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Back to School Snacks

by Amie Valpone
These healthy—and nut-free—options are sure-fire kid-pleasers!

We all know how exhausting it can be to come up with creative, nutritious snacks and lunches for your back-to-school kiddos, so we’re taking the work out of it for you.

No need to worry about ingredients that you can’t pronounce or products loaded with artificial flavors and colors. These products are all clean, wholesome and simply delicious. Plus, they are sure to banish lunchbox boredom!

Made in Nature Organic Superberry Fruit Fusion

A healthy alternative to artificial gummy fruit snacks, this blend of cranberries, blueberries, tart cherries, raisins and goji berries has a few pumpkin seeds thrown in for some crunch. The great news is that there is no refined sugar added, it is sweetened with a small amount of organic apple juice concentrate. Available in individual bags, it is organic, non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, unsulfured, no artificial ingredients, no nuts, vegan and kosher. madeinnature.com

Uncle Matt’s Fruit-Infused, Cold-Pressed Probiotic Waters

These new waters are not only refreshing and tasty, but nutrient-dense and a perfect way for your kids to stay hydrated any time of the day. Uncle Matt’s is the first to infuse water with cold-pressed, high-pressure processed fruit juice and citrus peel. These waters also pack a healthy punch of probiotics. They come in three citrus flavors, each with only two grams or less of natural fruit sugar. Uncle Matt's also has a variety of organic juices, many sized for a kid’s lunch box as well. Unclematts.com

Once Again Organic Sunflower Seed Butter Packets

No nuts here! These easy-to-open packets are filled with organic roasted sunflower seeds that are milled smooth to create a peanut butter consistency. Toss one into your child’s lunch for an easy snack with chopped carrots or whole grain crackers. Sold individually in packets or in a six-packet box, they are organic, non-GMO Project Verified, no nuts, gluten-free, vegan and kosher. onceagainnutbutter.com

Mamma Chia Organic Chia Squeeze

Kids love the taste and they’re fun to eat, too. These tasty pouches are the perfect healthy snack to add to your child’s lunchbox and they contain both fruits and vegetables, and are loaded with antioxidants. Chia seeds are a great snack for kids because they’re a complete protein and contain fiber, healthy fat, Omega 3s and other nutrients to keep kids full and satisfied until their next meal. Chia Squeeze is organic and GMO-free with no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and no pesticides. mammachia.com

Eco Lunch Boxes

Why pack homemade lunches made with high-quality organic ingredients and then place them into plastic containers that leach chemicals inside a vinyl plastic tote? This plastic-free, perfectly portioned lunchware is built to last, using traditional, non-toxic materials such as stainless steel, cotton and plastic-free silicone. Plus, your child can choose a reusable cotton napkin and either a bamboo or a stainless steel spork. Packing lunch doesn’t get much better than this! ecolunchboxes.com

Forks Over Knives Family

On the fifth anniversary of Forks Over Knives, the ground-breaking film that inspired many to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, comes Forks Over Knives Family (Touchstone), by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD. In this info-packed, inspiring guide to a whole-food plant-based lifestyle for the entire family, the doctors make a compelling case linking many modern diseases to meat, dairy and refined foods. The authors not only answer questions about dealing with allergies and school lunches, they serve up delicious recipes that the kids will love. –Rona Berg

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