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Finding healthy store-bought snacks for toddlers can be quite an adventure! It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack, with all those sugary and not-so-nutritious options at the grocery stores. It can be a real head-scratcher, not knowing what to grab or what won’t break the piggy bank. Fear not, though, because there are actually plenty of nutritious store-bought snacks that your little one will gobble up with glee!

Now, I must admit, I do enjoy making homemade snacks myself. Not only are they budget-friendly, but I can also keep an eye on every single ingredient that goes into the mix. But let’s be honest, who has the time to create snack masterpieces for those always-hungry toddlers? I certainly don’t! That’s why having a stash of ready-to-go snacks is an absolute lifesaver. Trust me, it’s a one-way ticket to snack heaven!

What To Look For In Store-Bought Snacks

When it comes to choosing healthy prepackaged snacks for your little ones, there are several factors to consider. Here, we will explore the key aspects that should guide your decision-making process. By keeping these points in mind, you can ensure that the snacks you select offer the right balance of nutrition and quality ingredients for your child’s well-being.

  1. Nutritional Content: When selecting prepackaged snacks, it’s important to pay attention to the nutritional content. Look for snacks that offer a good balance of macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Avoid snacks that are high in added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats. Instead, opt for snacks that contain natural ingredients, whole grains, and real fruits or vegetables.
  2. Ingredient List: Take a closer look at the ingredient list of the snacks you choose. The shorter the list, the better! Look for snacks that have recognizable ingredients and avoid those that contain artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. It’s also essential to be aware of common allergens such as nuts, dairy, and gluten if your child has any sensitivities.
  3. Portion Size: Consider the portion size of the snacks you purchase. Look for prepackaged snacks that come in appropriate portion sizes for your child’s age. This helps in avoiding excessive calorie intake and promotes healthier eating habits.
  4. Whole Grains: Whole grains are a valuable source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Opt for snacks that include whole grains as the primary ingredient. Look for terms like “whole wheat,” “whole oats,” or “brown rice” in the ingredient list. Whole grain snacks provide sustained energy and help keep your child feeling full for longer periods.

Healthy Store-Bought Snacks For Toddlers

In this list, I want to share with you some healthy store-bought snack ideas your toddler will love. I bought most of these items from Costco but you can also find them in other stores as well. I like Costco because you can buy them in bulk and they last a while.

This is not an exhaustive list. These are just some of the snacks that I have bought lately that I think would be great to add to your next grocery store run!

Healthy Bars for Kids

Thats It Bars: My kids absolutely adore these bars packed with real fruit, they are the perfect wholesome and fruity treat that they can’t resist!

Lara Bars: I love these bars and so do my kids, they have different flavors and they also come in minis

Natures Bakery Fig Bar: Another favorite in our home. Love the blueberry and strawberry flavors!

Store Bought Snacks For Toddlers: Crackers

Almond Flour Crackers: This was a new purchase on our weekly grocery shopping so I wasn’t sure if they’d like it, but they really do! I also love them. They only have a few ingredients in them: cassava flour, sea salt, organic onion, organic garlic, rosemary extract, tapioca starch, and nut & seed flour blend. These are good by themselves or you can serve them with some grapes and cheese.

Annie’s Whole Wheat Bunnies: I love that these are whole wheat and are baked. They are made with organic wheat and real cheat from cows not treated with rBST.

Healthy Store-Bought Fruit Snacks For Toddlers

Dried Fruit: When buying dried fruits, look for items that only have one ingredient and no added sugars. I love to get cranberries, raisins, dates, and dried mangoes.

Mama Chia: Mama Chia offers delicious and nutritious chia-based products that kids will love, providing a fun way to incorporate healthy ingredients into their daily routine.

Gogo Squeeze Pouches: My kids love these applesauce pouches. They come in different flavor combinations and my kids love all of them. I bought a big pack from Costco but you can also find it at different stores.

Gogo Squeez Organic Pouches

Black Forest Gummy Worms and gummy bears: These delicious gummy bears are bursting with fruity flavors and have a soft, chewy texture that makes them irresistible. Made with real fruit juice and carefully crafted to perfection, each bite is a flavorful treat.

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks: These adorable bunny-shaped fruit snacks are not only delicious but also made with real fruit juice, which makes them a healthier option compared to other sugary treats.

Hummus: My kids are not the biggest fan of hummus but if you have one that is, then these are perfect.

Store-Bought Snacks For Toddlers: Cookies and Energy Bites

Healthy store-bought snacks for toddlers

Aussie Bites: These Aussie bites are a great snack option. They are made of rolled oats, dried apricots, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, honey, coconut, quinoa, and chia seeds. They don’t have any trans fats and include 2% fiber. The only downsides to these are that they have 4 grams of added sugars and 2 grams of saturated fats. However, the ingredient list doesn’t have any ingredients that are unrecognizable so that’s a plus.

Made Good Cookies: These cookies are free from common allergens and are great for kids. They are made with simple ingredients including vegetable extracts.

Store-Bought Snacks For Toddlers: Chips

Snyders Mini Pretzels

Boulder Canyon Potato Chips: These chips are delicious with little salt so they are perfect for kids.

Kettle Brand Chips

Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn

Pirates booty aged white cheddar puffs: This is one of my favorite popcorn chips. They are made with aged white cheddar and are baked, not fried which makes them a healthier alternative to other chips. They are also gluten-free with no artificial colors, flavors, or ingredients. Grab a 12-pack bag that has 1/2 oz bags which are great for toddlers.

Veggie Straws

Bare Baked Chips: These are a great alternative to regular chips because they are baked and made from fruit. They have no added sugar and are fat-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

Store-Bought Dairy Snacks For Toddlers

Siggi’s Kids Yogurt

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Pouches and tubes: Decided to grab these this time around because I wanted to add another diary source the kids would love. They come in different flavors. The ones I bought are from Costco and they have strawberries and mixed berries.

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Drink

Gogo Squeeze Yogurt

Tillamonk Medium Cheddar Cheese Snacks: I love these for myself too. They have a good amount of calcium and protein making them a healthy option. No added sugars but they do have some saturated fats. I love that they are packed in convenient snack portions, which makes it easier to add them to snack/lunch boxes.

String Cheese: The Galbani string cheese has about 7 grams of protein, no added sugars, no artificial colors or flavors, and is great for snacking. Target has some cute mini-string cheese that are perfect for kids’ snack boxes.

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