It’s a familiar scenario for many moms. At any given moment, you have snacks on hand for your little one, but have somehow forgotten that moms need to eat, too. Well, you can go the extra mile and pack yourself a responsible bag of treats, but there's another way to satisfy your hunger pains. Put together some extra helpings of kid snacks that adults love.
Sure, you can bring along a grown-up snack , like non-fat Greek yogurt. But you know those cartons of yogurt taste better when they’re teeny-tiny and have a cute character on the container. Plus, they're packed with just as many nutrients and flavor as the adult variety. There's really no downside.
There are plenty of kid-friendly snacks on the market that are pre-prepared, pre-packaged, and pre-tty perfect for adult snacking. Because you have enough to deal with during the day, without trying to remember a snack for yourself. So go easy on yourself, and grab one of these 15 kid-friendly snacks for yourself next time you're heading out the door. Oh, and don't forget to take some for your little ones. After all, they're the reason you have these treats in the first place.
1. Goldfish Crackers
Salty, cheesy, and tiny enough that you can justify eating 50,000 of them. There is nothing like a fresh bag (or supersized box) of Goldfish crackers. Some moms prefer pretzel goldfish paired with cubes of cheese, while others just go for original cheddar by the handful. Either way, you're sure to be satisfied by these delicious fishes.
2. Pirate Booty
Whether you’re indulging in Aged White Cheddar Pirate Booty or another Pirate brand like Smart Puffs or Tings, the key words here are cheese doodles. Gluten-free and baked, these faux cheese doodles even leave that trademark salty remnants on your fingers that you can lick off later.
3. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars
Heftier than a Fig Newton, these fig bars come in a variety of flavors, although a survey of my household says that blueberry is the best.
4. Stretch Island Fruit Strips
Fruit strips are reminiscent of Fruit Roll-Ups. Free from GMOs and made from real fruit, these are a great treat when you want a fruity fix.
5. SeaSnax Seaweed Snacks
If you’re pregnant and leery of sushi, you can safely get your fix with SeaSnax. Eating little squares of seaweed is kind of like enjoying sushi, only without the rice and slabs of raw protein.
6. Barnum's Animal Crackers
Animal crackers are basically just cookies, but they’re darn irresistible when they come in those little circus boxes. You can try to share a container with your little one, but you’re better off getting a box for each of you.
7. Nabisco Teddy Grahams
When it comes to kid snacks, Teddy Grahams are in a class all by themselves. Sweet and super filling, they are a healthier alternative to chocolate candies and way cuter than graham crackers.
8. Horizon Organic Cheese Sticks
Eating a hunk of cheese out of the fridge may not sound so appealing, but having it in stick form makes all the difference. Plus, there’s a health bonus: cheese sticks are high in protein. So go ahead and have two.
9. Annie's Classic Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese is technically a meal, not a snack, but it cannot be left off a list of delicious kid-food. Nowadays, moms eschew the old-school fluorescent orange kind for good old Annie’s. You can eat it as it, mixed with some spinach, or go for the gusto by adding chopped-up hot dogs.
10. Earth’s Best Fruit or Vegetable Purees
OK, you may not want to eat these on their own. But fruit purees are delicious when added to a smoothie, while the veggie ones make for a great dip if you’re noshing on pretzels or crackers.
11. Veggie Medley Straws
If you’re looking for something to dip into a veggie puree, try doing it with a veggie straw? These things are delicious, addictive, and basically in no way resemble actual vegetables.
12. Late July Organic Mini Peanut Butter Crackers
You can slap peanut butter on some crackers at home, but I promise you they will not taste as delectable as the Late July version.
13. Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Sticks
According to Trader Joe’s, these addictive little sticks as crunching like a chip and tasting like a churro. Do I really need to go into further detail?
14. Welch’s Fruit Snacks
I’m not sure how fruit snacks differ from gummy bears, other than that they’re shaped like fruit instead of an animal. But I also don't care. Filled with flavor and real fruit, these make a great mid-day treat
15. Stonyfield YoBaby and YoTot Yogurts
Strangely, these little containers of yogurt taste way better than the adult version. Sometime drudging through an entire carton of yogurt feels like a chore, but these cute little containers feel just right. It’s like doing a shot of yogurt.
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