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18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Fresh foods always win, but if you're opting for store-bought, try these new (less guilty) options.

By Today's Parent
18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

less guilty packaged snacks

Crunchmaster Protein Brownie Thins

A little bit of sweet, a lot of crunch. These crispy treats will satisfy that sweet tooth without giving them a sugar rush. Bonus: They're gluten-free! $4/bag.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Danone 100% Natural no added sugar yogurt

The search for a sugar-free yogurt is over. Seriously. This new yogurt from Danone has no sugar or sweetners of any kind—just fruit and yogurt. Coming in flafours like blueberry, cherry, peach mango, plain and vanilla, yogurts are made with milk sourced from a small network of Canadian farms. $3/4 x 100g tubs.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

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Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP!

This kettlecorn is so good it puts movie popcorn to shame. Already popular across the border, this gluten-free kettlecorn has finally landed in Canada. With less than 100 calories per cup, it’s sure to become a family favourite. Be sure to check out their two flavours, “sweet and salty” and “sea salt.” Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP! Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn, $5/bag.

A purple bag of Angie's BOOM CHICKA POP sweet & salty kettle corn.Photo: Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP!

Simply Protein Cookie

Kids with a sweet tooth will love these cookies. Each contains 10 grams of protein, 7 grams of fibre and only 3 grams of sugar! The best part? They’re gluten-free and vegan—but taste like the real deal. Simply Protein Cookies, $24/box of 8.

Simply protein cookie packaging, cookie and crumbs with two chocolate chips in a rowPhoto: Simply Protein Cookie

On the go fusion snack

Introducing your kids to plant-based protein has never been easier. With fun flavour combinations that pair dried edamame with cranberries, goji berries, and banana, these tasty trail mix fusions are the perfect on-the-go snacks for busy families. $14/box of 12.

three bags of on the go fruit snacks in red, blue and purple dotted packagingPhoto: On the go fusion snack

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MadeGood Soft Baked Mini Cookies

Send these chewy cookies to school worry-free. Made in a facility that is free from common allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish, they’re perfectly school-safe. Bonus: each 24 g pack contains a serving of vegetables! MadeGood Soft Baked Mini Cookies, $5/box of 5. 

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Hippie Snacks cauliflower crisps

Trying to get your kids to eat more veggies? Hippie Snacks has got you covered. With cauliflower as the first ingredient, this Canadian brand offers a carb-alternative snack with 5 grams of protein per serving. With flavours like original and classic ranch, your kids won’t know they’re eating more vegetables. Hippie Snacks cauliflower crisps, $6/bag.

Three packages of Hippie Snack cauliflower crisps stand in formation; two of the packages are yellow (original) and the centre package is blue (classic ranch)Photo: Hippie Snacks

Prana Organic Chia Balance Chocolate Bark

With 62% Fairtrade dark chocolate, caramelized coconut strips, nutrient-dense pumpkin and sunflower seeds, as well as probiotic chia, there’s enough in this bark to keep both parents and kids happy. Prana Organic Chia Balance Chocolate Bark, $5/bag.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

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Clif Kid ZBar Filled

This baked, whole grain snack is packed with enough carbs, fibre, protein, and fat to keep kids fueled for all of those after-school activities. Clif Kid ZBar Filled, $5/box of 4.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Kirkland Signature Organic Fruity Snacks

Fat-free with only 70 calories per pack, these sweet treats will tackle that candy craving with only a fraction of the guilt. Kirkland Signature Organic Fruity Snacks, $14/box of 72.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Hippie Snacks Organic Sesame Snack

Looking for something crunchy? These sweet treats are made with white and black organic sesame seeds and sweetened with coconut sugar. Hippie Snacks Organic Sesame Snack, $1/ea.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

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PC Mango Coconut Kefir Probiotic Fermented Milk

Forget yogurt and give them a taste of something different. Kefir is made with 12 different bacterial cultures to provide 2 billion probiotic live active cultures per 250 mL serving—that’s a good thing! PC Mango Coconut Kefir Probiotic Fermented Milk, $5/pack of 4.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Gimme Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Seaweed may sound kinda gross but give it a try and you may be surprised at how much your kids will love taking a bite out of this salty treat, which is packed with all kinds of micronutrients. Gimme Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks, $2/bag.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Bear Paws Crackers

Made with real fruits and veggies, these cute crackers are peanut-free and contain less than 130 mg of sodium. Bear Paws Crackers, $3/box.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

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Hardbite Lightly Salted Carrot Chips

Your kids won’t even notice you’re sneaking vegetables into their snack with these tasty kettle cooked chips. Don’t be surprised if they don’t want to share! Hardbite Lightly Salted Carrot Chips, $6.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Sanissimo Salmas Chia & Flax Oven Baked Corn Crackers

Oven-baked and corn-based, these crackers are free of sugar, artificial colors and flavours but still somehow manage to taste pretty delicous. Sanissimo Salmas Chia & Flax Oven Baked Corn Crackers, $3/box of 7 packages.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

Kashi Joi Almond Butter Energy Nut Bar

Wanna give them a punch of protein? This bar has 9 to 10 grams of the good stuff to help prepare them for after school activities thanks to almond butter as the primary ingredient. Kashi Joi Almond Butter Energy Nut Bar, $2.50/bar.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

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Ohh! Munchies

Send these snacks to school without stress. Free of the eight most common allergens, these chewy bites are made from dates, coconut, hemp seeds, cocoa and honey. Ohh! Munchies, $2.50/pack.

18 packaged snacks you can feel less guilty about

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This article was originally published on Jan 24, 2019

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