You know the end of summer is near when students start going back to school. Even though the return to classes is different this year, one thing remains the same regardless of where it takes place: kids will want snacks.
Thankfully, this is also the time of year new food products emerge on grocery shelves. They tend to be salty or sweet and bring us comfort (which we need now more than ever). Most importantly, the items keep us satisfied and fueled for the day. Here are our best new snacks for kids the entire family will approve of and enjoy.
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This fruit duo excites the palates of adults and kids alike. It provides 100 percent daily value of Vitamin C without the sugar, sweeteners, artificial colors, or flavors. The Michigan apples also are processed in an allergy-friendly facility and each four-ounce cups fit easily in a lunch bag and are available in six packs at grocery stores nationwide and in bulk online. $25.99 at Amazon.com
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The pumpkin seed butter adds a seasonal flair to these low-sugar waffle snacks. Mixed with real apples and fruit jelly bits, what’s not to like about these nut alternative goodies? They're individually wrapped and portable. Take all five with you and eat them everywhere. $39.19 at Amazon.com
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Put smiles on your kids’ faces with these limited-edition miniature cookies. Made with real chocolate chips, they come in a box with five or 20 individual pouches that hold six soft cookies each, making lunch packing even easier. $2.99 at Target.
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No monsters were harmed in the making of this snackable treat. The whole grain, gluten-free favorite is popped without artificial ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup, but presented in a fun and delicious sounding way for kids. Check out the Big-Time Butter, Cheeserific Cheese, Sweet N' Salty Kooky Kettle, and the Finger Lickn' Pizza in single bags or multipacks. $35.49 at WalmartContinue to 5 of 11 below.
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Start the day with a bowl of sweet goodness. Don’t worry, Kashi uses superfoods such as red lentil flour and berries to create its new fruity cereal. It will energize your kids' mornings with 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. $3.68 at Walmart
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Put some excitement back into school lunches with these sweet, crunchy paw-prints. Kids will think the shapes are grrreat, while parents will applaud their wholesome grains—everybody wins. The jumbo pieces come in 12 pouches or 4, and 6-ounce multi-serve resealable bags, enough for sharing with friends. $16.88 at Amazon.com.
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Join the Sploot characters in helping children stay hydrated. This flavored coconut water provides 8.5 fluid ounces of hydration with only 1 gram of sugar and 15 calories per serving. The orange pineapple bursts with layers of natural flavoring and comes recommended by parents. Other kid-approved options include watermelon lemonade, peach mango, and mixed berry. $9.99 at Amazon.com
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Partake Foods Soft Baked Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Get ready for fall with these vegan spiced cookies. They are soft, sweet, and school safe. Each box contains 15 bite-size cookies and they're guaranteed to go fast. Partake produces cookies that are certified gluten-free and also free of the top eight allergens. Not a fan of pumpkin? There are plenty of other kid-approved flavors to choose from, including birthday cake, cookie butter, and triple chocolate. Now available for pre-order, they're expected to ship on September 2, just in time for the new semester. $29.99 at partakefoods.comContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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If your teens claim they don’t have time to eat breakfast, tell them to grab the world’s first globally inspired protein bar. It comes in three varieties packed with tasty wholesome ingredients such as nut butters and hemp seeds. The churro includes almonds, vanilla, and toffee bits dusted with cinnamon; the Mexican hot chocolate contains hints of cinnamon and warm chili; and the PB and jelly consists of peanut butter with strawberry jam bits. They also are gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free. $29 at unitefood.com and Amazon.com
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This family-owned company sells all-natural gourmet chips everyone will enjoy. They come in two, lightly seasoned flavors—original and smoked—both produced in a peanut-free environment located in Georgia. Stock up on the 1.5-ounce bags or try its latest subscription box. $18.89 at symphonychips.com and $28.99 at Amazon.com
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Kids love the delicious taste of freeze-dried fruit. All strawberry hit stores in February, but other Crispy Green flavors (such as apple, mango, cantaloupe, and tangerine) have been longtime favorites for its pure fruit, no added sugar flavor. It's light, crunchy, and convenient—and lasts longer than fresh produce, too. A box contains 12 single-serve bags to get you through the week. $15.99 at crispygreen.com and $14.99 at Amazon.com