10 Healthy Treats to Help Your Kids Snack Smarter This Summer
Pack These Snacks in Your Kids' Bag All Summer Long
Whether your child is off for a long day of play at day camp, or if you're organizing a care package for a camper at a sleepaway summer camp, these healthy, better-for-you snacks are all great choices to fuel your child. With the help of Jamie Vespa, Cooking Light's assistant nutrition editor, we've pulled 10 new delicious and kid-friendly snacks that are all Prime-eligible on Amazon. You can feel good about what your children are snacking on—plus, you'll save a few bucks by reordering all summer long.
RXBar Kids' Apple Cinnamon Raisin
MadeGood Granola Bars
At just 90 calories and 6g of sugar, it's almost hard to believe that these wholesome bars are packed with chocolatey goodness. They're a great pick-me-up option to keep kids satiated all day.
Buy It: 6 Boxes, $23
Saffron Road's Savory Chickpea Mix
If your child is a big fan of hummus at snack time, they'll fall in love with these toasted, flavored chickpeas. And you can feel good about your kids popping them by the handful—each serving has 6g of protein and just 130 calories.
Buy It: Per pack, $3.82.
Boom Chicka Pop's Cheddar Cheese Popcorn Snack Packs
Boom Chicka Pop needs no introduction: One of the healthiest pre-popped, bagged popcorns on the market, it has become a favorite snack for many families. These portable, munchie-sized bags are a lifesaver when hunger strikes.
Buy It: Box of 12 bags, $2.58 per bag.
SmashMallow Flavored Air-Fluffed Marshmallows
If your child is clamoring for a sweet treat, this gluten-free take on a summertime classic clocks in at just 80 calories per serving and a more manageable 15g of sugars. Bonus: There are four different flavors to choose from.
Buy It: Pack of 4, $17
Bare Sweet Potato Chips
Bare is becoming a go-to brand for many families, and this satisfyingly salty snack feels like a freshly fried batch of sweet potato fries—without any of the extra calories or fat. These little bags are a great option to stick into any lunch box.
Buy It: Pack of 8, $5.67 per bag.
Bare's Better-For-You Ranch Chips
In a taste test, one editor compared these delicious carrot-based chips to a very well known (and infamously unhealthy) tortilla chip on the market that's also is available in a cool ranch flavor. Do we really need to name names?!
Buy It: Pack of 8, $5.63 per bag.
Cheese-Flavored Crunchies Made of Peas
Okay, this product's name should give you an inkling of how amazing it'll be: Peatos. Sound familiar? A third of the bag is 130 calories and has just 200mg of sodium, so feel free to let your little one lick the cheese powder right off their fingers.
Buy It: Pack of 4, $3.25 per bag.
Actually Tasty Kale Chips
Chips that aren't chips are sometimes disregarded because of a bad rep—but these crunchy robust kale chips are a favorite for many editors here at Cooking Light. You can buy them in four different flavors, and at just 150 calories for half of the large bag, it's a great side to any bagged lunch.
Buy It: All four flavors, $21
Blue Diamond Gourmet Black Truffle Almonds
We previously heralded this snack as our favorite of 2018. I'm not sure how Blue Diamond manages to pack so much flavor into a snack that is extremely light (24 almonds for a mere 140 calories), but young ones will love the savory, cheese-like profile of these almonds—they truly taste like cheese ravioli nuts.
Buy It: Pack of 4, $9 per bag.