Healthy Snacks For Kids

Find healthier alternatives to Halloween candy with GAYOT's list of Healthy Snacks for Kids

If you read the ingredient labels of most Halloween candy it’s downright scary. With the rise of conscientious eating, parents are now looking at more than just prices when choosing snacks for the little ones. Kids may not understand terms like “gluten-free” and “organic” but they know what they like and it doesn’t always fall in the healthy category. Whether it’s packing school lunches, deciding what to get for Halloween, the tiniest snacks can sometimes make a big difference.

With that in mind, GAYOT has rounded up a list of Healthy Snacks for Kids that includes organic, kosher, gluten-free products that have no artificial flavors or coloring. Before you drop another processed sugar-filled candy bar into trick-or-treaters’ bags, try the items on this list — both kids and adults will approve.

1. Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bug Bites

Bite-sized dark chocolates that support wildlife preservation

Price: $30 for pack of 64

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Each Bug Bite chocolate contains one collectible, educational insect trading card.

You’re likely more familiar with chocolate candies such as Snickers, M&Ms and Twix, but the ingredients are frightfully unhealthy. Instead, opt for these Bug Bite treats that offer a much healthier ingredient list: dark chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, soy lecithin and vanilla. Parents will also like the fact that these chocolate bites are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. These bite-size treats also come with insect trading cards, making it fun to collect (and learn). Ten percent of net profits from the sale of this chocolate supports wildlife preservation efforts, so you’re also supporting a good cause.

2. Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks

Annie's organic fruit snacks

Price: $15 for 24 pouches

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These organic fruit snacks offer all the sweetness kids like without the artificial flavors. 

If your kid likes gummy bears or Starbursts (but you can’t stomach the artificial coloring and high sugar count), these fruity snack from Annie’s are a much healthier alternative. Made with real ingredients, these organic fruit snacks contain real fruit juice and 100 percent of the daily value of vitamin C with no artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup. Choose from four flavors: Berry Patch, Summer Strawberry, Sunny Citrus and Tropical Treat.

3. GoGo SqueeZ Organic Apple Sauce

Organic apple sauce on the go

Price: $19 for 20 packs

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As natural as homemade apple sauce without all the work.

These fun squeezable pouches add a fun twist to enjoying the benefits of eating an apple a day. Each pouch contains 100 percent fruit without high-fructose corn syrup. They’re kosher, vegan and gluten-free, and the pouches are BPA-free. The apple-based flavors include bananastrawberry and cinnamon among the 14 flavors available.

4. Snyders of Hanover Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks

Low in calories, these pretzel sticks are a fun yet healthy snack

Price: $10 for 24 bags
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Gluten-free and only 100 calories, these pretzel sticks are just the ticket when craving a crunchy snack.

Kids don’t always want something sweet — sometimes a crunchy and salty snack is in order. These healthier alternatives to wheat-based pretzels are ideal for those trying to avoid gluten. They’re also made by a bakery that specializes in traditional German pretzels, so the recipe is authentic.

5. Plum Organics Fruit Shredz

Price: $30 for 8-pack
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It’s okay to play with your food when it’s this fun and fruity.

The name itself is a fun way to sell the snack to kids who are resistant to real fruit. Fruit Shredz are 97 percent real organic fruit without high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial flavors or preservatives and the packaging is 100 percent BPA-free. Choose from two flavors: Rooty Blues made with applescarrotspumpkin, blueberry, cherry and kale or Berry’licious containing apple, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry and elderberry.

6. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers

The classic goldfish snack made with organic wheat

Price: $4
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The classic goldfish cracker gets an organic makeover that kids and adults will enjoy. 

While it’s true that Pepperidge Farms goldfish aren’t exactly a health food, these kid’s favorites are made with organic wheat and non-GMO ingredients. Plus, aside from being made with 100 percent cheddar, the dyes are also natural — the classic orange color is sourced from annatto extracted from the seed of the achiote tree.

7. 18 Rabbits Jr. Organic Gluten-Free Granola Bar

18 Rabbits gluten-free bars are packed with fruity flavor

Price: $5 for 6 bars

Amazon Buy NowFor kids with nut and other food allergies, these granola bars are a flavorful and healthy treat. 

Part of the brand’s family of organic, non-GMO and kosher products, 18 Rabbits Jr. granola bars are made without nuts, making them school-friendly and ideal for allergy-free environments. These vegan bars are made with sunflower, chia, sesame and pumpkin seeds and are free from sulfur dioxide (used to preserve color in fruit). Even better, the company donatesone percent of all the granola and bars made to programs and partners that serve kids affected by food insecurity.