Say Yes To These Healthier Snacks For KidsWritten by Kelsey Blackwell | Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Milk and chocolate-chip cookies may be a classic, but for all its appeal this pair often comes up short on nutrition. Instead, consider one of these tasty snacks for kids, which put a healthier spin on snack time and also offer key vitamins, minerals and healthy fats for growing bodies. We’ve divided our go-to snacks by those that take a little preparation time and those that can be enjoyed straight from the bag. Don’t worry, all are long an enjoyment, short on prep time and super healthy– which we think is exactly what any snack should be.

No assembly required:

Choco Crunch Figgy Pops. Got a chocolate lover in the house? Instead of reaching for a bar, consider this healthful treat. Organic cocoa and cacao nibs, dates, figs, seeds and coconut combine for a decidedly indulgent snack that you can pass out with impunity. These Figgy Pops are sweetened with just a touch of organic apple juice concentrate and are an excellent source of fiber. Try all 5 delicious flavors.

Cinnamon Citrus Nut Fusion. Who doesn’t love cinnamon? This kid-approved spice pairs with citrusy orange, walnuts, cashews, almonds and dried apples and cranberries in this taste-bud tempting mix. Even better, all our Fruit and Nut Fusions are free from refined sugar and packed with protein-rich nuts, which can help anyone feel full longer. Translation, fewer, “mom, when’s dinner” interruptions.

Maple Vanilla Coconut Chips. Meet the humble and astonishingly delicious coconut chip. Kids will love this crunchy delight, which is kissed by vanilla bean and just a touch of real maple syrup. Go ahead and let them indulge. Coconut is packed with the good kind of fat. And don’t forget there’s more where these came from. Our coconut chips come in 5 other delicious flavors including kid friendly Spiced Cacao and Toasted Cinnamon.

Smyrna Figs. Fig-filled cookies? Who needs ‘em? These kid favorites are often loaded with unhealthy ingredients including high-fructose corn syrup. Yuck! If your tots like getting figgy with it, consider giving them the real deal instead. Our Smyrna Figs are truly nature’s candy offering flavors of honey, butterscotch and a slight nuttiness from the seeds. What’s more, they’re entirely free from added sugars and naturally high in fiber.

Some (painless) assembly needed:

Banana Date Pineapple Granola Bars. Make your own granola bars and avoid the unknown and unhealthy ingredients that often wind their way into this lunchbox staple. This recipe delivers, soft, chewy bars stuffed with tasty (and perhaps undetected) healthy ingredients.

Goji Berry Truffles. These dark cacao truffles are totally delicious, super easy to prepare, and packed with healthy fats, antioxidant-rich cacao and vitamin A-rich Goji. Yum! The only trouble will be keeping them around.

Sweet and Salty Popcorn. Making popcorn on the stove is fun for kids (under adult supervision, of course), plus popcorn is a good source of fiber and who doesn’t love it? Add some sweet coconut chips for a nice flavor balance and to boost this snack’s hunger-curbing power by delivering satiating healthy fats.

4 Healthy Snacks for Kids You Can Make at HomeWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Friday, April 15th, 2016

Try These Kid-Friendly Snack Ideas… They’re Healthy, too!

Would you be thrilled if your children’s snacks were healthier? I just love thinking about fun new snack ideas, and the ones I’m going to share today are all kid-friendly and super easy to make at home.

 

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1. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Making (and eating) fruit and cheese kabobs is tasty and interactive. To get the kids involved prepare bowls of cut up fruit like apples, grapes, pineapples, bananas, and any other favorites. Set out another bowl with cheese cubes and show your snackers how to thread their fruit and cheese onto the wooden kabob sticks.

All in all, they’ll get a few servings of fruit, lots of fiber, some protein, and a happy stomach!

2. DIY Trail Mix

Trail mix, because it’s so easy to customize, which is perfect for picky palates. Plus, if you make your own you’ll know exactly what your kids are eating — no unnecessary preservatives included. Lately I’ve been loving this easy concoction:

This combo is a nice mix of tart and sweet, soft and crunchy. We sweeten our Tart Cherries with a touch of organic apple juice and the coconut chips add another layer of warm, toasty sweetness. If your kiddos aren’t ready for the bitter bite on the cacao nibs, feel free to swap them out for dark chocolate.

