This morning I made the school lunches and then opened my son’s backpack only to find a note stating that in addition to nuts, there was a severe allergy in his class that prevents me from packing any food containing cooked or un-cooked eggs. No meatballs, pancake bites, egg-containing breads or pizza dough. I can totally handle the restrictions but I feel so very sorry for all families that must deal with scary allergies. It’s a tough world we live in, and I can’t imagine the level of anxiety the child and parents feel trusting other parents to pack egg-free lunches in order to be safe in the classroom.
While I love to make food and snacks from scratch, sometimes relying on companies with high standards, where ingredients are clearly written on a package is comforting as well as convenient. We’ve rounded up a few new snacks and will be giving them all away to one lucky family. Here’s a wrap-up of what we’ve discovered, along with a giveaway of all of these snacks and MORE.
- The delicious, ooey-gooey treat kids know and love, now with the nutritional goodness of brown rice that moms can feel good about! New Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Squares Brown Rice Bars are low in saturated fat, trans fat free, contain no artificial colours, provide 8g of whole grain per serving (20g) and are a twist on a classic favourite. The new snack bars are sure to give kids a reason to open up their lunch boxes this back-to-school season!
- Bear Paws Mini Fruits is a snack kids will love and they’re packed with made better-for-you attributes. There are no artificial flavours, colours or high fructose corn syrup. They are also peanut, gluten, fat and gelatin free. Bear Paws Mini Fruits come in snack-sized packages, are made with Real Fruit and they’re lunch-box friendly!
Canadian company Hungry Buddha produces all-natural coconut chips that are gluten-free, dairy-free, with zero fat and zero cholesterol. The variety of flavours are a great sweet or savoury snack to complement kids’ lunches and give them another reason to be excited for the day! The Hungry Buddha Snack pack has been designed to fit into lunch boxes or backpacks. Parents have nothing to worry about, because the snack pack has four different coconut chip flavours, so kids have something new to look forward to each day. Flavours include Classic Coconut, Smokin’ Sriracha, Cheeky Chocolate and Heavenly Honey. We’ve tried them and they are now a snack staple in the house.
NEW Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Peanut Free Granola Bars check all the boxes. As the first brand to offer organic, gluten-free and peanut-free bars for kids, EnviroKidz has back-to-school snacks covered. Made with gluten-free rolled oats, real freeze-dried strawberries and Fair Trade chocolate, they’re actually lower in sugar than most other kids’ bars. Flavours include Chocolate Chip and Strawberry. So yum!
Disclosure: UrbanMommies received samples of these products but was in no other fashion compensated for this giveaway.