Nour­ish­ing nib­bles (but don’t tell the kids)

Los Angeles Times - - MIND & BODY - By Kavita Daswani health@la­times.com

The new school year is around the cor­ner, which means it’s time to up­grade the con­tents of those lunch­boxes. Here are some health­ful ideas for snack time along­side the req­ui­site five-a-day fruits and veg­gies.

On-the-go snack­ing

Year-old brand Pure Growth Or­ganic makes th­ese Break­fast Bis­cuit Bites in four fla­vors — choco­late, blue­berry, ap­ple cin­na­mon and straw­berry; the slen­der, lightly sweet­ened whole-grain bis­cuits have no fake col­ors or fla­vors and are free of trans fats. Co-founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Sab­rina Peter­son said her goal was to of­fer or­ganic prod­ucts (many of the other prod­ucts in the brand’s port­fo­lio are ve­gan, gluten-free and nut-free) at an af­ford­able price for fam­i­lies.

$2.98 at se­lect Tar­get and Wal-Mart stores. PureGrowthOr­ganic.com

Easy-to-eat bars

Just launched un­der the Clif Bar’s Clif Kid ban­ner is its new ZBar Filled — a baked or­ganic snack bar filled with nut but­ters. The of­fer­ing pairs pop­u­lar fla­vor com­bi­na­tions — ap­ple with al­mond but­ter, choco­late with peanut but­ter — into an easy-to-eat bar that has no high fruc­tose corn syrup or chem­i­cal ad­di­tives.

$4.99 per box of five at Tar­get, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart. ClifBar.com

Cheesy snacks

If your tyke (or you) crave a lit­tle crunch, An­nie’s Home­grown re­cently launched its Or­ganic White Ched­dar Bunny Tail Puffs and Ched­dar Cheesy Puffs. The all-nat­u­ral prod­ucts are baked (many sim­i­lar con­ven­tional prod­ucts are fried), are made with eight grams of whole grains and are cov­ered with a dust­ing of real cheese from cows raised with­out an­tibi­otics or syn­thetic hor­mones.

$4.20 for a 4.3-ounce bag at Tar­get. An­nies.com

A guilt-free, sweet drink

Can’t get your kid to drink wa­ter? Irvinebased AquaBall was founded af­ter for­mer Los An­ge­les ed­u­ca­tor Kevin Sher­man no­ticed that chil­dren weren’t con­sum­ing enough wa­ter — but were drink­ing plenty of “sug­ary bev­er­ages.” (Some­times equiv­a­lent to 30 tea­spoons of sugar a day, he said.) AquaBall is a fruit-fla­vored wa­ter sweet­ened with all-nat­u­ral stevia and pack­aged in kid­die-friendly bot­tles fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar Dis­ney and Marvel char­ac­ters. “The char­ac­ters help en­tice chil­dren to drink the health­ier al­ter­na­tive,” Sher­man said. The ze­rocalo­rie bev­er­age comes in berry frost, fruit punch, grape and straw­berry lemon­ade.

$1.19 at Al­bert­sons, Pavil­ions and Vons. AquaBal­lDrink.com

Clif Kid

Pure Growth Or­ganic

AquaBall

An­nie’s

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