Top 10 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks for Little Ones.
Overwhelmed by the less than stellar snack options out there for kids these days? We are. The majority of the snacks in the supermarket aisles I fly by, because they aren’t options that we feel good about feeding Lucca and Lexi. When we’re looking for a snack for our little ones, we’re looking for nutrient-rich organic foods, without added sugar, without artifical coloring or flavors and with minimal added salt. Fiber, protein, healthy fats, probiotics, calcium, Vitamin D, antioxidants and more – all important when considering what foods to keep stocked in the house. Of course, we still have treats now and then, but the majority of the choices we offer are healthy options.
This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. As a Stonyfield ambassador, I also received product from Once Upon a Farm free of charge. All opinions are mine alone. Thank you, my readers, for supporting brands that make My Cape Cod Kitchen possible!
Today, I’m excited to share some news about the only food we’ve been buying regularly and eating daily for almost 3 years that HAS (well, had) added sugar …
Stonyfield just launched their new no-sugar-added YoBaby yogurt. And we are SO excited! It may not seem like a big deal, but for many of us parents, it is. Right? And for Stonyfield, it is, because moms (including me) have been asking for no sugar added yogurt for a long time. You see, we buy at least two 6-packs of YoBaby yogurt each week because the little ones gobble them up. Lucca eats at least one a day and has since he was 6-months old (he’s now almost 3). And now Lexi eats ¾ of one a day (she just turned 9 months). They’re the only baby yogurts we buy. We also go through 2-3 quarts a week of the Stonyfield whole milk vanilla quarts between Adrian’s morning parfaits and my afternoon snack smoothies.
While we loved YoBaby, there was one thing I always felt guilty about when buying it … the added sugar. I would rationalize to myself that it was “just a tiny bit” of added sugar (which it was) and the benefits of the other nutrients in the yogurt – calcium, probiotics, protein, vitamin D, potassium – far outweighed the negative effects of a few grams of sugar (so true) … but I felt guilty nonetheless. And Lucca and Lexi both LOVE the yogurt, so I felt (and as a Registered Dietitian, knew) that little bit of sugar couldn’t be that bad, especially because that’s really the only added sugar they have in their diet. And yes, we could have given them plain whole milk yogurt mixed with fruit purees, but that’s an extra step, and that didn’t happen. But both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association recommend ZERO added sugar for kids under 2, so the #momguilt was real. However, we continued giving them the yogurt because it was nutrient rich and they loved it.
But now … the mom guilt is gone. Well, at least for their favorite yogurt. Because the YoBaby Banana and Mango flavor now has NO ADDED SWEETENERS! It’s sweetened with either banana or mango puree, depending on the flavor. We can now add YoBaby to the list of our favorite no-sugar-added snacks. This sugar reduction is part of a wider reduction Stonyfield kicked off in 2017, where they reduced sugar across their portfolio. Thanks Stonyfield!
In addition to keeping sugar as low as possible for our family, we buy organic as much as we can in our house. Aside from the occasional sweet treat or goldfish cracker, the majority of what we eat is veggies, fruit, seafood, whole grains, nuts and beans. Lucca doesn’t really even know what a “treat” is and he’s just as happy and satisfied with raspberries, oranges, blueberries and strawberries as he is with cake or cookies. He loves his fruit and some of his veggies. And he really loves his “pouches.” You know, the organic fruit and veggie baby and kid pouches that are perfectly portable and are a saving grace for snacks on the go? I have to carry multiple “pouches” in my diaper bag and on my person at all times, because, like clockwork, anytime we go anywhere, he asks for a pouch. And every day after his nap, he asks for his water and a pouch. We love having them as an option because he doesn’t eat leafy greens, so this is a way to get him to eat spinach and kale. He’s gotten better about eating vegetables overall, but I still like the fact that most of these pouches contain both veggies and fruit – and nothing else.
Lucca loves these pouches so much that he thinks Daddy (hubby) works solely to buy Lucca pouches. Which is actually kind of cute. He hates to see Daddy go to work, and every morning says “Daddy no go to work. Daddy stay home with Lucca. Why Daddy go to work?” To which Daddy replies “I have to go to work so I can buy pouches for Lucca.” And that makes Lucca a bit less sad. When Daddy comes home with the groceries (he does the big shop for the week, while I do smaller trips depending on my weekly projects), Lucca helps Daddy unpack the groceries and puts his pouches away in the pantry.
Now, though, Lucca’s going to have to put some of his favorite pouches away in the fridge. Because … we’ve discovered THESE pouches.
Once Upon a Farm. Have you tried them? Let me tell you, these are not just for the kiddos. These are for mommies and daddies … anyone who wants a healthy, portable on the go snack that tastes really good. Lexi and I tried the apple, dates and cinnamon – which tasted just like freshly squeezed organic apple cider. And the coconut mango … tastes just like dessert – Lucca loved it. They’re all organic, cold-pressed and taste just like the food you’d make at home for baby. But you don’t have to make it. The best “baby/toddler” food I’ve tried. They are more expensive than other organic pouches and they need to be refrigerated (can be left out for 4 hours), but if you’re able to purchase a few of them per week, they’re a tastier alternative to shelf stable pouches. Lucca eats them straight out of the pouch. Lexi takes some by the spoonful, but prefers trying to suck the snack out of the pouch herself if she can get any.
Both the YoBaby yogurts and the Once Upon a Farm pouches are great organic no-sugar-added on-the-go snack options for toddlers and infants and thankfully, these two snacks are part of our growing list of healthy snacks for our little ones.
Here are our Top 10 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks for Little Ones. You can feel good about serving each pick alone or paired, as all these snack options contain minimal or no-added-sugar and are nutrient rich (containing one or more of: fiber/protein/healthy fats/antioxidants).
Top 10 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks for Little Ones:
- Organic yogurt (no sugar added)
- Fresh organic fruit – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges and bananas
- Organic fruit and veggie pouches (no sugar added)
- Organic applesauce (no sugar added)
- Mini boxes of raisins
- Nut butters (no sugar added)
- Whole grain pretzels/crackers
- Whole grain cereal (minimal sugar)
11 (Bonus!): RX kids bars (especially the apple cinnamon raisin flavor), because they’re made with only fruit + nuts + egg whites.
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A few other fun facts about YoBaby:
- It was the first yogurt made especially for babies and the #1 pediatrician recommended yogurt for babies and kids 6 months to 2 years.
- In addition to live active cultures, Stretococcus Thermophilus, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidus, Lactobacillus Casei, and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, YoBaby® yogurt now contains the probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis lactis BB-12® that has been shown to have a digestive health benefit when consumed regularly as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
- Stonyfield uses PLA cups (meaning, made from plants!) because plant-based packaging has a lower carbon footprint.