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World Sight Day takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11, marking the perfect reminder to take a proactive role in your child’s vision health. Here are a few tips from Dr. Ryan Parker, O.D., director of professional education for Essilor of America about steps that can be taken to protect your child’s sight.

Schedule an Eye Exam

First, schedule an appointment for your child with an eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam. A school vision screening or brief examination by a pediatrician is a good start but not enough, as vision problems in children may be missed. Regular comprehensive eye exams are particularly important during childhood, when eyes are developing rapidly.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a first eye examination beginning at age 6 to 12 months old, at least once between age 3 to 5 and then at least annually between ages 6 to 18. By doing, this you’ll be able to help your kids see well today and ensure vision issues are caught early.

Check for Signs of Myopia

Myopia is one of the most prevalent vision issues, especially in children. Better known as nearsightedness, myopia is a condition of the eye where close up objects appear clear, but at a distance everything becomes blurry and out of focus. Over time, myopia can put the eyes at risk for serious vision-threatening conditions and is a real and growing problem. About 42 percent of Americans ages 12-54 are nearsighted, up from 25 percent just 40 years ago.

Many kids believe blurry vision is just normal. They’ve never known anything different. But if you can spot the signs of myopia, you can help. Keep an eye out for symptoms in your children, such as squinting to see distant objects, sitting too close to the TV, holding books close when reading or issues with eye strain or headaches. This video shows in more detail how myopia can affects a child’s life.

Use the “20-20-20” Rule for Screen Time

Many parents struggle with the popularity of smartphones and tablets. Today, children spend more time staring at screens than ever before. All that screen time can also lead to digital eye strain, resulting in tired eyes, headaches, itchy eyes, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light. There is also research that suggests too much screen time potentially put kids at risk of developing myopia.

It’s important to strike a better balance between screen time and outdoor time. Use the “20-20-20” rule: for every 20 minutes of time on an electronic device, have them take a 20 second break and focus their eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

Play Outside Regularly

Encourage kids to put down their devices and get outside! There are a number of health benefits associated with being outside, from increasing vitamin D levels, to reduced stress. Studies have also shown that kids who play outside may be at a reduced risk of developing vision issues like myopia.

Make Sure Kids Eat a Diet That’s Healthy on the Eyes

It’s important to eat right to keep your sight! Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients—such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc—to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases. Nutritious meals with fruits, vegetables, nuts and up to 12 ounces a week of fish can help make sure kids are getting these eye-healthy nutrients.

ABOUT THE WRITER Ryan Parker
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Dr. Parker grew up in Buhler Kansas and received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in 2000. He graduated from the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma in 2004. In 2018 he joined Essilor full time as the Director of Professional Education.

Heading back to school might look a little different this year, but one thing never changes—lunchtime! We’ve rounded up the coolest lunch boxes that parents and kids alike will love: they’re colorful, cute and (most importantly) easy to clean. Boys or girls, sporty or sparkly, or all of the above—there’s a lunch box out there for every type of kid. Keep reading to see them all.

Big Apple Buddies: Delancey Doggie

Meet Delancey. She’ll keep your kid’s food nice and cold, comes with a buckle that makes it easy to attach to a backpack if necessary, and her adorable fuzzy ears are comforting for a preschooler who might be heading to a classroom for the first time. This lunchbag is easy to clean and made with PVC- and BPA-free materials.

Available at amazon.com, $23.33.

Personalized Lunch Box

This zipper-sided lunch box will never get lost as it comes with your child’s name on the side.

Get yours on Etsy, $33.22.

Eco Reusable Lunch Tote

Older kids will especially like this eco-friendly option made using fully biodegradable material. It snaps closed so you bento boxes don’t fall out in transit.

Get yours on Etsy, $14.50.

Print Lunchbox by L.L.Bean

For older kids on the go all day, from school to lunch to after-school activities, you want a lunchbox that holds up yet won’t take up the whole backpack. Made of the same strong “packcloth” as its school packs and available in the same designs, these insulated, PVC- and PBA-free boxes have lunch covered—in brand new colors and prints, too.

