Pack a Better Snack

First-day-of-school jitters are all gone (whew!) and the homework and bedtime routines are falling into place. So, the kids are cruising right along, but what about you? Do you feel a twinge of guilt as you pop those handy little bags of potato chips and cheese doodles into the kids’ lunches? Wish there were healthier options?

Convenience is key when packing lunches every day, but it’s just as easy to grab a bag of healthier crunchy snacks as it is the traditional super-salty ones. Here are some alternatives we’ve tried and recommend for your kids’ (and your) brown-bag lunches:

1. Cosmos Creations

• Trans-fat free

• Gluten free

• Non-GMO corn

• No kernels, no hulls

• Crushed Sea Salt and Vinegar with Pepper, Coconut Crunch, Aged Cheddar & Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt & Butter, Salted Caramel, Caramel Cinnamon Crunch

2. Lundberg Multigrain Rice Chips

• Made with organic brown rice

• Gluten free

• Kosher

• Vegan

• 27-28g whole grains per personal-size bag

• Mendocino Tomato & Herb, Mojave Jalapeño, Redwood Smoky BBQ, Shasta Chipotle Lime, High Tide Sea Salt

3. Quest Protein Chips

• High protein (21g protein per personal-size bag)

• Low carb

• Gluten free

• Low calorie (120 calories per personal-size bag)

• Sea Salt, Barbeque, Sour Cream, Cheddar

4. Simply 7 Snacks

• 50-percent less fat than regular potato chips

• 0 grams trans-fat and no cholesterol

• no artificial ingredients, additives, preservatives or flavors

• Hummus Chips- flavors include sea salt, spicy chili pepper, tomato bail and roasted red peppers

• Lentil Chips- flavors include sea salt, bruschetta, creamy dill and jalapeno

• Pomegranate Chips- flavors include sea salt, black pepper and white cheddar

• Quinoa Chips- flavors include sea salt, sour cream and onion, and BBQ

For that irresistible crunch from a pickle, pack some Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles. They’re preservative, dye and gluten free, and a source of vitamin K, B and A. Choose Mrs. Pickles, a sweet and sour dill (chips, relish and spears), Hot Mama, sweet and sour dill with a kick of jalapeño (spears, relish and chips) or Doyle's Dill, a classic deli dill (spears)

There are no artificial ingredients or preservatives in Hillshire Farm Naturals tasty Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast, Honey Roasted Ham and Black Forest Ham.

Try this quick breakfast option to give kids a healthy start to the day: Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie!

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