Want to be sure you’re sending your kids to school with snacks that aren’t just candy in disguise? We’ve put together a list of top-quality snacks to keep your kids fuelled from morning recess to after-school practice.
These convenient eats are all made with natural sweeteners, whole-food ingredients and less than 8 grams of sugar per serving. They’re also available in most grocery stores and, most important, are fun to eat. Put these treats on your back-to-school snack supplies list, and everyone will be happy.
Nativa Organics bite-sized cookies
Nativa makes classic crowd-pleasing cookies — teddy grahams, animal crackers and chocolate chip and gingersnap button cookies — with organic ingredients. The best part? They’re at much-lower-than-organic prices. You can find them at most Shoppers Drug Marts that carry groceries.
Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
These crispy crackers make great savoury bites for recess. Made with real cheese and no hydrogenated oils or preservatives, Annie’s crackers are as healthy for busy little bodies as they are easy to toss into a backpack.
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Sensible Portions Veggie Straws
All the flavour and crispness of potato chips but without the trans fats and grease make Sensible Portions‘ air-popped Veggie Straws winners. They’re made of potato starch, tomato paste and spinach powder to give these straws their red, green and beige colours, so no fake colours or flavours are involved.
Kashi granola bars
When it comes to granola bars, Kashi is your best bet. With less than 8 grams of sugar and over 5 grams of protein per bar, your kids get a serving of grains that packs a nutritional punch. Try kid-pleasing flavours like dark chocolate coconut or trail mix.
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Laughing Cow Mini Babybel cheese
These tasty little darlin’s pack 6 grams of protein per serving as well as vitamin A, vitamin B12 and calcium. The red wax shell ensures the cheese stays fresh in a lunch box for the whole school day.