Chewy, crunchy, gooey—today's natural kids' snacks offer the look and taste kids demand minus conventional products' high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and white flour. This gets the thumbs-up from parents looking for prepared, healthy alternatives that fit into a lunch box. When ordering kids' snacks, remember that parents scan labels for key terms like fiber, whole grains and low sugar. The following products are good places to start.
Low sugar: Stoneyfield Farms YoKids yogurt contains 25 percent less sugar than leading conventional brands.
Prebiotics: Kozy Shack Simply Well pudding offers 3 grams of prebiotic fiber.
Protein: Organic Valley Stringles cheese snacks boast 7 grams of protein.
Fiber: Kashi TLC Fruit and Grain Bars serve up 4 grams of dietary fiber.
Vegetables: Pirate's Booty Veggie puffs contain a blend of spinach, kale, broccoli and cabbage.
EFAs: Dr. Sears Popumz crisps feature omega-3s from fish oil.
Vitamins: Materne GoGo Squeez fruit purées provide 15 percent of kids’DRI for vitamin C.
Whole grains: Late July Organic Mini Whole Grain Sandwich Cookies supply 8 grams of whole grains.