Tag: healthy snacks

6 cute Thanksgiving treats for kids

Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is for feasting. Dinner may be the main attraction, but this holiday is about grazing on deliciousness all day long. The food doesn’t have to be fussy or labor-intensive either–save the hard work for your turkey dinner. And in the case of Thanksgiving day treats they just need to be delicious and ideally, kind of cute. Here are six adorable Thanksgiving Day treats to have around turkey day. Some make a great afternoon snack, while others make fun kid desserts. No matter when you serve them, these delicious munchies will keep little tummies happy until...

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8 healthier Halloween candies for trick-or-treaters (no, not carrot sticks)

Though I always complain about the full-to-bursting sacks of candy my kids bring home on Halloween night, they just wouldn’t be as excited by carrot sticks and apple slices. With that in mind, I try to buy treats from companies who take great care to make yummy things with better ingredients and no artificial dyes or fake flavors.  Fortunately, a lot of these higher-quality treats can be found on the shelves of your local stores, like Whole Foods and Target, making it even easier to stock up in this week before the big day. But hurry–we all know the...

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6 pumpkin-inspired sweets you can serve up without lifting a finger

Last week we talked apple treats, and this week it’s pumpkin time. You’re picking pumpkins this year, right? If only from the grocery store? Now all you have to do is seed, peel, and cube your pumpkin. Then roast and puree the pumpkin flesh and we’re almost ready to start. You have homemade pie crust ready, right? Heh. You were getting worried there, admit it. We’d never put you through all that. These six pumpkin-inspired sweets do not call for hours in the kitchen. In fact, they don’t even require a recipe. Hold on to your gourds, cool moms: you...

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Love yogurt to go? Two perfectly portable all-natural options we love

We’re big fans of yogurt here at Cool Mom Picks and with good reason. It’s an easy go-to that kids love because it’s delicious and we moms love because it’s (mostly) healthy. Unfortunately, some of the most packable yogurts are also the most sugary. Ick! Enter two new options, both of which come in easy-to-tote packaging and have something new–and better–to offer yogurt fans like us. –Stacie   If you’ve ever tried skyr, traditional Icelandic yogurt, you’ve probably tried a cup of siggi’s (above), the most popular brand of Icelandic-style yogurt here in the States. Now, siggi’s offers squeezable yogurt...

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How do you like them apples? 6 easy apple snack and apple dessert recipes

Apple season is in full swing, which means we’ve got to find things to make with all them apples! As much as I love them, I’m finding myself seriously challenged by the the huge quantity of fruit I end up with during apple season. It doesn’t help that everyone’s clamoring for pies, cakes, dumplings, and other sweets that take a lot of time to make. This year, I’m taking apples into my own hands with these 6 easy-to-make apple snacks and desserts, that go a little further than slicing apples up and dipping them in peanut butter. Still, your...

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9 playdate recipes and snack ideas that will make your house the most popular spot on the block

I can confidently cook for nearly anyone, but one type of guest stumps me over and over: the little ones who come over to play with my kids. In fact, figuring out what to serve on my kids’ playdates is way more stressful than planning a party for 10 hungry adults.  If you want something a little more than cracking open a bag of fruit snacks, I’ve rounded up 9 play date recipes all made with kid-approved ingredients in a mom-approved amount of time. And, of course, they are tasty, because what would be the point if they were’t?...

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Best Lunchbox Snacks: Back to School Guide 2013

Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...

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Think (and eat) out of the box with a monthly snack subscription

So here’s a chore I haven’t been missing this summer: packing endless school lunches. Argh! Trying to come up with variety and good nutrition for my kids drives me nuts. I’m already looking for new ideas for the coming school year, and I think I’ve found a pretty clever source. Boxtera is a monthly subscription service that delivers a big ol’ box of healthful snacks to your doorstep. Because of its focus on nutrition and overall health, Boxtera’s items are made from natural ingredients and minimally processed. They’re mostly organic and gluten-free (and sometimes vegan, too). In each monthly...

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3 healthier drink boxes for kids: half the sugar, none of the guilt

I admit it, I’m a bit of a loudmouth about the benefits of skipping juice for kids. Most options are packed with sugar–like 20 grams per single-serving box, nearly the same amount of sugar in a full-sized Hershey’s bar. Whoa! I know, I know. An occasional sugary drink never hurt anyone (hello, homemade lemonade!). Thanks to these 3 new delicious juice boxes, though, I can get down off my sugar soapbox. Fewer than 10 grams of sugar each, and the kids love the taste. Score. –Stacie   We’ve always been fans of Honest Kids by HonestTea (above), but when the...

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5 brilliant DIY travel snack ideas for kids that will save the day.

My family and I are hitting the road soon and, having learned the hard way to never be caught empty-handed on a long trip, I’ll be prepared with an arsenal of travel snacks. Ideally healthy ones. Since you might be traveling soon too, whether a flight across country or just an afternoon in the local park, I have tracked down 5 seriously genius and creative DIY ideas for packing travel snacks that kids will love. You’ll not only save money, and possibly back seat fights if you’re driving, think of the time you’ll pick up not having to stop...

