Go Fit Mom's Top 5 Least Processed Store Bought Snacks For Kids

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As a mom, I try to provide my kids with wholesome food that isn’t overly processed AND tastes great. Let’s face it though; navigating your way through the grocery store while glazing over reading food labels can be a time consuming chore. To make it simple for you, here are my top 5 least processed store bought snacks for kids. 



Larabars: With a super simple ingredient list consisting of fruit, nuts and spices, Larabars are a staple in our home. Larabars have no more than nine ingredients, are gluten free and Non-GMO. These bars are naturally sweetened with dates, and are loaded with calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, magnesium and fiber. With just under twenty flavors to choose from, you will be able to find a variety that your kids will love. If you’re trying to avoid added sugars, pass on the Larabar flavors that include chocolate chips. Larabars can be purchased at Meijer, Kroger or most health food stores such as Fresh Tyme Farmers Market. Larabars are also incredibly simple to make at home, which is what we usually do. 
For my quick and easy recipe, which is similar to the Cashew Cookie flavor, click here.



Skinny Pop Popcorn: One of our favorite snacks, Skinny Pop boasts a list of only three ingredients and a pretty impressive list of added perks. Skinny Pop is cholesterol free, zero trans fats, preservative free, dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free, gluten free, Non-GMO and a good source of fiber. I don’t really think I need to elaborate anymore. PLUS, if mom wants to sneak in a few bites, she can do so guilt free! One serving of Skinny Pop is just under four cups with only 150 calories. That’s pretty good! Limit it to one serving though because it does contain ten grams of fat which will catch up with you! Skinny Pop can be purchased at Kroger, Costco or most health food stores such as Fresh Tyme Farmers Market. Another great brand of popcorn is Boom Chick-a-Pop, which can be purchased at Meijer and most health food stores.



Gerber Organics Fruit Packs: No, I don’t have a “baby” anymore (our youngest is actually two) but you can’t go wrong with this ridiculously easy and healthy snack. Gerber Organics Fruit Packs travel well and are a snack that my 5 & 6 year old STILL prefer. If we pack a lunch for them, they want one of these in it. If you want to be even more prepared, pack two. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in a little veggies. These are unsweetened, unsalted, no artificial flavors or colors. Gerber Organics Fruit Packs can be purchased at Meijer of Kroger. You can compare these to GoGo SqueeZ applesauce, which are another great option. We’ve never purchased GoGo Squeez, but I understand they can be purchased at Target. 



Triscuits -  Original Flavor: Yes, as far as store bought snacks go, Triscuits fall in to the “not overly processed” category! I NEVER would have thought to even look at Triscuits until I read about them on 100 Days of Real Food. Again, these are not a health food, but have a short, pronounceable ingredient list that I’m ok with giving to my children in moderation.


Kettle Brand Chips - Sea Salt Flavor: Ok, let’s be clear… potato chips are potato chips. These are not a health food by any stretch, but who doesn’t want a potato chip treat every once in a while? Typically when you look at the ingredient label on a bag of chips you’re going to find a variety of chemicals, artificial flavors and artificial colors that you can’t even pronounce. Kettle Brand keeps it simple. As an example, their Sea Salt flavor has a short and simple list of only three ingredients. Potatoes, oil and sea salt. Simple! Kettle Brand can be purchased at Meijer, Kroger or most health food stores such as Fresh Tyme Farmers Market.
So there you have it! If you’re a mom on-the-go looking for some quick and simple snacks that aren’t overly processed, you now have a list to choose from!

Jennifer Boudreau
Jen is a former personal trainer, fitness manager and group fitness instructor. I am a work-from-home wife and mom with three kids, age four and under. I can relate with many of you who are simply trying to merge a healthy lifestyle with a SUPER busy life. Helping you reach your health and fitness goals is my purpose.
Keep up with Jen on her blog Go Fit Mom and Twitter @gofitmom

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