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Our favorite “better for you” snacks

on September 15, 2012


The days of giving my kids kefir or greek yogurt as a snack everyday are quickly coming to an end.  My toddlers have reached the age where they want crispy snacks, like crackers and chips with dips like peanut butter or hummus, so I set out to find healthy alternatives to the nutrition-less kids crackers that are on the market, and here’s what I found:

1. Wild Riceworks – Chips made from whole grain brown rice and wild rice.  They have 2g of fiber, 2g of protein, and are low in sodium. These chips taste amazing and my kids love them with guacamole or hummus.

2. Beanitos – Katie and I met this company at the Fancy Food show and really liked the concept.  Their chips are made from real beans, providing great nutritional benefits like 5g of fiber and 4g of (complete) protein.  We really like their Pinto Bean and Flax Seed chips which provide a boost of Omega-3’s as well.  They taste great with fresh salsa.

3. Utz Organic 7 Whole Grain Pretzels – I’m not a huge pretzel fan, I find them to taste quite, well, boring, but I tried these because they were made with whole grains.  We LOVE them.  They taste great and are much healthier than your average pretzel, with 3g fiber and 3g protein, and whole flax flour for Omega-3, this is the type of snacking you can really enjoy.  They are even better with some peanut butter!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It just takes a little searching to find those “better for you” alternatives.  Happy snacking!

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