On the Go Goodness: 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (+ $100 Giveaway!)



Thriving Home GoGoSqueeZ-10I’ve learned my lesson too many times as a mom. Maybe you’ve experienced one of these same scenarios.There’s that one more errand you’ve got to run but the kids slowly begin melting down.

And the traffic-laden car trip that drags on and on while the din from the back seat gets louder and whinier.

Oh, and don’t forget the trip to the park with friends that starts off happily but ends with multiple people crying.

The common denominator in these situations? Well, I confess it was usually because I committed one of the foremost mom sins: I FORGOT A SNACK. Seriously.

It’s true that indiscriminate snacking can inhibit children from eating healthy meals, but well-planned out, healthy snacks are actually an important part of kids’ diets. Just like you and me, when their blood sugar gets low, little ones feel lethargic and crabby. I’ve learned that the key is always having a few healthy snack options at hand–maybe most importantly when I’m on the go.

But, it’s not always as simple as it seems to find healthy on-the-go snacks. A trip down the “kid snack” aisle at the grocery store reduces our choices almost exclusively to crackers, gummies, cookies, and other similar items that are full of preservatives, dyes, strange additives, and loads of sugar. These highly processed snacks add almost no nutritional value to a child’s diet, and may in fact make them feel worse when they experience a blood sugar crash soon after.

10 Healthy Snacks for Kids

The truth is there are very few, if any, snacks that I buy in these aisles. Instead, I usually turn to healthy grab-and-go snacks like these:

  • Homemade Popcorn (Hint: Make a big batch and store in airtight container. It lasts for 2-3 days when sealed.)
  • Grapes
  • Whole wheat pretzels (Hint: Look in the health food section for ones that are high in fiber and have no preservatives or additives.)
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Trail mix (raisins, dark chocolate chips, nuts)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Multigrain crackers (Hint: Look in the health food section for ones that are high in fiber and have no preservatives or additives.)
  • Frozen peas (I used to love these as a kid and mine do now!)
  • GoGo squeeZes (One of the few snacks I feel ok about purchasing from the normal snack aisles. Polly’s and my kids love them!)

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Why GoGo squeeZ Makes My Snack List

What is that Polly and I like about GoGo squeeZ?

  • Made of 100% fruit or 100% fruit and vegetables.
  • Nothing artificial in them. We’re talking all real ingredients. Woo hoo!
  • A good gluten, nut and dairy free option for our friends’ children who have allergies.
  • The portable, re-sealable pouch safely (i.e. cleanly!) travels wherever we go.
  • So many awesome flavors that our kids love. I mean look at this long list of options GoGo squeeZ offers:

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Fruit Flavors:

AppleApple

AppleStrawberry

AppleBanana

ApplePeach

AppleCinnamon

AppleBerry

AppleMango

AppleCherry

ApplePear

AppleGrape

Gimme Five (blend of Apple, Banana, Mango, Strawberry and Peach)

NEW Apple-Pineapple

Fruit and VeggieZ:

Great’Full Grape (Apple Sweet Potato Grape Flavor)

Pedal Pedal Punch (Apple Peach Sweet Potato Flavor)

Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear (Apple Pear Carrot Flavor)

Boulder Berry (Apple Carrot Mixed Berries Flavor)

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Win a $100 Visa Gift Card:

Know what else I like about GoGo squeeZ? The fact that they are giving away a $100 Visa gift card to one of our readers! And, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment answering this question:

What flavor of GoGo squeeZ do you want to try for your family?

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Comments

  1. Nicole D says

    The flavor of GoGo squeeZ I want to try for my family is the Apple Grape flavor.

  2. Natalie says

    I think my family and I would love to try the AppleCinnamon flavor the most.

  3. Lexa says

    My family would most like to try the applepeach.

  4. OFG says

    AppleStrawberry!

  5. Kibbie says

    Boulder berry

  6. Jamie S. says

    my son loves the gogosqueezes! So easy and convenient. We would LOVE to try the Boulder berry. Haven’t seen that one on our local shelves!

  7. Savanna says

    AppleStrawberry!

