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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. Here, 15 better-for-you fruit snacks.

1. Apple Strawberry Pouch from Santa Cruz Organic

Parents love the convenient pouch and kids love the sweet flavors in this no-added- sugar snack. “I really like the taste of the fruits together,” said one of our testers, Adeline, age 10 ($5 per box, Whole Foods).

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2. Big Slice Pure Kettle Cooked Apples from Grandma Hoerner’s

These apples taste like the inside of a pie but without added sugar. They’re also fat-free and naturally gluten-free ($3 each, grandmahoerners.com).

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3. Fruit & Chia Smoothie Snack from Smooch Snacks

Chia seeds add extra
nutrition to these puree pouches, which are made from real fruit instead of concentrate ($2 each, abesmarket.com).

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4. Fruit & Veggie Shredz from Plum Kids

This fruit snack comes
in three tasty flavors:
 Rooty Blues, Super
Apple, and Berry’licious.
“I love how you can smell the fruit when you open it,” said kid-tester Kelly, age 14 ($1 each, natural food stores).

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5. Fruit Strips from Simply Balanced

This Target-owned
 brand offers an
impressive array of
organic foods at
 affordable prices, including this all-natural fruit leather ($3 per box, Target).

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6. Goat Milk Yogurt & Fruit Pouches from Kabrita

This yogurt, made with
goat milk for easier
 digestion, was popular with mom-testers from our Moms Meet group. “My son loves these!” reported Mom Ambassador Leslie Pelfrey Niday ($14 for 6, Kabritausa.com).

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7. Mountain Berry Spinach Fruit Leather from Veggie-Go’s

This fruit strip is
 chock-full of good
stuff—there’s a half serving of fruit and a half serving of veggies in every one ($1 each, grocery stores).

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8. Organic Dried Fruit Fusion Packs from Made in Nature

Individual servings of 
dried fruit make this a
 great snack for stashing
 in a purse or lunch box ($7 per box, madeinnature.com).

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9. Original Mango Chips from Yogavive

These crunchy chips 
have no added sugar 
and only 35 calories per serving ($27 for 6 bags, yogavive.com).

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10. Organic Medley Apple Chips from Bare Snacks

“I like these better 
than other apple chips
 I’ve had—they’re super-crunchy!” Adeline said about these baked snacks ($3 per bag, Whole Foods).

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11. Organic Orchard Strawberry Fruit Bites from Annie’s

This fruit strip is
 chock-full of good
stuff—there’s a half serving of fruit and a half serving of veggies in every one ($1 each, grocery stores).

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12. Organic Unsweetened Applesauce Cups from Wild Oats

This Walmart store brand is helping to bring organic food to the masses. We like this applesauce because it’s free of added sugars ($2 for 6, Walmart).

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13. Organic ZFruit and Veggie Ropes from Clif Kid

These fruit twists have no
added sugars but look and
taste more like a conventional
fruit roll-up than many other natural options ($5 per box, Target).

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14. Super Star Organic Fruit & Nut Mix from GoPicnic

Known for its 
healthy meal solutions, GoPicnic now also sells individual snacks. We love this perfectly portioned trail mix ($1 each, gopicnic.com).

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15. Thompson Seedless Raisin Snack Packs from Earthbound Farm Organic

These USDA-certified organic raisins come in lunch box-perfect snack packs ($3 for 6 boxes, grocery stores).

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Click on a link below to see what other healthy snacks made our list.

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