Hey there. Hope your week is off to an excellent start! Today I’m sharing some of the snacks the girls have been enjoying lately. I’m always curious to learn what other parents pack for their kiddos—it’s a great way to find new ideas and get food recommendations.
Since the girls don’t eat dairy or gluten, I try to find fun and healthy snacks to include in their lunches or to have on hand when we are out and about for the day. All of the items listed below are free of gluten, dairy, and nuts which make them ideal for school lunches or kids with allergies.
Mamma Chia – Chia Squeeze
We have just started buying Mamma Chia squeeze packs, but the girls have really enjoyed them so far. I love these because they aren’t loaded with sugar like a lot of the other fruit snacks tend to be. Each pack include 1200 mg of Omega-3s, fiber, and even a little protein. There are tons of flavors (we’ve only tried the blackberry so far, but the mango-coconut is next on my list) and they are easy to toss into lunch boxes and book bags.
This Bar Saves Lives
We LOVE these bars! They are made with a nut-free granola mix and don’t contain any gluten or dairy, making them a great (and safe) snack for kids with allergies. I also love that the bars don’t contain as much sugar as the typical cereal or granola bar (8 grams) and they have 8 grams of protein per serving!
I usually make a big batch of this pumpkin granola on the weekend and it lasts us for most of the week. It’s sweet and crunchy and made with coconut oil, honey, and sunflower butter. The girls enjoy it with milk, but it would be delicious on its own or topped over Greek yogurt.
Carrot sticks, olives, apples, berries.
Of course, nothing beats fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats. My kids really like crunchy items (like carrots and apples) as well as berries, cucumbers, and olives. Finger foods are great when you are on the go or taking a road trip. Just wash and chop everything in advance, toss into a storage container, and go!
Applesauce pouches and raisins
Applesauce is always a winner in our house. While I usually make my own in the crockpot, if I am short on time or need something disposable, these pouches are a great choice. They’re portable and easy to carry around. I am thinking about purchasing these reusable pouches to cut down on waste (I’ll let you know how they work out).
Mini-snack packs of raisins are perfect for keeping portions (and sugar) in check.
Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar
I recently came across these in Target and was quite smitten. I love fig newtons, but the commercial kind is often made with gluten and a bunch of other processed ingredients. These little bars are soy-free and gluten-free. They come onveniently packaged in twin packs (if you’re splitting between two kids) and make for a delicious treat! Only 5 grams of sugar per bar.
Plantain chips + sunbutter
We go through plantain chips rather quickly in our house. They are a savory snack that pairs excellent with sunbutter or any type of nut butter, really. I only wish I was able to prevent
myself my kids from eating so many!
Chomps Snack Sticks
These little beef jerky snack sticks are great for car rides or airplane travel. They are 100% grass-fed beef and don’t contain any antibiotics or offensive ingredients. The girls really enjoy them.
Want more ideas?
Paleo lemon cupcakes by Julie Fagan (without the frosting they become the tastiest lemon muffins ever!)
Nut-free trail mix (toss together some sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, raisins, and Enjoy Life chocolate chips). You can also add in some gluten-free cereal, like Cheerios, for extra crunch.
Spring snack mix from My Gluten-Free Kitchen uses Chex, dried cranberries, and banana chips to make one sweet looking snack.
What are some of your favorite snacks?