  8. Jill says

    We love Gogo Squeezes! We usually get the apple cinnamon or the apple strawberry, but we’d love to try the Apple Mango or Great’Full Grape. I haven’t seen either of those in stores around us yet!

  9. Hickory Nut says

    My son would love the AppleGrape. He’s on a grape kick right now for some reason. Thanks for the review on this product as well. It’s so hard to know what is actually healthy in the “healthy” aisle. This would be easy to throw in a purse as well, and the fact that the cover can go back on is really great. The foil top kind are use it or lose it, so this is much handier.

  10. Julie Wood says

    My son’s favorite favorite GoGo squeeZ flavor is Apple Cherry!

  11. Tracy says

    Apple pineapple. Thanks!

  12. Amelia says

    AppleApple – we’re boring 🙂

  13. heather says

    I would love to try ApplePeach for my family.

  14. Mami2jcn says

    My daughter would like Apple Banana.

  15. Mami2jcn says

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/562774203452379136

  16. Elena says

    We would like to try the Apple Peach flavor

  17. Lauren M says

    appleberry

  18. Whit Clark says

    The Apple Grape flavor sounds interesting and good!

  19. Kelly D says

    I would like to try the AppleCinnamon flavor.

  20. Stacey b says

    I’d love for us to try the Apple Berry or Apple Cinnamon!

  21. Katherine says

    Zippin Zingin Pear sounds like a juice that my mom used to make for us when we were kids!

  22. Lisa Brown says

    Organic Apple Cinnamon

  23. Mary L says

    ApplePeach!

  24. Katherine says

    We would try the apple grape

  25. Shannon says

    Great’Full Grape and Gimme Five

  26. Clarissa says

    AppleBerry sounds delicious!
    I have reviewed for them before and my kids loved them!

  27. Michelle says

    Boulder Berry! The more veggies the better! Thanks for the giveaway! We are going to take a road trip before long and these sound great!

  28. Tracey G says

    I’d love to try the Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear (Apple Pear Carrot Flavor)

  29. Adriana says

    The Gimme Five and the Boulder Berry sound good!

  30. Michelle N says

    My family would love to try to the apple mango flavor

  31. Patricia C. says

    GoGo squeeZ is a nice brand. They’ve passed out samples at a couple of events in Atlanta so my kids have tried several flavors. We like like apple berry the best. I would like to try apple peach next. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  32. Christy S says

    Apple Cherry sounds yummy!

  33. Karen L says

    We would like to try Give Me Five.

  34. steve weber says

    We would like to try the ApplePeach flavor.

  35. Sue D says

    We would like to try Boulder Berry.

  36. Sarah says

    Love this go-to snack for my kids. Would like to try the Boulder Berry. YUM!

  37. tammigirl says

    Boulder Berry sounds like the the best!

  38. Marcelina Valverde says

    The squeeze pouches are awesome 🙂 would like to try the pedal pedal punch flavor sounds yummy!

  39. Amy says

    Apple pineapple!

  40. Deb C says

    I think the Boulder Berry flavor with Apple Carrot and Mixed Berries would be the best for us to try first.

  41. Kristen says

    I’d like to try the Apple Sweet Potato Grape.

  42. Lee says

    I’d like to try AppleBerry flavor.

  43. Mary Ann says

    I’ve purchased these for my kids a few times also. =) They like the appleapple and applestrawberry.

  44. Jill says

    Haven’t tried these yet. Apple strawberry sounds good!!

  45. Amy says

    The flavor I would like to try for my 5 kids is pedal pedal punch.

  46. Cassie says

    Boulder berry sounds good and I like that it has veggies in there as well!

  47. Kory says

    My kids love apples & cherries, so I would love to try Applecherry.

  48. Talia B. says

    Apple Strawberry!

  49. Katrina says

    apple cinnamon

  50. sandra says

    applecinnamon

  51. Erika says

    I think my kids would enjoy the Gimme 5 flavor. 🙂

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  52. Melissa says

    Pedal Pedal Punch sounds great!

  53. Nancy Guyotte says

    Boulder Berry is the one I want to try!

