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A recent study from the USDA found that kids are consuming more calories from snacks than ever before. Pair that with the fact that many packaged snacks have exorbitant amounts of sodium and sugar, and our kids could be on their way to major health problems. That’s why KIWI teamed up with top nutritionists to develop guidelines for choosing healthier snacks, then had kids taste dozens of products. Check out these 50 better-for-you options for every type of snack your family craves.

Click on an image below to see what healthy snacks made our list.

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healthy snacks

Healthy snacks

healthy snacks

healthy snacks

 

OUR SNACK STANDARDS

You can feel confident that every food we chose for this story meets the following criteria: Short, transparent ingredient list | No trans fats | No artificial colors, flavorings, or additives | No GMOs | Less than 175mg of sodium per serving and less than 1g of sodium per calorie | Saturated fat is below 5g per serving and makes up no more than 10 percent of the total calories | Added sugars make up no more than 10 percent of the calories and are not listed at the top of the ingredient list

MEET OUR NUTRITIONISTS!

Before choosing these snacks, we went to three top children’s nutritionists, who told us what to look for on every label.

Julieanna Hever, RD, MS, CPT Known as “The Plant-Based Dietitian,” Hever works with clients ranging from elite athletes to children through her private practice in Los Angeles. She is also the author of several books, including, most recently, The Vegiterranean Diet.

Jess Kolko, RD, LD After becoming a registered dietitian, Kolko joined Whole Foods as a healthy eating dietitian and culinary educator. She now works on the Global Prepared Foods team as the prepared foods senior research analyst. She is also a member of KIWI’s editorial advisory board.

Nicole Silber, RD, CSP A family nutritionist and director of pediatrics at Middleberg Nutrition in New York City, Silber is a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition who works with children and parents from infancy through adulthood to help them improve their health and feel their best.

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