If you're a parent, you know the struggle of getting your picky eater to try something new. It's challenging and time-consuming to find snacks that are healthy and satisfying. So we've compiled a list of seven snacks that will please even your pickiest eaters.
Here they are:
1. Veggie Straws
Veggie straws are crunchy and salty and make for a delicious snack. Plus, they're made with real vegetables so you can feel good about giving them to your kids.
Now if you’re in a hurry and need veggie alternatives as snacks, you can try Pulp Pantry and Real Food Bar.
Pulp Pantry was founded by Kaitlin Mogentale and this innovative brand is turning overlooked fruit and vegetable pulp into superfoods that are delicious and sustainable snacks.
Real Food Bar was founded by Anna and Sean Sullivan and they use real fruit, nuts and vegetables to create nutrient-rich and flavorful snacks that are an excellent alternative to sugar-filled granolas.
2. Plant-Based Jerky
They can be a great option for people who are looking for high-protein snacks but want to reduce their consumption of animal products. They’re becoming increasingly popular, and some brands are even lauded as more tasty than traditional meat-based jerkies. Just like Moku and Pan’s Mushroom Jerky.
Moku was founded by F&B Veteran Melissa Facchina and Matt Feldman. Their partnership brought plant-based jerky that was clean and emulated the taste and texture of beef for a healthier body and planet.
Pan’s Mushroom Jerky was founded by Michael Pan and was inspired by a family recipe he discovered while visiting his vegetarian Buddhist family in Borneo, Malaysia. They’re made from shiitake mushrooms with a delicious umami taste and satisfying meaty texture, and Shark Tank judges were crazy about it.
3. Vegan Crackers
Plant-based crackers from grains, legumes, seeds and nuts are usually common snacks. They can be flavored with herbs, spices and other seasonings, and may also contain oil, salt and other ingredients.
And if you have a picky eater, we recommend Green Mustache Munchies and Seconds.
VanTrang's Mustache Munchies are proof that whimsical snacks can be tasty, nutrient dense and made with clean, healthy ingredients. They’re channeling their passion for delicious and healthy foods into innovative, delicious plant-based snacks that are super-tasty, approachable and fun, kids of all ages enjoys.
Seconds was founded by Beth Stockli Kennedy and Philip Crouse. Beth’s new mantra is “waste less, eat better.” Along with Philip (The Robin to Beth’s Batman), they created Seconds which is all about creating delicious, sustainable snacks that are better for your body, and kinder to our planet.
Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks around. It's low in calories, high in fiber, and contains antioxidants. Plus, if you want a little more "oomph" with each bite, you can find it in a variety of flavors (like butter, cheese, and caramel) so there's sure to be something that pleases even the pickiest of palates. Just like Cornucopia Popcorn and The Art of Caramel.
Cornucopia Popcorn was founded by Nadia Elha and they’re all about making gourmet popcorns with over 30 handcrafted flavors you will surely love.
Now if you want take your caramel popcorn up a notch, The Art of Caramel makes a sophisticated gift and an excellent addition to your dessert bar.
We’ve also featured Cornucopia Popcorn and Art of Caramel in our monthly snack boxes, and people have been raving about them!
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5. Trail Mix
They’re portable, tasty, and full of nutrition from nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and other ingredients. It makes an excellent snack for on-the-go moments when you don't have time for anything else.
Try Shar Snacks, Toodaloo and Nomad Mix.
Shar Snacks was founded by Peter Rushford who is an outdoor enthusiast. It took him 36 months and 52 iterations just to bring you the best-tasting trail mix that’s impossibly good. It even won the Good Food Award!
Toodaloo was founded by Cattie Khoury who is obsessed with all things healing like regenerative farming and adaptogenic herbs. Through her company they are reinventing trail mix with Adaptogenic Herbs to support your body’s natural ability for stress relief, energy production, and holistic balancing.
Nomad Mix was founded by Aiyesha Christian who is also an outdoor enthusiast and her company handcrafts each trail mix using a blend of unique ingredients that are inspired by the Northwest wilderness, and a love of food and healthy living.
This delicious snack is are often made with a variety of ingredients, such as oats, nuts (such as almonds, pecans, or peanuts), seeds (such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds), and dried fruit (such as raisins, cranberries, or diced apricots). You can mix it with things like dried fruit and chocolate chips, so you can easily find something that fits into your kid's flavor preferences!
And if you want convenience without compromising quality and health, try Gr8nola and Oh-Mazing!
Gr8nola was founded by Erica Liu Williams. Erica was a former Olympic Trials swimmer, health nut and food lover turned food entrepreneur. She and her NFL-hubby do a cleanse every year where they eliminate all the bad stuff like refined sugar, GMOs, processed foods, etc. Inspired after watching Food Network, Erica created her own "clean" granolas perfect for people who need delicious and nourishing food on the go.
Oh-Mazing was founded by Stephanie Williams who has always believed in making all-natural, from-scratch meals for her family to promote a healthy lifestyle. When it came to snacks, she wanted something more—a healthy alternative to what she was seeing in stores. So she developed her own granola recipe which allows people everywhere to create an abundance of Oh-Mazing! Moments.
7. Fruit Leathers
Fruit leathers (aka fruit roll ups) are tasty treats made from real fruit puree that's been dried into strips or rolls which makes them easier for little ones to chew when compared with fresh fruit slices or chunks. Fruit leathers provide fiber as well as vitamins A & C while still tasting sweet enough for most children's taste buds!
Concerned that this could be too sweet for your kids? Try dried fruits made by The Ugly Co.
The Ugly Co was founded by Ben Moore, a 4th generation farmer. He is on a mission to prevent food waste by saving “ugly” but perfectly edible fruits by upcycling them into delicious dried fruit snacks that’s non-GMO and all natural (yep, nothing added! Just the delicious real fruit).
So there you have it—our top 7 snack foods for picky eaters! These snacks will help keep hunger pangs away while providing important nutrients needed by growing bodies without sacrificing taste or convenience. Now go ahead—give one (or more!) of these snacks a try today.
And if you want convenience, you can choose a set of snacks according to your dietary needs from our curated Yumday snack boxes. Even the pickiest eater will love them!