As per my friend Julie's request, this week I took on the challenge of finding some healthy snacks at Trader Joe's for the kiddos (and adults too :). Liam, Luke and I headed out this afternoon and cased the aisles of Trader Joe's in search of the perfect snacks. We even opened one to sample (don't worry, we paid for it in the end) in the middle of our quest. I've listed the items below with a brief description of each. I'm sure there are some other great snacks hiding in the aisles that I didn't find. That's the thing about Trader Joe's...they have so many products at so many different eye levels, I always find new things. I guess it's no surprise I miss the higher up items :) And pretty much every time I go there, I spot a really good item that someone else has in their basket in the checkout line, and I obnoxiously dart away (while leaving my cart in line) to snag the product -- escaping the evil looks of other shoppers in the checkout line.
Organic Fruit Wraps - these organic fruit leathers come in multiple flavors including apple and mixed berry. Liam loves them. I think he thinks they're candy.
Fruity Flakes - these dried fruit snacks are a new product, I think, which we haven't tried yet. They're all-natural gummy fruit snacks which come in individual snack packs. Perfect for packing in a lunch. Flavors include Apple/Strawberry and Watermelon/Raspberry.
Freeze Dried Fruit - this freeze dried fruit comes in many different flavors including bananas and blueberries. No sugar added.
Individually Packaged Apple Sauce - this organic applesauce comes in plain, berry and cinnamon varieties as well as pear sauce.
Apple Crushers - I think this is an applesauce-like product and it comes in individual packages. It seemed like a lot of packaging, but it comes in 2 flavors: apple and apple-carrot.
Cereal Bars- these fruit bars (similar to Nutri-Grain bars) come in three flavors - apple, blueberry and fig. The individual packaging makes them perfect for a breakfast snack-to-go.
Snap Pea Crisps - these crispy snacks made out of dried snap peas are a great afternoon snack and a healthy alternative to chips. Personally, I think they're a little bland, but Liam loves them.
Dried Green Beans - I know this might sound kind of strange, but these dried green beans are a yummy salty and crunchy snack with a hint of sweetness. This is what we selected for our taste test while shopping today. We give them two thumbs up.
Veggie Sticks - these crunchy, salty snacks actually remind me of the old chip Munchos (I love Munchos) but with a little more nutritional value. Liam loves them, and while they're not as healthy as a carrot stick, they're a good alternative to chips.
Crunchy Curls - these potato and lentil snacks are a great way to sneak some nutrients into a snack and your child will have no clue.
String Cheese - these come in mozzarella and cheddar flavors, conventional and organic.
Granola Bars - these organic snacks come in honey oat and peanut butter flavors. Liam and Luke love the honey oat.
Trader Joe's O's - this cereal is their version of Cheerios. Like all kids, mine love them.
I hope this list gives you some good snack ideas. If you have another great snack to add to the list, let me know and I'll include.
If you have any other suggestions or 'wants' you'd like me to check out at TJ's, give me a shout out.