He’s Green She’s Green: Lunchbox Snacks

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by John and Jennifer Burkhart

Parenting sure isn’t for the faint of heart. There are a million and one things to do and keep track of, all while deprived of sleep. (So if our reviews don’t make sense, zzzzz.) Preparing healthy food can often take precious time, and a bit of convenience goes a long way. When you’re prepping your little one’s lunches, picking a quick option doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition or organic foods. Read on to see which lunchbox snacks to add to your cart during your next shopping trip.

Late July | Classic Rich Crackers, USDA Organic

Late July crackersHE SAID: These rich, buttery crackers are the chameleons of the snack world. You can dress them up a million different ways: as mini sandwiches, mini pizzas, or even desserts. They are a bit heavy compared to Ritz crackers, but that’s a small price to pay for organic ingredients. It’s a good idea to keep a box of these on hand for any snack situation.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID: These salty, buttery and crispy crackers are nostalgic snacks that bring me back to my childhood. The dense texture was surprisingly filling, but probably necessary to keep me from chowing through the entire box.

She gave it: ★★★★

Stonyfield  | Yokids Squeezers, Cherry & Berry, USDA Organic

Stonyfield Yo Kids yogurtHE SAID: Does anyone know why kids are more likely to eat food that’s in tube form? I sure don’t. These YoKids Squeezers are a great way to use that strange fact to your advantage. This delicious low-fat berry yogurt contains six live active probiotics. It makes a versatile snack, too – try freezing it for a frozen yogurt treat.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID: Wow! I tried the “berry” flavor, which is a mix of strawberry and raspberry. It was smooth and creamy with an intense berrylicious flavor. Portability is a plus, as there’s no need for a spoon or bowl. Perfect for the lunchbox or anywhere on the go.

She gave it: ★★★★★

Clif Kid | Twisted Fruit & Veggie Rope, Mango Mania, USDA Organic

Clif Kid Fruit and Veggie RopeHE SAID: Here is another product that seems to over advertise and under deliver. Clif Kid adds just enough vegetable puree to these gummy snacks to put the word “veggie” on the front of the box, yet the nutrition info shows almost zero vitamin content. You would have no problem getting your kids to eat these mango-flavored treats, but do them a favor and buy real fruits and vegetables instead.

He gave it: ★★

SHE SAID: This is another option of the “gummy” snacks that all kids want, but with the sneaky addition of carrots and sweet potatoes. These ropes were sweet and tart but had an odd grainy texture. The fun “peel apart” action will entertain the little ones, but be warned: you’ll be picking sticky bits out of your teeth for days.

She gave it: ★★★

Field Day Organic | Diced Peaches and PEars, USDA Organic

peachespearsHE SAID: I love the simplicity and portability of these fruit cups – just toss them in a lunchbox with a spoon. The fruit is nowhere near as tasty as the fresh variety, but sliced peaches and pears with no added sugar in a convenient pull-top cup is pretty handy.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: When you need a super convenient snack, these fruit cups are the way to go. No icky, thick syrup here, just pear juice. The peaches and pears are soft and sweet. Nothing beats fresh fruit, but this will do in a pinch.

She gave it: ★★★

Honest Kids | Fruit Punch, USDA Organic

honestsuperfruitHE SAID: It must be the dream of being an astronaut that makes juice from a laminated aluminum pouch taste better. These tasty fruit juice pouches totally brought out the wannabe astronaut in me. Low in sugar and high in flavor, I tasted mostly grape with a hint of watermelon. Serve this in a cold, zero-gravity room to complete the experience.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID: If your kiddo enjoys drinking water, then this juice pouch will definitely be a hit. To me, it was like I drank 90 percent of my grape juice with ice, and this “fruit punch” is what was left at the bottom of my cup on a hot summer day. Sour water would be another good description.

She gave it: ★★

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