Available at llbean.com, $19.95.

Skip Hop’s Zoo Collection

Not only is Skip Hop’s animal-themed gear adorable, but as a lunchbox, they’ve got the same quality you know and love from the brand. The roomy insulated interior keeps food and drinks cold, the mesh pocket will keep things organized, the easy-clean material is machine washable and there’s even a clip to attach to a backpack or diaper bag.

Choose a new friend at Amazon, $14.99.

Whiskware Insulated Lunch Cooler

We love the simple design of this lunch box and it’s slim fit is easy to pack in your child’s backpack. They are the perfect size for those long and flat bento boxes that everyone loves.

Get yours at Amazon, $15.99.

Avocado and Oranges Lunch Box

We love these soft lunchbox options that come in fun patterns like avocados, oranges and lemons. They are insulated to keep everything cool.

Get yours on Etsy, $10.79.

Freezable Lunchbox from PackIt

We know and love PackIt’s line of lunchboxes with their chill factor built right into the foldable, freezable bag. You’ll never forget the ice pack again—or take up room fitting it in along with everything else. Choose from cheerful prints like astronauts in space, rainbows and unicorns, and colorful superheroes.

Pick your favorite at amazon.com, $21.50.

Canvas Lunch Totes

You’ll love the cute patterns for this canvas lunch tote that comes in clouds, pineapples and cactus. A velcro top hold everything in.

Get yours on Etsy, $13.22.

photo: Courtesy of Lands’ End

Kids EZ Wipe Printed Lunch Box

The EZ wipe lunchbox from Land’s End has a widened grab handle, added best-in-class YKK zippers and sturdy mesh pockets for hefty ice packs. It’s made from the same materials as their durable backpacks and can be clipped right onto them as well for convenient carrying. You also won’t have to worry about anything spoiling before lunchtime, as this lunch box is insulated, leak-resistant, and guaranteed to keep ice-packed food cold for five hours. All Lands’ End products actually come with a happiness guarantee! Choose from 10 different print combos, and don’t forget, monogramming is also available for an additional $8.

Order one at landsend.com, $24.95.

photo: Courtesy of Eco Lunchbox

Lunchbag by Eco Lunchbox

From its cord handle to green-certified screen prints, this handmade lunchbag is organic, machine washable and environmentally friendly. With all the plastic already in our kids’ lives (and oceans), the intention of this eco lunchbox is not to use an ounce of it. Their coordinated Splash Box bento is made of stainless steel and silicone and also helps achieve a zero-waste lunch. Available in sweet seahorse, sea turtle, dolphin, and whale motifs.

Available at ecolunchboxes.com, $18.99.

Dabbawalla

From unicorns to owls, elephants and hearts, there are dozens of different Dabbawalla lunchbags your kiddo can choose from. Each one has an easy-zip closure, mesh pockets for drinks and snacks and a sturdy handle. Made from washable, degradable foam, the hardest part about choosing this bag will be which style!

Available at dabbawalla.com, $30.

Thermos Soft Lunch Kit

The leader in insulated lunchbox accessories means this bag from Thermos will keep your kiddos lunches nice and cool, or warm. The bag comes with a padded carrying handle, an amazing variety of patterns and is made with 100% PVC free material. It’s constructed with PEVA lining and closed-cell polyethylene foam insulation for the best lunch bag around. You can pick from over 20 styles, too!

Order one from Amazon, $9.98.

Art of Lunch Insulated Neoprene Lunch Bag

This 4 mm-thick neoprene lunch bag from Art of Lunch is fashionable and functional. Made from lead-free and PVC-free materials, this larger-than-average bag is also stain-resistant and machine washable. You’ll be treated to beautiful designs from artists all over the world, all while enjoying a nice chilly lunch. Choose from nine vibrant designs.

