Friday Finds: Favorite Summer Food Trends

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Summer is in full force, and that means tons of beach trips and park picnics. We recently discovered a collection of interesting and delicious snack and drink ideas that are must-haves for any summer adventure.

18 Rabbits: We are huge fans of portable snacks and one of our favorites is 18 Rabbits, a line of organic granola bars that are made with the purest ingredients available. For kids, we love 18 Rabbits Jr.and how they are portioned to fit smaller appetites but also pack the same big flavor – plus the chewy texture makes them easy for kids to eat. This includes a delicious line featuring flavors like Mango Strawberry, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Cherry and Cranberry Apricot that have been a staple in my kids' camp lunch boxes.

Bark ThinsLooking for a chocolately treat that won't leave you feeling guilty (aren't we all?!) Then, you will love barkTHINS, an indulgent treat that is made with fair-trade chocolate and non-GMO ingredients. This includes treats that are packed with flavor and offer a delicious combination of sweet and savory in their unique blends like Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut and Almonds, Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa and Agave, Dark Chocolate Toasted Almonds, Dark Chocolate Mint and much more! Insider tip - be sure to freeze these treats for a delicious end-of-the evening snack.

For a unique drink option for the kids, we love the low sugar and organic drink options from Little Me Tea. This includes flavors such as Julia's Tropical Tea and Zane's Grape Tea. that is caffeine-free tea sweetened withantioxidant-rich blend of white, rooibos, chamomile & hibiscus teas sweetened only with fruit and vegetable juices that boasts the lowest sugar content of any kids' drink on the market. Additionally, these juice boxes are gluten-free, vegan and low in calories with only 25 per serving. A great alternative to juice, we love this as a staple in our summer picnic baskets and for back-to-school.

Funley’s offers all-natural and delicious snacks including their Stix in the Mud ($4.29) line which come in “Original”, “Caramel” and “Peanut Butter.” Their newest line called Super Crackers ($3.99) featuresa superfood veggie as the base ingredient behind delicious flavors like “Pizza n’ Stuff” and “Ranch n’ Stuff.” Lastly, their Wholly Granolly Clusters ($4.69) include 10-12 grams of whole grains per serving and their “Double Chocolate” flavor is a top seller in school vending machines.

NUWI Quinoa Snack: We just discovered a new way to enjoy quinoa - by drinking it! This super food is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and the new NUWI Quinoa Snack is a great way to enjoy these benefits in a liquid form. This includes a tasty variety of flavors such as Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry and Banana, Carrot & Ginger, Split Peas and Tomato. We recently tried these snacks, and love how refreshing and satisfying they are as well as how they are made with certified organic quinoa, organic fruits and vegetables, organic low-glycemic agave nectar and Himalayan pink salt for a healthy pick-me-up! They also contain no refined sugars, dairy or soy and are non-GMO as well as gluten-free and vegan.

Old Orchard Brands: Lemonade is a quintessential summer drink, and this year we have been enjoying a variety of naturally sweetened lemonade drinks from Old Orchard Blends. This includes Country-Style Lemonade and Pink Lemonade that are made with real lemon juice and naturally sweetened that delivers the classic taste that everyone will love. This also includes blends that have no artificial flavors or preservatives and are packed with 100% Vitamin C/ 

Happy Child Super Nutrition ShakesWe are huge fans of Happy Family, and they recently launched a delicious new line featuring chocolate and vanilla shakes. This also includes shakes that are packed with fiber, essential vitamins, 21 vitamins and minerals and calcium. Both of my girls love these sweet and healthy snakes that also happen to be packed with 8g of protein, certified USDA organic, have no artificial sweeteners and flavors, non-GMO, contain zero trans fat and come in packaging made without the use of BPA.

Santé Nuts: We are big fans of nuts for healthy snacking-on-the-go and one of our favorite new lines is candied and spiced nuts from Sante Nuts. Offering something a little different from your typical nut, Sante Nuts offers a line of nuts that are hand roasted, using a secret roasting method that allows for minimal absorption of oil into the nut, resulting in a healthier product with a just-right balance of sweet and spice, and a crispy crunch. This also includes a line with unique and memorable flavors like spicy chipotle almonds, sweet candied pistachios, cardamom cashews, garlic almonds and more for a sophisticated burst of flavor. Additionally all of the nuts are gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, non-GMO and simply delicious.

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