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7 Independence Day treats the kids can (almost!) whip up without you

No need to get fussy this Fourth of July. We’ve found seven patriotic snacks that are super cute, festive and easy to make. So easy, your kids can do most of the work, leaving you to celebrate your sweet independence! –Stacie These Star-Spangled Marshmallow Pops (above) from My Sister’s Suitcase are adorable and perfect for the younger set. Dip in chocolate, then roll in sprinkles: almost as exciting as fireworks! If you can’t get your hands on star-shaped marshmallows, try these 4th of July Marshmallow Pops from Wenderly. You should be able to pick up red and blue candy melts at your supermarket...

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One way to get kids to eat their fruit. If you don’t steal it first.

My kids, as with all kids, are obsessed with gummies. But I find that fruit chews give them the same satisfaction with a little less guilt. On my part. Hooray for a new brand that avoids the guilt entirely, and just in time for me to seek out new lunchbox snacks for camp.   Stretch Island, the company I love for their 100% natural fruit strips, is now making Stretch Island Fruit Chews, which are also made from real fruit puree with no additional sugar added. Just what’s naturally in the fruit. They are nut-free, gluten-free, and come in...

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Superfood alert: Snack like an Aztec warrior with these 5 chia seed snacks (and yes, they’re good)

Want to get in on the superfood fun, but have no clue what to do with a bag of chia seeds? (Other than turn them into a grassy novelty pet?) I’ve got five delicious ways to enjoy these wonder seeds, which were once the go-to survival food of Aztec warriors. Almost as cool as astronaut ice cream, right? –Stacie   So rumor has it that one tablespoon of chia seeds could sustain your average buff Aztec warrior for 24 hours. Not sure how many chia seeds it takes to sustain a busy mom on the go, but get this:...

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4 healthy coconut snacks you must have on hand, and not just for the kids.

We’ve gone cuckoo for coconuts. According to my last count, there are a million and one coconut snacks on the market today. (And, yes, that’s official market data, ha.) Turns out, pure coconut is pretty healthy stuff. It is still high in saturated fat, but also in lauric acid which boosts good cholesterol, which gives an overall positive healht impact. I know: blah, blah, blah. The point is that, eaten in moderation, all-natural coconut snacks can be a good choice–certainly better than candy or chips!–for both you and kiddo. These are four of my favorite coconut snacks that have...

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Healthy, organic foods for babies that are taking over the world (in a good way)

Healthy, organic natural foods are hardly a tough sell these days. More and more parents are paying attention to the importance of eating clean and healthy. I feel very good knowing that brands like longtime CMP favorite, Happy Family, are out, there spreading the word on the importance of healthy and organic eating,  and now making it more easily available–something that hasn’t always been the case. The newest in the ever-growing line of products for babies and toddlers feature really interesting combinations of organic nutrient-packed superfoods, like the new Blueberry and Purple Carrot Happy Puffs. There are also Homestyle...

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Like, totally tubular! A new, lower sugar on-the-go kids yogurt.

We here at Cool Mom Picks have been fans of Chobani Champions, the brand’s line of Greek yogurts made especially for kids, since day one, when they launched with four tasty flavors packed in perfectly kid-sized cups. Thanks to their new line, we now have one more reason–and four more flavors–to love this snack made especially for kids.  Chobani Tubes are the new on-the-go squeeze tube yogurt snacks made by the Greek yogurt maker. I must admit: squeeze tube yogurts are not normally my thing, but I decided to give these a try since they are made with “only natural...

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Duck, duck…fruit! Healthy all-natural snacks for little ones

It’s finally here, the time when your sweet, drooly, dribbly little baby is ready to get down with some solids.   You go to the supermarket and marvel at the huge selection of options, scratching your head as you read the ingredients, known and unknown. When it comes to choosing toddler and kid snacks, it’s not as simple as it should be. Sure, those gummies may be organic, but they are still gummies. And fruit’s the best snack out there, but it’s not always the most portable or sustainable. Well, thank goodness for men of action, like NYC-based dad...

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5 healthy lunchbox snacks that make that healthy snacking resolution a little easier

This year, a lot of parents are resolving to buy healthier lunchbox snacks that are kid and cool mom approved. Seem like a tall order? Not with these five healthy snacks. I know that healthy snacks can be hard. So many taste, well, healthy. These five products are different. They get high marks on health and taste, and I’m not the only one doing the grading. My boys have signed off on these treats, too. Hooray for one no-brainer resolution! –Stacie I Heart Keenwah clusters (above) Thought the quinoa trend was over? Think again. The most genius product churned out...

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Vending machines that are healthy for kids? Please, sir, I want some more.

Kids like pushing buttons. Kids like snacks. So it isn’t a big mystery when my kids drag me towards every vending machine they see. Fortunately one of our favorite healthy snack companies, Ella’s Kitchen, is doing something to make vending machines healthy too. The new invention is a todder-sized vending machine, designed specifically to sell their healthier organic kids snacks like Nibbly Fingers and their classic smushed fruit and veggie blends. What’s especially cool is that it’s not only fun and colorful, it’s actually under 4-feet tall so kids could be more inclined to go for this one than those that...

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Reusable squeeze pouches for snacking on the go

Feeding your baby solids is an exciting but somewhat stressful time–especially when you are on the go. As you know, most babies can’t really figure out the whole spoon-to-mouth thing when they first start eating, and it can get pretty darn messy. So I dig fruit and veggie pouches for their convenience, and now I especially love these reusable pouches that are easy on the environment, too. Squooshi makes very cute reusable squeeze-fruit pouches which are easy to fill and adorable to boot. Each one has a resealable bottom, which makes prepping the pouches a cinch. The cool thing...

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