• Top 5 Snacks from the 2014 Snack Attack Showcase

    New healthy and tasty snacks the whole family will love!

    By Tiffany Lu

    Marinara Pasta Chips

    Over 20 different brands showed off their new snacks at the recent 2014 Snack Attack Editor Showcase. There was a little of everything, from drinks to chips to pre-packed lunches. After sampling a little of each, we rounded up our top five favorites that kids will love for the taste, but parents will love for the nutrition! Check out these healthy and innovative snacks below.

    Pasta Chips
    Made from semolina flour, Italian herbs, spices, and cheeses, this snack is basically pasta baked into chips! They have about 60 percent less fat than regular potato chips, but plenty of classic Italian taste. Pasta Chips come in Alfredo, Garlic Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Marinara, and Spicy Tomato Herb. Your kids can bring a bag to school, or you can even use them in recipes available online. While not yet widely available, you can place an order on their website. pastachips.com

    HALF TIME Ham and Cheese

    Applegate HALF TIME
    Sometimes it’s hard for busy parents to find the time to pack lunch for the kids. But before you reach for Lunchables, try this new healthy alternative from Applegate. HALF TIME is a pre-packed lunch (or snack) that comes in three varieties: Bologna and Cheese, Ham and Cheese, and Turkey and Cheese. Their antibiotic-free meat and hormone-free cheese are served on crackers, and come with Stonyfield organic yogurt and snacks. applegate.com

    Boulder Canyon Arise Cereal
    A welcome change from all the sugary cereals kids are eating these days, Boulder Canyon’s Arise Cereal has only 5-7 grams of sugar and 130 calories per serving. They come filled with either real Greek Yogurt or Dark Chocolate, making it not only healthy but a sweet treat too! Gluten-free and a good source of fiber and whole grains, this cereal is a great way for the whole family to start the day off right, or snack guilt-free. bouldercanyonfoods.com

    NAPSI-certified Maple Water
    This one may not be a snack per se, but if your child doesn’t like drinking plain water, this drink may be the one for them. NAPSI-certified Maple Water is 100% pure maple water, made from fresh sap. Low in sugar but with a faint, sweet taste, Maple Water is a great way to stay hydrated, with all the nutritional benefits of drinking maple sap straight from the tree! The NAPSI certification guarantees that this maple water is Natural, Authentic, Pure, Sterile, and Undiluted. napsi.ca

    Seaweed Chips

    Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips
    Seaweed Chips may sound like a strange snack, but you and your kids are sure to love them. Made entirely from seaweed and other natural ingredients, these baked chips are as healthy as they are tasty. Seaweed is a super food, so these chips are packed with vitamins and minerals! They come in four flavors: Chili Lime, Sea Salt, Korean BBQ, and Hot & Spicy. The flavors Sweet Onion and Texas BBQ are coming soon, so be on the look out! oceanshalo.com

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