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Back to School Snack Reviews
Back to School Snacks! Here are some quick, delicious snacks and drinks that are great for the lunch box or after school.
$1.00-$1.19 (single bottle); AquaBallDrink.com
Sugar-free, naturally flavored water is a healthier alternative to all of those sugary kids drinks. Available in four flavors, fruit punch, orange, berry frost and grape, AquaBall features fan favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters.
$1.29 each; ZingBars.com
Gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, kosher and with nine vegan options, Zing Bars are also low-glycemic and contain fiber from chicory or tapioca root and are free from any additives, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Zing Bars contain primarily mono- and polyunsaturated fats from nuts and seeds--the good fats that are essential to good health.
Otis Spunkmeyer “No Funky Stuff” Snacks
Prices vary; OtisSpunkmeyer.com
All the foods from Otis Spunkmeyer’s new line, deliciously sweet cookies, mini muffins, loaf cakes, crème cakes, and more, are made with better-for-you ingredients for a homemade taste. Even better, Otis Spunkmeyer promises “No Funky Stuff” which means the foods are made with no artificial flavors or colors, and no high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils—that’s really giving kids and parents something sweet to smile about this back to school season.
$2.49/8 oz., $4.99/4-oz. 4-pack; noosayoghurt.com
New “sweet heat” flavors will literally be the “spice” that you’re looking for. noosa yoghurt is a unique combination of sweet and tart taste plus a thick, velvety texture. It’s made in small batches with wholesome ingredients: all-natural whole milk, fresh fruit purees – made using the ripest, juiciest fruits – and infused with a touch of wildflower honey. One of the newest flavors, Mexican Chocolate, comes in a 4 oz. 4-pack size that makes it the perfect treat to add to their lunchbox ☺. Available in 4 oz. and 8 oz. sizes. Flavors include: Mexican Chocolate, Raspberry Habanero, Pineapple Jalapeno, Mango Sweet Chili, Blackberry Serrano and Bhakti Chai.
Drazil Kids Tea
$4.49 per 8-pack; Drazil.com
All Drazil Kids Teas start with a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea brewed fresh – never sourced from powder or concentrate, blended with real fruit juice. Available in four great-tasting, kid-approved flavors, including punch passion, grape bliss, tropical burst and yummy berry.
Bunches of Crunches
$6.50 per 11 oz. Bag; BakeryOnMain.com
Packed with certified gluten-free oats, ancient grains such as amaranth and millet, and superfoods like chia seeds and cacao. Made in the USA, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO, and are also OU Kosher, free of cholesterol, dairy and casein free, and have only 130 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. This new superfood GRAINola fuels the body with an amazing 10 grams of whole grains per serving.
Merry Bites are two-bite treats made with pure ingredients such as coconut oil, almond flour and maple sugar. Each bite is dehydrated at low temperatures to protect the delicate raw fats and preserve freshness of the ingredients. With flavors like cookie dough, salted brownie and vanilla, kids will love these.
$4.99 per 10-ounce bag; DandiesMarshmallows.com
Dandies are the first non-GMO verified marshmallows on the market. In addition to being vegan (no gelatin!), these marshmallows are also free of artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup and do not contain any wheat, corn or soy. The best part is, they’re air puffed, giving them a traditional light and fluffy texture that makes them indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
These amazing cookies will delight kids with rich chocolate chips, indulgent chocolate chunks and that wonderful homemade soft baked taste Nana's is famous for. They won't believe they are gluten free. 20 individually wrapped certified gluten free cookies prevent cross contamination.
Good Food Made Simple Breakfast Burritos
Mornings are busy and making time for a satisfying breakfast can be hard. To help simplify your routine and ensure the tastiest start to your day, Good Food Made Simple created a line of easy-to-prep Breakfast Burritos. Available in eight delicious varieties, it’s no wonder these are the #1 brand of breakfast burritos in the natural and organic segment.
Kid’s Tuna Creations Honey BBQ
The sweetness of honey and zestiness of the barbeque are a perfect combination with tuna – who knew? Your kids probably. And if they didn’t, they will once they try Kid's Tuna Creations™ Honey Barbeque. The best news – you get them to eat something they won’t realize is good for them. It’s perfect on a bun, crackers or top a pizza with it for a kid friendly treat. Also available in Bacon Ranch.