  54. Sarah says

    We’ve tried most of them so probably the new apple-pineapple!

  55. Martha says

    I’d like to try the Gimme Five flavor

  56. brittany says

    GimmeFive or Zippin Zingin Pear

  57. Deb D says

    My son would love AppleStrawberry!

  58. Brittany says

    We have not tried these yet, but we are going to have to now! I strive to feed my son all natural from scratch foods all the time, these would be a great quick snack that for once I dont have to make.

  59. sean says

    apple cherry

  60. Melinda says

    apple apple

  61. Kathleen says

    The apple-peach-sweet potato flavor sounds intriguing! It would be a great source of Vitamin A!

  62. Jessie C. says

    I would like to try AppleStrawberry for my familiy.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  63. Jessie C. says

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/564626653511303168

  64. tina m says

    I want to try the AppleMango.

  65. Madeline says

    I’d love to try the ApplePeach flavor!

  66. Shannon says

    Mmmm applepeach!

  67. julie says

    I would like to try the appleapple

  68. LAMusing says

    Apple Pineapple sounds good.

  69. Norma says

    I’d try apple peach.

  70. rachel says

    AppleStrawberry! Although I bet my little one would eat any of them with apple.

  71. latanya says

    apple peach

  72. kjasus says

    pedal pedal punch

  73. Ashley H says

    ApplePeach.

  74. Nicole says

    It’s a toss-up between AppleCherry and ApplePear.

  75. Susan Smith says

    We would like to try the ApplePeach flavor.

  76. Elle says

    I’d love to try AppleBerry for us.

  77. Tara O. says

    I’d love to try the Apple Berry flavor – I bet my daughter would love that one too!

  78. melissa says

    we’d love to try the AppleApple flavor!

  79. Carolina Dhabolt says

    Definitely Apple-Mango!

  80. Rebecca Graham says

    I want to try the AppleBerry flavor.

  81. Rebecca says

    The Gimme five sounds really good!

  82. D Lammy says

    I’m pretty sure we need to try the AppleMango. My children eat mango like it’s a food group all on it’s own.

  83. Melissa M says

    I would love to try applepeach.

  84. Becky Horn says

    This one sounds great Apple-Pineapple

  85. shaunie says

    We would love to try the ApplePear

  86. Lauren says

    I would like to try apple cherry.

  87. Bert says

    I would like to try the applepeach and the boulder berry

  88. Georgia says

    I think AppleStrawberry would be a big hit here!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  89. erica best says

    the applepear was so good

  90. ELIZABETH P says

    I would most like to try APPLE CHERRY. looks yummy . truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

  91. maria cantu says

    I’d like to try the new apple-pineapple flavor.

  92. Jennifer Smith says

    My kids love GoGo SqueeZ! I’m in big trouble if there isn’t a box in the pantry. My son’s favorite is the applestrawberry and my daughter loves the applebanana.

  93. Gina M says

    I would love to try apple peach.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  94. Gina M says

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/577504791116529664

  95. amanda whitley says

    my family would love to try the AppleStrawberry flavor

  96. Kirsten says

    Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear because my kids won’t eat real carrots! =) Thanks!

  97. Karin A. says

    Would like to try the Boulder Berry.

  98. Barbara M says

    So many great flavors to pick from!
    We’d all love the Apple Mango.
    thank you

  99. Cynthia C says

    The Pedal Pedal Punch flavor sounds good to me.

  100. Margaret Smith says

    I think that my family would most enjoy the AppleCherry flavor. Thanks so much.

  101. nickie says

    AppleStrawberry!

  102. I don’t have kids at home but I would think kids would like the Apple/Pear flavor

  103. Neil Barto says

    Applestrawberry

  104. sarah hirsch says

    we want to try the apple cinnamon flavor

  105. Debbi Wellenstein says

    I took a poll, and the winning flavor is Apple Strawberry.

  106. Denise S says

    We would want to try Boulder Berry.

  107. Norma says

    Apple Peach sounds good!

  108. LAMusing says

    I’d like to try the new Apple Pineapple.

