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?

Entry Instructions:

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4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

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.

The Official Rules are available here.

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

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Comments

  1. Sabrina says

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

  2. Birdiebee says

    The AppleCinnamon would be my first choice for the family.

  3. heather c says

    I think AppleCherry for us! Love them both!

  4. Rajee Pandi says

    love to take it to the zoo

  5. Kathryn C says

    would love to try the appleberry flavor

  6. Tabathia B says

    My daughter would like apple pear

    tbarrettno1 at gmail.com

  7. Betty C says

    AppleStrawberry sounds yummy

  8. Thomas Murphy says

    I want to try the AppleStrawberry

  9. Tina Reynolds says

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

  10. angie says

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

  11. Francine Anchondo says

    Apple-Pineapple

  12. Tracey byram says

    Applepeach sounds yummy

  13. Bruce says

    Apple Cinnamon

  14. Aurelie Red says

    GoGo squeeZ looks delicious ! My daughter would love AppleCinnamon !

  15. Lisa Garner says

    I think my daughter would love the Gimme Five flavor.

  16. Stephanie Larison says

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

  17. Debbie B says

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

  18. ewhatley says

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

  19. Kimmy Ripley says

    AppleBanana sounds great!

  20. Stephanie Phelps says

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

  21. Ellie Wright says

    I think my boys would like the Applebanana flavor.

  22. Ed says

    AppleGrape would be my flavor of choice!

  23. Douglas Houston says

    I want to the AppleCinnamon flavor first.

  24. 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.

  25. Craig Johnson says

    Apple-Apple looks delish!!!

  26. joe gersch says

    we would love to try the applepeach

  27. joni says

    Apple Banana sounds yummy.

  28. Xander Franke says

    Apple berry sounds super delicious!

  29. Jayne Garrett (@momznite) says

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

  30. Linda C. says

    I’d like to try the AppleStrawberry!

  31. Marcia Goss says

    I want to try the Apple-Strawberry.

  32. sherri crawford says

    i want to try great full grape

  33. Lisa V. says

    I want to try the Apple Banana.

  34. Ashley C says

    We would love to try the applecinnamon!

  35. Erica B. says

    Apple peach sounds good.

  36. 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.

  37. 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 🙂

  38. Richard Hicks says

    I think they would like the AppleBerry

  39. mickeyfan says

    The grands love AppleStrawberry.

  40. Shannon says

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

  41. Kathleen says

    I would like to try AppleGrape for my family.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  42. Crystal F says

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

  43. Leela says

    Apple Grape.

  44. 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!

  45. Bethany says

    I think apple strawberry would be most well received here!

  46. Lasonda says

    I would like to try the apple cherry.

  47. Kerry says

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

  48. Stephanie V. says

    AppleStrawberry – yum!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  49. Linda G. says

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

  50. paige chandler says

    We want to try apple peach flavor

  51. LAMusing says

    I’d like to try the new Apple Pineapple.

  52. Norma says

    Apple Peach sounds good!

  53. Denise S says

    We would want to try Boulder Berry.

  54. Debbi Wellenstein says

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

  55. sarah hirsch says

    we want to try the apple cinnamon flavor

  56. Neil Barto says

    Applestrawberry

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

  58. nickie says

    AppleStrawberry!

  59. Margaret Smith says

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

  60. Cynthia C says

    The Pedal Pedal Punch flavor sounds good to me.

  61. Barbara M says

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

  62. Karin A. says

    Would like to try the Boulder Berry.

  63. Kirsten says

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

  64. amanda whitley says

    my family would love to try the AppleStrawberry flavor

  65. Gina M says

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

  66. Gina M says

    I would love to try apple peach.

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

  67. 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.

  68. maria cantu says

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

  69. ELIZABETH P says

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

  70. erica best says

    the applepear was so good

  71. Georgia says

    I think AppleStrawberry would be a big hit here!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  72. Bert says

    I would like to try the applepeach and the boulder berry

  73. Lauren says

    I would like to try apple cherry.