4th & Heart
Ghee is a delicious superfood with vast restorative properties that is similar to butter but is better for your health. This pure clarified butter is boiled to perfection eliminating all milk solids making it dairy, casein and lactose free. Ghee is an essential healthy fat and a nutrient powerhouse rich in Butyric Acid, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Omega fatty acids and medium chain triglycerides among others. Flavors include white truffle, east Asian garlic, Himalayan pink salt, Madagascar vanilla and original.
$27-$54 for 32-72 cakes; ElementSnacks.com
ELEMENT Snacks are GMO-free, gluten free, yeast-free, cholesterol free and BPA free, use no preservatives, yeast, artificial flavors, corn syrup, trans-fats or milk hormones and are made without preservatives, artificial flavors. They have no trans-fats, cholesterol or BPA. The dark chocolate is also certified vegan and non-GMO project verified.
Sparkling Ice 8 oz. Slim Cans
$5.99 per 8 Ct.; SparklingIce.com
Available in convenient 8-count fridge packs, Sparkling Ice offers four refreshing flavors in this new format, including fan favorites kiwi strawberry, orange mango, cherry limeade and black raspberry.
Outshine Fruit Bars
Outshine Fruit Bars make a refreshing after school snack that gives you a boost to take on the rest of the busy day – while keeping you cool. The Outshine® brand has improved the ingredients in eight of its popular Fruit Bar flavors, which boast fruit or fruit juice as the first ingredient. These flavors now have an average of 77% more real fruit or fruit juice and 11% less sugar.
$20/pack of 12; DrinkBodyArmor.com
BODYARMOR is a natural sports drink that is packed with electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. BODYARMOR is high in potassium and low sodium and contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, unlike many other sports drinks on the market. Comes in eight great tasting flavors.
GoMacro's newest line of bars is made up of a superfood ancient seed blend. These bars are low in sugar and sodium and a great source of fiber and protein. The delicious and unique flavors offer something for everyone in the family to enjoy. At under 200 calories, these bars are a great mid-day or after school snack.
INVO Coconut Water
With nothing artificial added, INVO Coconut Water has five essential electrolytes, is low in sugar and 99% fat free. Each bottle contains as much potassium as a banana and the cold crafting pasteurization process locks in all the nutrients, giving that freshly cracked coconut flavor, just as nature intended. And kids love it.
Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Yogurt Pouches.
The perfect solution for busy families, making delicious and satisfying yogurt available in a convenient, hand-held pouch. An enjoyable snack for both parents and children, Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt Pouches are available in several nutritious flavor combinations, including pear spinach mango, strawberry beet berry, vanilla and blueberry – something to suit every taste and preference whether enjoying morning, noon or night.
$35.88 for 12 bars; PHIVEbar.com
PHIVEbar is a distinct blend of fruits, nuts, and seeds that work in synergy with your body. Wholesome, nutritious and loaded with flavor, PHIVEbar is derived from an ancient recipe using the PHI ratio — a unique ratio found within nature. Every single ingredient is selected for its role in better health with nothing extra added. Super brain fuel, natural cleanser, digestive boost and more, the no-compromise PHIVEbar is loaded with superfoods and packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, contains no artificial ingredients, added sugars, gluten, soy or GMOs and is USDA organic, gluten-free, non-GMO verified and kosher. Available in original, blueberry and peanut.
Ginger’s Healthy Habits Veggie Trail Mix
$29.99/6 bags; GingersHealthyHabits.com
Ginger’s Healthy Habits Veggie Trail Mix is a superfood made from a mixture of vegetables, nuts, sprouted seeds and healthy yet delicious all natural flavors. Available in pepperoni pizza, maple cinnamon and garlic & herb, this trail mix is all organic, vegan, and gluten-free and the first trail mix that is high in protein, low in sugar and has vegetables.
Phenom Young Athlete
$42.95 for 2 lb container; PhenomNutrition.net
Phemon Young Athlete is a protein shake formulated specifically for kids and teens who are active in sports. What makes Phenom Young Athlete different from other nutritional shakes is the proprietary formulation and the all-natural ingredients. The protein is a blend of non-rBGH and non-rBST whey isolate and casein protein, which provides adolescents and kids with the longer lasting protein chain they need. Flavors include chocolate and vanilla and contains 18G of protein for healthy muscle growth and recovery, 9G of carbs to promote energy and endurance and 27 macronutrients.
Updated: August 2016
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