you may be giving your kids are often loaded with high fructose corn syrup and dyes such as Red 40. Try the Horizon Super Squeeze Pouches for a wholesome and convenient snack packed with 5 grams of protein.

2. Instead of potato chips try popcorn with sea salt

Homemade baked potato slices are perfectly OK. Unfortunately, the chips you buy in a bag are usually fried and salted taters and sometimes even a combo of wheat, corn, rice and potato flakes! Popcorn isn’t just for the movies and doesn’t have to be junk. In fact, popcorn is a whole grain. Just make sure you are getting a non-GMO version!

3. Instead of individual ranch dip try individual hummus

Have you ever read the ingredient list on the ranch dip you give your kids? I’d rather they skip the veggies than get them with that chemical concoction. Instead, switch to hummus, which has more fiber and protein.

4. Instead of cheese crackers try Horizon Organic Cheddar Snack Crackers

A cracker is still a cracker but if you must have a cheesy one, you want to make sure it has as little junk as possible. Horizon’s are made with organic cheese and have no artificial colors to make these guys shine!

5. Instead of dried fruit try Horizon Organic Apple Fruit Crunchers

Traditional dried fruit often contains harmful nitrites and added sugar. The ingredient list for this dehydrated fruit option by Horizon reads: organic apples. How do you like ‘dem apples?

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between Horizon Organic and SheKnows.

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