  74. shaunie says

    We would love to try the ApplePear

  75. Becky Horn says

    This one sounds great Apple-Pineapple

  76. Melissa M says

    I would love to try applepeach.

  77. 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.

  78. Rebecca says

    The Gimme five sounds really good!

  79. Rebecca Graham says

    I want to try the AppleBerry flavor.

  80. Carolina Dhabolt says

    Definitely Apple-Mango!

  81. melissa says

    we’d love to try the AppleApple flavor!

  82. Tara O. says

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

  83. Elle says

    I’d love to try AppleBerry for us.

  84. Susan Smith says

    We would like to try the ApplePeach flavor.

  85. Nicole says

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

  86. Ashley H says

    ApplePeach.

  87. kjasus says

    pedal pedal punch

  88. latanya says

    apple peach

  89. rachel says

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

  90. Norma says

    I’d try apple peach.

  91. LAMusing says

    Apple Pineapple sounds good.

  92. julie says

    I would like to try the appleapple

  93. Shannon says

    Mmmm applepeach!

  94. Madeline says

    I’d love to try the ApplePeach flavor!

  95. tina m says

    I want to try the AppleMango.

  96. Jessie C. says

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

  97. Jessie C. says

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

  98. Kathleen says

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

  99. Melinda says

    apple apple

  100. sean says

    apple cherry

  101. 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.

  102. Deb D says

    My son would love AppleStrawberry!

  103. brittany says

    GimmeFive or Zippin Zingin Pear

  104. Martha says

    I’d like to try the Gimme Five flavor

  105. Sarah says

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

  106. Nancy Guyotte says

    Boulder Berry is the one I want to try!

  107. Melissa says

    Pedal Pedal Punch sounds great!

  108. Erika says

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

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  109. sandra says

    applecinnamon

  110. Katrina says

    apple cinnamon

  111. Talia B. says

    Apple Strawberry!

  112. Kory says

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

  113. Cassie says

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

  114. Amy says

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

  115. Jill says

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

  116. Mary Ann says

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

  117. Lee says

    I’d like to try AppleBerry flavor.

  118. Kristen says

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

  119. Deb C says

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

  120. Amy says

    Apple pineapple!

  121. Marcelina Valverde says

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

  122. tammigirl says

    Boulder Berry sounds like the the best!

  123. Sarah says

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

  124. Sue D says

    We would like to try Boulder Berry.

  125. steve weber says

    We would like to try the ApplePeach flavor.

  126. Karen L says

    We would like to try Give Me Five.

  127. Christy S says

    Apple Cherry sounds yummy!

  128. 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.

  129. Michelle N says

    My family would love to try to the apple mango flavor

  130. Adriana says

    The Gimme Five and the Boulder Berry sound good!

  131. Tracey G says

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

  132. 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!

  133. Clarissa says

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

  134. Shannon says

    Great’Full Grape and Gimme Five

  135. Katherine says

    We would try the apple grape

  136. Mary L says

    ApplePeach!

  137. Lisa Brown says

    Organic Apple Cinnamon

  138. Katherine says

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

  139. Stacey b says

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

  140. Kelly D says

    I would like to try the AppleCinnamon flavor.

  141. Whit Clark says

    The Apple Grape flavor sounds interesting and good!

  142. Lauren M says

    appleberry

  143. Elena says

    We would like to try the Apple Peach flavor

  144. Mami2jcn says

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

  145. Mami2jcn says

    My daughter would like Apple Banana.

  146. heather says

    I would love to try ApplePeach for my family.

  147. Amelia says

    AppleApple – we’re boring 🙂

  148. Tracy says

    Apple pineapple. Thanks!

  149. Julie Wood says

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

  150. 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.

  151. 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!

  152. Savanna says

    AppleStrawberry!

  153. 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!

  154. Kibbie says

    Boulder berry

  155. OFG says

    AppleStrawberry!

  156. Lexa says

    My family would most like to try the applepeach.

  157. Natalie says

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

  158. Nicole D says

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