Nutrition is a vital part of setting kids up for a happy, healthy life. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, children in the U.S. today spend over 7.5 hours of time in front of a screen, and only one in three children is active every day. These factors, among others, translate into a higher risk of childhood obesity. Over 12.5 million (nearly 17 percent) of children are obese, and overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. In such a charged environment, parents continue to seek strategies that will help keep their children on the right nutritional track.
As students of all ages head back to school, parents find themselves searching anew for the latest, better-for-you, healthy school snacks that their children can pack into their lunchboxes and backpacks—snacks that feed their mind, as well as their belly. They’re searching for foods that their children will enjoy—and that they feel good about. And as we increasingly grow into a nation of snackers, more foods that ever before qualify as a “snack.” Sometimes, it just helps to narrow things down.
For the third annual Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery “Best Healthy School Snacks” survey, we gathered together some of the best healthy snack products and baked goods (previous winners include Good Health Veggie Pretzels and Nature’s Bakery Gluten Free Fig Bars). The products that make up the selections for this year’s candidates have all been released within the past year and bring some level of strategic nutritional merit to the table, including full servings of fruit or vegetables, notable levels of fiber and/or protein, and a wide range of nutritional grains and other ingredients. But despite their nutritional merits, these products all still offer appealing flavor and eating quality to kids of all ages.
Review the healthy snack and bakery products below and vote today for your selection as the top healthy school snack of the bunch. Stay tuned for the results of this contest, which will be released at the end of September, along with an exclusive look at the winning product.