Simple Things to Look for When Buying Packaged Snacks for Kids

Simple Things to Look for When Buying Packaged Snacks for Kids

September 02, 2020

We know as a parent, you are busier than ever and you have probably heard 'Can I have a snack?' 18 times already today. There are so many grab and go snack options available in the grocery store. It can start to feel overwhelming trying to pick out healthy options to stock your cupboard with for your Kids. Clever industry marketing techniques often put high sugar and highly processed treats directly at your child’s eye level to help entice them to choose these options. However, making and choosing snack options does not have to be complicated. When buying packaged bars or snacks, look for options that are high in fibre, protein and healthy fats to keep your child feeling full and energized. Check for options with recognizable ingredients and at least 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibreTry to avoid options that contain a great deal of added sugar and refined grains. If you’ve got some extra time, you can even try making your own homemade, nut-free, granola bars. I’ve included a couple recipes below to try! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds 
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  1. Preheat oven to 320°F and line an 8x8 baking pan. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. 
  3. Press the mixture into the pan. 
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. 
  5. Let cool, cut into squares and enjoy! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cup rolled oats 
  • 1 cup honey or maple syrup 
  • 1 cup flour, whole wheat 
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds 
  • ¼ cup pumpkin 
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and line a 9x13 baking pan. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. 
  3. Press the mixture into the pan. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are brown. 
  5. Let cool, cut into strips and enjoy! 

Optional: Drizzle melted chocolate on top. 

Recipes inspired and adapted from Super Healthy Kids and The Healthy Mummy. 

Eat well, be well, 

Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO