Lately I feel like all I do is feed my two children. I hear all day long, "My belly is hungry" and "May I have a snack?" As a green-minded mama, I work hard to make sure any pre-made snacks I buy are not only organic, but nutritious and appealing to the children.
These five brands are my go-to Organic snacks for kids without any dyes, preservatives, additives, hydrogenated oils or GMOs. Organic snacks are becoming more readily available, and can be more expensive than traditional snacks, but are well worth in my opinion.
Organic Snacks for Kids
Annie's: We love everything by Annie's. Although not all the products are organic, enough of them are so that we have a choice. We usually stick with the Organic Snack Mix for a snack of pretzels, bunny crackers and cheesy bunnies. They are widely available from the natural section in your grocery store to Target and Buy, Buy Baby.
Late July: We eat a lot of crackers in our house. They are so easy to take on-the-go, and they go with everything. I can pack hummus, cheese, a bean dip or serve them plain and the kids will gobble them up. I love the original saltine crackers from Late July as well the mini-peanut butter crackers made with real peanut butter. Available in health food stores and Whole Foods, but Amazon and also Plum Market sells their brand. Made in the USA. (Their own website is under construction so currently you can not purchase directly from them)
Nature's Path: I usually make my own granola bars but now that I'm working more and more, I don't always have time to whip up a batch. When looking for a nutritious, organic granola bar, I always turn to Nature's path. My kids love the Pumpkin and Spice ones. I love that they are rich in Omega 3, have both nuts, and a veg and taste delicious. I usually purchase them in my health food store as they give me a discount if I buy in bulk (I like to do this because it helps cut down on the natural resources used for both transportation and production, and saves me money!) Check your health food store or Nature's Path online for their huge selection of organic cereals, snacks and bars. I love how they've recently introduced more eco friendly packaging!
Newman's Own Organics: We love their pretzels. They have 10 varieties from which to choose. I love the spelt ones and the kids prefer the rounds or the sticks. I love that they are full disclosure company, clearly label their products, are certified organic and they give millions to charity. Newman's Own brand makes cookies, pretzels, candy treats such as peanut butter cups, and popcorn.
Peeled Snacks: I strive to get in all of our daily servings of fruits and veggies even when we're on the go. I recently found the brand Peeled Snacks and I love their organic dried fruit, and fruit blends. They have no added sugar, and offer a full serving of fruit in each serving! The "much ado about mango" is a house favorite here, but I prefer the "apricot- a -lot." I love love love that they work hard with local farmers, support sustainable farming and built their whole company around a eco conscious philosophy. You can purchase their products in their online store, but can find them at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Whole Foods.
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