  109. paige chandler says

    We want to try apple peach flavor

  110. Linda G. says

    We would like to try the AppleApple flavor. Apples are our favorite!

  111. Stephanie V. says

    AppleStrawberry – yum!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  112. Kerry says

    We’ve tried quite a few. But I would like to try the Apple-Pineapple!

  113. Lasonda says

    I would like to try the apple cherry.

  114. Bethany says

    I think apple strawberry would be most well received here!

  115. Brittany Blankenship says

    We love gogo squeezes, especially Apple cinnamon, apple strawberry, and Apple grape, but I’d love to find apple pear. Pear fanatics in my house!

  116. Leela says

    Apple Grape.

  117. Crystal F says

    We would like to try the apple pineapple. Thank you!

  118. Kathleen says

    I would like to try AppleGrape for my family.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  119. Shannon says

    I think we’ve tried every flavor and we love the apple cinnamon best!!

  120. mickeyfan says

    The grands love AppleStrawberry.

  121. Richard Hicks says

    I think they would like the AppleBerry

  122. Anastasia Falling says

    I’m pretty sure all those delicious flavors would be a big hit with the kids, but we’d start with AppleBanana 🙂

  123. Sarah L says

    I agree that these are great to always have handy. I usually have energy bars too. And I always have my water bottle. I like Gimme Five.
    Thanks for the contest.

  124. Erica B. says

    Apple peach sounds good.

  125. Ashley C says

    We would love to try the applecinnamon!

  126. Lisa V. says

    I want to try the Apple Banana.

  127. sherri crawford says

    i want to try great full grape

  128. Marcia Goss says

    I want to try the Apple-Strawberry.

  129. Linda C. says

    I’d like to try the AppleStrawberry!

  130. Jayne Garrett (@momznite) says

    I think Apple-Mango or Apple-Pineapple would be the flavor to try first.

  131. Xander Franke says

    Apple berry sounds super delicious!

  132. joni says

    Apple Banana sounds yummy.

  133. joe gersch says

    we would love to try the applepeach

  134. Craig Johnson says

    Apple-Apple looks delish!!!

  135. Denise L says

    I’d like to try one of the veggie flavors…maybe Pedal Pedal Punch. I love finding new ways to get my little guy to eat his veggies.

  136. Douglas Houston says

    I want to the AppleCinnamon flavor first.

  137. Ed says

    AppleGrape would be my flavor of choice!

  138. Ellie Wright says

    I think my boys would like the Applebanana flavor.

  139. Stephanie Phelps says

    I know my kids would love to try the Apple Grape flavor.

  140. Kimmy Ripley says

    AppleBanana sounds great!

  141. ewhatley says

    In our house it would be apple mange and apple pineapple.

  142. Debbie B says

    there are several but i think that the Apple Strawberry would be at the top of our list

  143. Stephanie Larison says

    I think my kids would like the Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear best.

  144. Lisa Garner says

    I think my daughter would love the Gimme Five flavor.

  145. Aurelie Red says

    GoGo squeeZ looks delicious ! My daughter would love AppleCinnamon !

  146. Bruce says

    Apple Cinnamon

  147. Tracey byram says

    Applepeach sounds yummy

  148. Francine Anchondo says

    Apple-Pineapple

  149. angie says

    ooooo I would love to try the apple grape flavor! Sounds very refreshing! 😀

  150. Tina Reynolds says

    I think the apple mango flavor would be a huge hit in my house

  151. Thomas Murphy says

    I want to try the AppleStrawberry

  152. Betty C says

    AppleStrawberry sounds yummy

  153. Tabathia B says

    My daughter would like apple pear

    tbarrettno1 at gmail.com

  154. Kathryn C says

    would love to try the appleberry flavor

  155. Rajee Pandi says

    love to take it to the zoo

  156. heather c says

    I think AppleCherry for us! Love them both!

  157. Birdiebee says

    The AppleCinnamon would be my first choice for the family.

  158. Sabrina says

    Thanks for the chance!
    I will have to look for the Apple Pineapple and the Apple Cherry!