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Back to School Snacks – Healthy and Tasty Alternatives

By Stephan Martin

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The school year is already upon us and that means it is time for packing lunches and having snacks in the house for the kids after a long day of classes. Snacks no longer have to be unhealthy, there are a number of snacks on the market that are not only healthy, but will also satisfy everyone’s taste buds.


Who could turn down a snack with a pirate as its mascot? Well Pirate’s Booty not only has that eye-catching bag, but even better they have snacks that are flavorful, crunchy and healthy. The line of Pirate’s Booty are baked, all-natural, trans fat and gluten free and they are made out of ingredients that you can actually pronounce. Pirate’s Booty offers a wide range of products that have to start with the amazing “Smart Puffs.” Made with real Wisconsin Cheddar these light corn puffs are loaded with flavor. For those of you who love chips, you can try “Potato Flyers,” an all-natural baked potato chip that comes in several flavors. The original “Pirates Booty” is baked rice and corn puffs and comes in some great flavors, such as chocolate, New York Pizza and of course Aged White Cheddar. To make things easier when you pack your lunch boxes, the Aged White Cheddar now comes in half-ounce size multipacks that are only 65-calories per pack, making sure your kids have the perfect sized snack.



Pirate’s Booty in-house nutrition expert Emily Whelan Anschlowar, MS, RD, has created smart lunchbox swaps that are wholesome, fun and won’t get traded come lunchtime.
When it comes to school lunches, making simple swaps can make all the difference between an average meal and one that makes the grade.  Here are a few tips on how your child’s lunch can earn high marks:
Sandwich Substitute:  Whole grain bread, wraps or bagels packed with lean cuts of meat or hummus for protein is the way to go.  Whole grain breads are packed with fiber and protein that keep away afternoon hunger pangs!  Don’t forget the mustard, which is loaded with antioxidants. Tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers are delicious ways to add crunch, fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.  
Snack Switch:  This may be the most important part of the meal because it’s a kid’s favorite.  Stay away from greasy, fried potato chips and artificially flavored cheese curls.  Baked, all-natural snacks with less fat and calories are a much better alternative.  You shouldn’t need Google to read the ingredient list.

Drink Exchange:  Avoid sugary fruit drinks loaded with calories and little to no nutritional benefit.  Rehydrating with water or low-fat milk makes the grade!  Low-fat milk is delicious and nutrient-rich; containing calcium and vitamin D which are essential for growing bones.
Sweet Tooth Swap:  Instead of something high in fat and sugar like cookies or snack cakes, try naturally sweet low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit.  Yogurt is rich in protein, calcium and B vitamins.

For more information on Pirate’s Booty, visit: www.piratebrands.com


Snikiddy is another great alternative to your typical unhealthy lunchtime snack. Snikiddy is already known for their Cheese Puffs and Baked Fries and now they have added a veggie chip to their tasty product line. Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables™ contains a full serving of vegetables in every ounce (approximately 13 chips) and your kids will love the fact that the only thing you taste is a flavorful crunch.

 


Eat Your Vegetables™ are made with a unique blend including sweet potatoes, carrots, and navy beans. The snacks offer an excellent source of Vitamin A and more fiber and protein than most other snack products. These snacks are also cholesterol free, gluten and wheat free and only have 130 calories a serving. While those are all great reasons to eat Snikiddy, the flavor is just as big of a reason. There are four amazing flavors to choose from: Sea Salt, Sour Cream and Onion, Jalapeno Ranch, and Italian Herb & Olive Oil. This is without question the easiest way to sneak some extra vegetables into your diet and trust me the last thing kids will be thinking about when they take a bite of these chips are vegetables.


For more information on Snikiddy, visit: www.snikiddy.com


Kale as a snack? It might seem hard to believe, but Rhythm Kale Chips have done it, they have turned kale into one of the healthiest, flavorful and crunchy snacks around. Listen to these flavors; Zesty Nacho, Bombay Curry, Kool Ranch, Texas BB and Mango Habanero.

 
What is the secret behind Rhythm Kale Chips? Instead of baking or frying, these healthy chips are air crisped at a low temperature which maintains the RAW living enzymes and maximizes nutritional potency. This allows the garden fresh kale to stay in a healthy form and then they mix it with hand-crafted dressings made from a perfect blend of fresh organic vegetables, seeds, juices, herbs and spices.


Kale has gained fame recently as a nutritional powerhouse, although it always has been, it is just most people did not realize it. As a member of the cabbage family (Brassica oleracea Acephala), it's rich in powerful antioxidants, phyto nutrients and carotenoids. It's also an excellent source of Vitamin A, C, K, B6, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Potassium, and fiber. Just imagine, you get all of that in this flavorful snack.

For more information on Rhythm Kale, visit: www.rhythmsuperfoods.com 

 

If you are looking for that classic snack to satisfy that after school hunger, G.H. Cretors has together a line of traditionally popped corn flavors. Prepared the old fashioned way (by hand in copper kettles), G.H. Cretors adds a healthy twist. All of their snacks are made with all-natural ingredients, completely free of GMO's, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. You certainly won't miss out on any of the tastes with flavors such as; Just the Cheese Corn, Chicago Mix and Kettle Corn.

For the caramel corn, cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the cheese corn, real cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown, air-popped corn. Anytime of the day or week, G.H. Cretors provide you with one tasty snack.

G.H. Cretors


 

For more information on G.H. Cretors, visit: www.ghcretors.com


Small changes to you and your children’s diet can have a huge impact on your life and what better time to start than the beginning of the school year. It really is time to look beyond what they your local market is putting at eye level in the snack aisle, try one of these healthy snack alternatives and you will be hooked!

Published on Aug 16, 2012

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