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)

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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?

Entry Instructions:

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You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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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 [email protected] email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 2/2/2015 – 3/31/2015.

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227 replies
  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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 🙂

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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!

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  12. 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!

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