In late December, I received my first Great Kids Healthy Snacks subscription box, and upon opening, was extremely impressed by the variety of edibles. I love having options, and this box does not disappoint. I must admit, I did not purchase Great Kids Healthy Snacks for a child, but did so for myself because I am constantly on the lookout for healthy snacks. And with the exception of just a few items, like the Dr. Pops all-natural Zinc + Vitamin C fruit-flavored lollipops (which I ate too), the majority of the box is filled with snacks that both kids and adults will enjoy.
One thing that I’ve been asked when people see the above photo: ‘is everything shown here ‘gluten free,’ and my answer is ‘yes!’ Whether you gravitate towards these types of snacks to satisfy dietary or medical restrictions or to simply snack healthy, this box is a winner!
Snack Brands I Was Introduced to in the Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box
The December Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box introduced me to a range of snack brands that I was unfamiliar with: Matt’s Munchies, Hippeas, Modern Oats, Chosen Foods, Halfpops, This Kid Saves Lives, SolSimple, B-Jammin, Bumble Bar, OneBar, and mysupersnack.
My Top-Five Favorite Snacks in the December Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box
1. Peeled Snacks Paradise Found
Highlights: Non-GMO Verified; Organic; No Sugar Added
I love dried mango from Peeled Snacks, and have purchased a 12-pack from Amazon.com before. I didn’t know this company has a tropical fruit mix, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a nicely-sized 3.5-ounce pouch that contains dried organic pineapple and mango (and banana, which I’m not too fond of but thankfully, there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of it). I also appreciate that there is no sugar added because I can’t tell you how extremely annoying it is when companies add sweeteners to dried fruit…I feel it’s completely unnecessary. This bag contained a generous amount of dried mango, and smelled intoxicating when I opened the pouch.
2. Oloves (Basil & Garlic)
Highlights: Vegan; Lunchbox-Friendly; Low-Calorie
The 1.1-ounce packet of natural green pitted olives contains two servings, where the entire packet adds up to 50 calories. There are no pits, although there is a warning that there is the possibility of stones/pits being present (but not on purpose). Once opened, refrigerate if you don’t inhale all the olives at once, and consume within 48 hours. I’ve tried plain Oloves before at a nature food fair, but not this particular flavor, which has a slightly tangy taste.
3. SolSimple Organic Sun Mix
Highlights: Unsweetened; Certified Organic; Fair-Trade
I’ve never had ‘solar dried’ fruit before, and this blend of dried banana, mango, pineapple and dragon fruit is unique. Nothing is added to the dried fruit, and once again, I appreciate that in a product. Visually, I can’t eat dried banana, and wish there was less of it in the pouch, but it was nice to try out dried dragonfruit for the first time, which has a berry-like taste. Also, if you purchase SolSimple Sun Mix, you are supporting a company that embraces sustainable farming practices.
4. Chosen Foods Bites with Chia! – Vanilla
Highlights: Non-GMO Verified; High Fiber; Protein-Filled
I think the small, pop-in-your-mouth Chosen Foods vanilla chia bites make an ideal healthy movie theater snack. The bite-size squares explode in your mouth with a wave of nuttiness and crunch. The chia bites offers just a touch of vanilla sweetness, which I find refreshing in a snack like this.
5. OneBar – Cherry
Highlights: Vegan; Soy-Free; No Added Sugar; Fair Trade Friendly
I unfortunately don’t have a photo for this snack because I put it in my purse one day, and ate it in the car for a quick pick-me-up, but I’ve added a photo from the company website. Each OneBar contains one ‘pure’ serving of fruit (as well as chicory root, pear, and fruit of the Baobab tree) and it did not disappoint. I loved it, and it was filling.
Honorable Oddball Mention: Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs – Maple Haze
Highlights: Organic; Non-GMO; Vegan
I’m an overall fan of chickpea-made food and snacks, but I’m not sure everyone will enjoy these puffs like I did. There is this odd marriage between a slight sweetness (best described as maple-like) and smokiness (natural smoke flavor) that works for me. The texture is satisfyingly crunchy, and you get 3 grams of fiber in a 1-ounce serving.
A Gluten-Free Brand I Will Probably Purchase Soon
One of the reasons I enjoy healthy snack subscriptions, like Great Kids Healthy Snacks Box, is because I learn about brands I’d like to incorporate into my diet on a more consistent basis without wasting money just to ‘test’ something out that I might not like.
This time around, I’ve decided to keep an eye out for Matt’s Munchies in the grocery store, and if I can’t locate it, there is always Amazon, which sells a variety pack of flavors. I’m a huge fan of fruit strips, fruit leather and dried fruit snacks, and this brand has a lot of flavors.
Just some of the flavors to consider: Mango Apricot, Tropical Punch, Island Mango, Banana Coconut, Mango Ginger, Mango Acai, Grape, Banana, and Mango. Matt’s Munchies is a premium organic fruit snack that peels away from its packaging, similar to a fruit roll-up.
What snack would you want to try?
Disclosure: I received a discount to purchase a subscription box, in exchange for sharing my opinions, which are 100% my own!