These foods may officially be for tots or tweens, but we know good guilt-free snacks when we taste 'em. So ignore all the stares and snickers -- and dig in, people!
Lean 'n Tween
Disney Balanced Nutrition Bars, Chocolate Peanut
PER SERVING (1 bar): 80 calories, 3g fat, 120mg sodium, 11g carbs, 4g fiber, 3g sugars, 5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
These bars may feature Hannah Montana on the box, but we think the bars themselves are the breakout stars here. Each delicious bar is packed with sweet, chewy peanut & chocolate flavor. And even though they're not enormous (they're for kids!), they're super-filling, thanks to 4 grams of fiber. They even have cute little pink sprinkles on them!!! Can you get more Hungry Girl than that?! These bars also come in Cinnamon Apple (with the gang from High School Musical on the box), and each of those has just 70 calories and 1.5g fat, plus 4g fiber (POINTS® value 1*). BTW, these bars may be easiest to spot on the East Coast, but we're told they should be hitting the rest of the country soon (very soon, we hope!).
Sipahh Milk Flavoring Straws
PER SERVING (1 straw): 10 - 15 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
Okay, we mentioned these a while back when we tried them at a food show. But we're happy to report that they've been popping up EVERYWHERE lately. These see-thru straws are filled with dozens of little flavor beads. Pop one into a cup of some version of light milk (our choice is Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze), and your milk will become infused with flavor while on its way to your mouth. Fun times! They come in Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Banana, and Strawberry. Click here to find a store near you that stocks 'em, or click here to snag some online!
Seapoint Farms SpongeBob SquarePants Organic Edamame, Soybeans in Pods
PER SERVING (one 2-oz. pouch): 38 calories, 1g fat, 11mg sodium, 3g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 1g sugars, 3g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Edamame for kids?! Why not! We love these cute little pouches of soybeans still in the pods. And with such impressive nutritionals, you could actually eat TWO pouches for a total POINTS® value of 1*. Seapoint Farms also makes Dora the Explorer shelled edamame, but we think that "The Wonder Veggie" (those are Seapoint's words, not ours!) is much more fun to eat straight out of the pod. Find these healthy snacks in the freezer aisle.
Tot Hot HOT!
Don't let the babies bogart all the good snacks... these preschool chews 'n sips ROCK!
Gerber Graduates Finger Foods, Fruit Puffs and Veggie Puffs
PER SERVING (60 - 80 pieces, about 1/2 cup): 25 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
If you crave crunchy, cerealish snack foods, visit the baby food aisle for these Puffs immediately. The sweet 'n airy things come in Apple Cinnamon, Peach, Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn, Cherry, Strawberry-Apple, and Banana. Pop 'em straight, stir some into yogurt, make trail mix with them... We've even added them to our cereal bowl (but they get mushy in milk fast, so chew quickly)!
Gerber Graduates for Toddlers, Mini Fruits and Mini Veggies
If you ask us, the whole freeze-drying trend is the best thing to happen to fruits and veggies in decades. You get to eat a huge amount of crispy, flavor-packed stuff for not a lot of calories. And while some of our fave freeze-dried foods are still a little hard to come by, nearly every grocery store we've ever shopped in has had these in stock! They come in Apple, Sweet Corn, Banana Strawberry, and Banana Pineapple. Not only does this stuff taste great and travel well (it hardly ever complains on long car rides!), but it's also super-healthy, since there's nothing at all added to it. So wheel your cart into the baby food aisle next time you're in search of a super snack to chew.
Minute Maid Fruit Falls
PER SERVING (1 pouch): 5 calories, 0g fat, 15mg sodium, 2g carbs, fiber n.a., <1g sugars, 0g protein -- POINTS® value 0*
We've never outgrown the urge to stab a pouch of sweet liquid with a plastic straw and slurp it down (it's fun!). And when we saw that these futuristic-looking silver packs have just 5 calories each, we were (and continue to be) all over 'em. Fruit Falls falls somewhere between flavored water and fruit juice, and it's delicious and refreshing. It comes in both Berry and Tropical, but the Tropical is WAY better.
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.