We all want our house to be the cool house. Kids have enough stress and anxiety without having to deal with the social ramifications of having a Mum who only offers their friends fibre crackers and celery sticks. With that said, there’s no need to resort to Doritos and Snickers. There are plenty of playdate snacks that are as healthy as they are delicious… your kids won’t even notice they’re good for them! (Or at the very least, significantly better than their junk food counterpart). Read on for a look at amazing playdate snacks for kids (and adults).
MySuperFoods makes organic and nut-free snacks for the kiddos packaged in fun bright colours. Everything is made using whole grains, coconut oil and superfoods like chai seeds. The brand, founded by two mums, has also partnered with six food banks across the country and have donated over 260,000 meals with the help of their social media initiative (they donate a meal each time they're tagged in a photo).
DINO BARS are wrapped in edible paper! All of the bars are non-GMO, USDA certified organic and free from nuts, gluten, soy and dairy. You won’t find artificial flavors, preservatives or refined sugar either.
Sprout Organic Foods
Sprout makes snacks for babies and toddlers using USDA certified organic and non-GMO ingredients. They're specifically designed to expand baby's palate beyond sweet and establish a love of nutritious foods early on.
Mush is maybe the only food that is a favourite of top fitness trainers around the country and also insanely popular with any kid you give it to. The ingredients are minimal, clean and Mush is about as healthy and filling as a packaged snack can get (especially a sweet one).
SkinnyDipped is best known for their thinly-dipped nuts, but they just launched the best alternative to Reese's your kids will ever try... yes, and even better than Justin's.
Pure Organic is a better-for-you fruit roll-up made with fruit juices and purees, and no funky filers.
Lasto Foods Squeezable Nut Butters can easily be drizzled on fruit, porridge or sweet potato “toast” or incorporate into smoothies and protein pancakes. Their original Almond is great, but so are their flavored ones like Matcha or Cinnamon.
Rip Van's Wafel Cookies
Rip Van's Wafel Cookies have just three grams of sugar, fibre, probiotics and better-for-you ingredients. They bring all the flavor of an after-school indulgence without the sugar high (and crash) that follows with more traditional snacks.
Without A Trace
Without A Trace is a mom-owned, allergen-free food brand that makes snacks with real ingredients such as gluten-free oats, strawberries, cinnamon and apples - think "Power Bites" made with organic dates, raspberries and a hint of chocolate.
SmartSweets makes high fibre, low sugar versions of all your kids (and your) favourite gummy snacks. If anything these taste better than their junk food counterparts while packing in a ton of fibre - we're talking 12-13 grams per serving.
Kidfresh takes kids’ favourite meals (like chicken nuggets and mac and cheese) and adds a wholesome kid and parent-approved twist – hidden veggies and grains. This helps up the nutrition value but there's no sacrifice in flavor.
GoGo squeeZ squeezable fruit pouches are non-GMO, BPA-free, nut, soy, wheat, egg and dairy-free (except the yogurtZ and smoothies). They have over 17 flavors in their core line as well as an Organic line, fruit and VeggieZ, yogurtZ, SmoothieZ, new Happy TummieZ (a prebiotic pouch) and New Big SqueeZ – tailored towards older kids.
Veggies Made Great
They may be known for their muffins, but vegetables are actually the first and primary ingredient in ALL of Veggies Made Great products. Preheat the oven, pop them on a cookie sheet, bake until cooked through and serve. Easy for mum and delicious for the kids.
RW Garcia is a family-owned brand of better-for-you chips and crackers with offerings including Lentil Turmeric, Sweet Beet, Sweet Potato and Corn Chips (think healthier Fritos).
Picky Bars Muesli
Picky Bars' muesli is great to nosh on without milk. Unlike most lining supermarket shelves this one isn't full of added sugars and chemicals and the main ingredient is chickpea flakes so just pour it in a bowl and give it to the kiddos dry.
Nature's Garden Trail Mix
You'll usually be better off making your own trail mix, but when you're in a pinch Nature's Garden has a number of options kids will love. Do note, however, that they have added sugar.
Teton Water Ranch
If you're looking for a warm snack, Teton Water Ranch makes 100% grass-fed beef hot dog sausages and burger blends that are made of 100% beef and spices. The products also come precooked for convenience.
Base Culture is best known for their Paleo and Keto-friendly breads (which are great for kids' sandwiches), but they also have a line of brownie snacks made with only simple ingredients.
Hippeas are chickpea-based totally addictive puff snacks. Because of the chickpea base they have both fibre and protein in all of their flavors. They also just launched limited-edition Minions packs of their best-selling flavor, Vegan White Cheddar, which is available in-store at Whole Foods Market and select retailers through July 31st.
Quinn Grain-Free Pretzel Chips
These pretzel chips from Quinn are made from cassava flour, also known as yuca, a paleo friendly and gluten-free root vegetable. They're baked and contain two grams of protein and fibre (not a huge amount, but better than the standard 0!).