Grab one from Amazon, $24.95.

Wildkin Lunch Box

A zippered front pocket, as well as a main compartment, means there’s plenty of room for food, drink and utensils in this bag by Wildkin. It’s made from sturdy and durable fabric and comes with mesh pocket for ice packs. This is a super basic and functional style with lots of design variety.

Check them out on Amazon, $19.99.

Fit & Fresh Kids’ Riley Insulated Lunch Bag with Zipper

The wire frame in First & Fresh’s kids’ lunch bag makes this lunchtime accessory easy to use since it stays open. It’s made with a PEVA lined interior that’s PVC-free and is easy to clean. Oh, and it’s the perfect size for little kids too!

Available at Amazon, $24.25.

Bamboo Eco Friendly Lunch Box from Boon Supply

This sweet and small box is perfect for little kiddos. It’s made from bamboo and melamine, comes with a rubber band for a snug fit and fits up to four cups of food. The best part? When you buy from Boon Supply, the company will donate 40 percent of the proceeds to support a local organization of your choice.

Available at boonsupply.com, $15

photo: Christine McFaul

1954 by Blended Designs

When Casey Kelley went looking for a backpack for her son that reflected faces of color, she found little available. So she added her own designs to the back-to-school lineup—and an important voice, as each bag in their 1954 collection, an homage to Brown v Board of Education, proclaims: “I can do anything!” The empowering message and is key to Blended Designs’ goal to encourage students to do their best. We also love their commitment to partnering with local community organizations in order to give away their backpacks, lunchboxes and accessories to students in less-advantaged schools for free.

Available at blendeddesigns.com, $19.95

Mackenzie Lunchbags by Pottery Barn Kids

Lunchbags from Pottery Barn Kids are high-quality mainstays. The Mackenzie collection comes in one of five styles and a bona fide bevy of prints and patterns—with tons that are brand new, from glitter to Minecraft, solid prints to glow-in-the-dark solar systems and more. You can choose between the classic lunchbox or the cold box, which comes with an ice pack that also serves as a box divider.

Available at potterybarnkids.com, starting at $24.50 (get them for as low as $17 during their limited time offer!)

Sustainable Lunchbox from Out of the Woods

A lunchbox that’s washable but also made from paper? We’re all ears. This new range of lunchboxes from Out of the Woods looks sleek, almost if made out of leather, but in fact, is made from sustainable materials. Plus, the herringbone trim and anti-leak tight seams give it a modern look.

Find it at outofthewoods.com, starting at $15.

The Arcade from Parkland

Not only are the lunchbags from Parkland made from recycled water bottles, but they come in super fun patterns, many of which match their backpack collection. The insulated interior is easy to clean and the velcro closure is easy for kids who have a limited lunch period.

Available at parklandmfg.com, $19.99.

—Gabby Cullen with Jennifer Massoni Pardini

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication all items were available for purchase.

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If 2020 taught us anything, it was to have a stockpile of healthy snacks for kids ready at home when the hangries strike. Fuel up with these low- or no-sugar store-bought snacks for kids that will boost their brain power and give them the energy they need to play and learn. From brand-new snacks just released in 2021 to healthy snacks we always have in our pantry, read on for the best new store-bought snacks to stock up on now.

Good Crisp Cheese Balls

Yes, you can still have your tasty cheese balls and eat them too! The Good Crisp just turned your guilty pleasure into a healthy snack with no fillers, artificial flavors, gluten or GMO’s. On top of that, they’ve added Wellmune, which helps support your kiddos immune system.

You can purchase at thegoodcrispcompany.com, Sprouts and more retailers soon.

GoGo squeeZ AlmondBlend Pudding

Make packing that sweet snack a breeze with GoGos squeeZ brand new AlmondBlend Pudding! The plant-based pouch offers 5 grams of protein and 30% less sugar as compared to traditional dairy pudding so no guilt required.

You can buy the new pouches at gogosqueez.com and Target.