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5 easy and healthy kid snacksWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

It’s that time of year again. You know, when life speeds up, the days get shorter and the to-do list seems to magically double over night. Between carting the kids to after school engagements and managing your own busy day, planning for snack time can fall way down on the priority list. Inevitably though, “what can I eat,” will be the first thing parents hear when their kids pop through the door. Address growling tummies without falling prey to the endless not-so-healthy convenience foods out there with these healthier options.

Pineapple Cranberry Apple Granola Bars
Granola bars can be healthy—especially when they’re made with organic, antioxidant-rich fruit and a modest amount of added sugar. Kids will love these sweet, crunchy bars. Smear with peanut butter to up the protein power.

Chocolate Dipped Candied Apricots
High in vitamin A, iron, protein and fiber, dried apricots are a naturally convenient, healthful snack. But you can make them a real treat by dipping in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Let kids sprinkle with nuts, coconut or get creative with their own favorite crunchy add-ons.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
As if they needed another selling point, in addition to being tastier than the regular russet, sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamins A and C and are a great source of fiber and protein. Make them kid friendly by slicing into wedges, sprinkling with salt and baking at 425 (turn them just once so they get nice and crisp). Yum!

Fig and goat cheese pizza
Sure, this pizza was created with adult taste buds in mind, but it easily becomes kid friendly with a few easy swaps. Instead of goat cheese, try calcium-rich mozzarella which also wins points for its fun, stretch ability. Trade out arugula for ham for ham to add protein.  Slice thin and keep in the fridge for an easy heat-and-eat snack.

Grab ‘n go Fusion single serve packs
In a pinch, our new Fusion packs put healthy after-school snacks at anyone’s fingertips. Certified Organic and made with sulfur-free organic fruit, they’re perfect way to satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth without overdoing it on empty calories. Keep a few packs in the car and let kids choose a favorite next time they need a little something.

You’re gonna love the newest addition to our family–the Fusion Single-ServeWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Drum roll please … we’ve been waiting and waiting and we just can’t hold it in any longer. We have a new addition to our family. Well, four to be exact. Our newest Fusion Single-Serve Snacks landed in stores this month and we just know you’re going to love them. The certified organic blends are dressed to impress with gourmet flavor combinations that you can read all about here–but that’s not all. These packs were made for versatility. Because they’re so portable and delicious, we bet they’ll make a dried-fruit fan out of even the pickiest eaters. Don’t believe us? Put them to the test.

Check them out here!

While they’re great on their own, our single-serve packs are also delicious with: 

Yogurt: Trying cut sugar? Buy plain rather than flavored yogurt and jazz it up with any of four flavors. In addition to a touch of sweetness you’re getting fiber and antioxidants.

Granola or muesli: If you have a go-to granola or muesli recipe, adding a bag or two offers convenience and multiple flavor combination possibilities. Or, skip the baking and add an extra flavor boost to your favorite store-bought variety.

Hot/Cold Cereal: Dried fruits plump up nicely when added to hot or cold cereal.  Try the Antioxidant Fusion over oatmeal.

Salads: Jazz up any salad with a quick sprinkle. Apple Cinnamon Fusion makes a nice pair with spinach and goat cheese.

Flapjacks: Give pancakes a tropical twist by mixing Tropical Fusion in the batter. So great you may not even need the syrup. No one needs to know you haven’t been slaving in the kitchen.

Cookies: Dress up everyday chocolate chip cookies with apricots, mulberries and cinnamon from our Antioxidant Fusion. Great for gift-giving!   

Our single-serve packs can go everywhere you go. Need suggestions? Here are a few ideas:

Craving something sweet but trying to steer clear from sugar? These packs satisfy your sweet tooth without accompanying pangs of guilt.

Throw a pack in your purse or glove box for an always-at-hand sweet treat while on the run.

Swap a more sugary dessert in your kids’ lunches with Tropical Fusion. With organic bananas, mango, pineapple and a sprinkle of cocoa nibs, it’s sure to please.

Try the Apple Cinnamon while hiking or camping for a convenient energy boost.

Before a workout, The Antioxidant Fusion is a great just-a-little-something that won’t weigh you down.

We’d love your thoughts and ideas. Send us pictures of where you love to enjoy the Fusion snacks and we’ll send love back your way 🙂