The prevailing trend toward adding more better-for-you, healthy snacks to our daily dietary routine has permeated all demographic sectors to varying degrees. But as any parent knows, childhood is a pivotal time for receiving requisite levels of nutrition—and for establishing strong, balanced dietary habits.
And while mealtimes are critical touchpoints for positive nutrition, we have become a nation of snackers. As such, providing access to healthy—and delicious—snacks for kids becomes paramount to charting a course toward lifelong healthy dietary habits.
As students of all ages head back to school, parents often find themselves on the lookout for the latest, better-for-you, healthy school snacks that their children can pack into their lunchboxes and backpacks—snacks that feed their minds, as well as their bellies. They’re searching for foods that their children will enjoy—and that they as parents can feel good about.
For the fifth annual SF&WB “Best Healthy School Snacks” survey, we gathered together some of the best healthy snack products and baked goods released within the past year or so (previous winners include Good Health Veggie Pretzels, Nature’s Bakery Gluten Free Fig Bars, Munk Pack Protein Cookies and Kakookies). The products that make up the selections for this year’s candidates all bring strong nutrition to snack time or the school cafeteria—and they all offer appealing flavor. Sometimes, they even bring a worthy cause into the picture.
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 near the end of September, along with an exclusive look at the winning product.