We all love our snacks in a box or a bag. Quick, easy, convenient -- but the goal is to find the ones that are delicious without making you feel guilty or sluggish after you or the kids treat yourself. And with school in swing, those lunchboxes need to be filled, and when the kids get home from school they are usually hungry and ready for some immediate snack gratification.
Here you will find a handful of great snacks to reach for, and you’ll see that many of them have no artificial additives... or colors, and many are GMO free and some even gluten free. Because we’re not going to stop snacking – but we are going to try and snack better!
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You can tell just by looking at these snacks that something good is going on. But don’t let the name or the fact that they are made with a variety of sprouted ingredients fool you (did you know that sprouting makes it easier for your body to absorb all of the good nutrients in various grains and seeds? I did not, but now I do) -- they are delicious. They come in a wide variety of flavors, from Black Bean to Multi Grain to Sweet Chili to Sriracha to Nacho, which will remind you of a chip that... rhymes with “Moritos”. Great for snacking, great with dips, like Cheesy Kale and Scallion Dip, Tex Mex Bean Dip and Spicy Guacamole.
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These bars (made by and sold at Target stores), were super solid, really satisfying. All three flavors were met with happy thumbs-ups: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Apple Berry. They come in a nice compact size, which is great for little ones, or portion control. Made with 12 grams of whole grains per bar.
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We are popcorn fans (addicts?) in our house. The kind of people who really should only buy popcorn in single serve bags. But that’s not our style. We were very happy to discover this brand with flavors ranging from Cheddar to Sea Salt to Olive Oil, and an interesting hit was the Kale flavor. Available in microwave varieties, too. Non GMO and with a transparent supply chain for those who like to see exactly where each ingredient in their snacks comes from.
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These guys keep coming out with new combos, and a prettier chip is hard to find (this may not be a big concern in the lunchbox, but I rarely put out plain chips when people come over; Terra Chips are the exception). My recent favorite combo is a bowl filled with a mix of two of their flavors: Pickled Beets and Sweets & Beets. Non-GMO, Gluten-Free.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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These bars contain just fruits and vegetables; very, very simple. The favorite flavors were Cherry Apple and Mango Apple, made with Chia seeds, which reminded us of old fashioned fritter leathers. 2 servings of fruit per bar, no sugar added, good source of fiber, dairy free, vegan, non-GMO, Gluten-Free.
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These crackers have a great texture, and while I could absolutely see serving them with cheese, what we really wanted to do was just devour them straight out of the bag. We usually gravitate towards the plainer versions – like the Sea Salt, but if you are looking for something with a punchier flavor there is also Roasted Garlic, White Cheddar, and Roasted Vegetables. Nice source of fiber, Gluten-Free.
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If cornbread could will itself into becoming a chip, this is what would happen. Baked (in a nut-free-facility), these are very flavorful, with a very satisfying texture. A nice change of pace from other chips. Flavors include original, jalapeno, and the new (and very on trend) honey butter.
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These satisfying chips are made with a variety of beans, corn and a bit of oil and salt, and that’s it. The beans are popped for a light and crispy and very engaging texture. Really delicious, and also visually appealing. Salt of the Earth was the favorite flavor (we tend to be purists), but they also come in Cha-Cha-Chili. Vegan. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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These crisp and crunchy popped corn chips come in a variety of flavors from Salt of the Earth to Cheddar Feel-Good to Sweetly Salted Caramel to Sweet Heat Chili. They are gluten free, dairy free and have “no artificial anything” in them.
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Many cultures rely on the humble chickpea for nutrition and protein. In this crispy snack they are perfect for satisfying a craving for crunch, and at the same time getting a hefty dose of fiber and protein. Flavors include Sea Salt, Chipotle, and Falafel. Vegan, Non GMO, organic, Gluten-Free.
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These Mac n’ Cheese flavored little nuggets will remind you of a certain crunchy cheese snack , but they are made with beans! A decent amount of protein and fiber in every serving is the result, and the cheese flavor is just as powdery finger-licking as you would hope. Serious crunch, too. Gluten-free.
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If you are looking for a crunchy snack with some heft to it, then Stacey’s Pita Chips are probably going to make you very happy. We love the Simply Naked and the Multigrain (which are also a great vehicle for transporting all kinds of dips from bowl to hungry mouths), but if you want some built in flavor to your chip then you might want to try their many other flavors including Fire Roasted Jalapeño, Parmesan Garlic and Herb, and Toasted Cheddar varieties. Don’t try to eat these in secret -... the crunch will blow your cover.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Available in traditional and Sweet and Spicy Red pepper flavors, these little portable plastic cups of hummus accompanied by blue and white chips, are a great way to offer up a dip-able protein-filled snack. The chickpeas in the hummus also provide a lot of fiber as well. Both flavors went over well with my tasters. Very simple ingredients, gluten-free.
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These chips from Good Heath taste and feel very indulgent (and they are in fact, a chip!), but you have the added bonus of a hefty dose of Vitamins A and C, and the inclusion of 8 vegetables including shiitake mushrooms, carrots, kale, spinach, broccoli, beets and tomatoes. They come in Sea Salt, Jalapeno Ranch, and three other flavors. No nuts, cholesterol, GMOs (in most varieties), and gluten-free.