Hungry Buddha Lemon Blueberry Bars

These Lemon Blueberry Bars from Hungry Buddha are the perfect combo of zesty lemon with the sweetness of juicy berries all in one delicious, vegan, plant-powered and allergy-friendly snack bar. These gluten free, Non-GMO bars are packed with 10g of protein and only 2g of sugar, and are made without the use of palm oil, sugar alcohols, dairy or soy. Pick these up at your local Sprouts Market for $2.49.

Catalina Crunch

Catalina Crunch, the makers of delicious keto-friendly cereals and cookies, just released a brand new Crunch Mix that features protein, fiber and specially curated natural ingredients in four delectable flavors: Traditional, Cheddar, Creamy Ranch and Spicy Kick. Each variety is made with the same delicious taste and crunch of your favorite party mixes and features a delicious mix of Catalina Crunch cereal, vibrant seasonings, nuts, chickpea pretzels and (depending on the flavor) cheese crisps. We love to keep these in the car for impromptu park days and hiking trips.

Perfect Bar Snack Size

Perfect Bar to the rescue! The new snack size is perfect for kiddos and now comes in Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter. Made with organic peanut butter and organic honey, 20+ organic superfoods and six grams of whole food protein, these petite bars make the ideal lunch or after-school snack.

Get them in the refrigerated sections of Target, Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway and retailers nationwide for $6.99 for an eight count box.

Undercover Snacks

Healthy ingredients… in disguise! Developed by a mom whose two daughters were diagnosed with celiac disease, all Undercover Snacks are made with carefully sourced all-natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, simple ingredients and Rain Forest Alliance Certified chocolate.

Undercover Snacks are made with crispy quinoa, which is naturally gluten-free, packed with protein, fiber and nutrients, and has an incredible crunchy texture. They are made in a dedicated facility that is free of the top ten food allergens. For lunchboxes, tuck one of their single-serve packs in as a treat!

Get them here.

Without a Trace Foods

Looking for healthy, allergy-friendly snacks to pack in your kid’s backpack or lunchbox that are free from the top 8 allergens? Look no further! Developed by a mom whose children have severe food allergies, Without a Trace offers a mouthwatering variety of plant-based, gluten-free Chewy Granola Bars, Power Bites and Cookies. They are perfect for tucking in lunchboxes or as a grab-n-go snack for everyone in the family.

Get them here.

Thinful Guiltless Snack Mix

A sweet, popcorn-based treat without all the extra added sugar? Yes please! Just a 1/2 cup clocks in at 60 calories and 2 grams of sugar thanks to their all-natural sweeteners. Now you can feel good about treating the kids without any of the guilt.

Get them here.

Dick and Jane Educational Snacks

Make snack time fun and educational! Dick and Jane’s educational snacks are all-natural, non-GMO and 100% nut-free. Each pack is made with crackers imprinted with learning opportunities like spelling, abbreviations and more. Varieties currently include States & Capitals, Presidents, English & Spanish, Food & Nutrition, Fun & Fitness and Farmers Market.

Get them here, $25 for 30 variety pack

Belgian Boys

Belgian Boys make delicious non-GMO European sweets and you’re going to want to stock up on them for your next road trip. Kids will especially love the speculoos cookies that come in the too-cute mustache shape and the Belgian chocolate cookie bars (hide these, you’ll want them for yourself). Try their frozen breakfast items like waffles and bite-sized pancakes for on-the-go munching.

Find them here or at a store near you.

Brave Good Kind Tender Chicken Bars

Up your protein game this year with these in your backpack. Perfect for a day at the beach or a hiking adventure, these jerky bars are the savory treat your crew needs. Hot Honey is our favorite with its sweet kick. Tender Chicken Bars also come in teriyaki and original flavors.

Get them here.

Pure Batch

Plant-based eaters, listen up! Pure Batch has grab-and-go cookie batches that include four types of truffles, a protein brownie and refrigerated-to-eat cookies. You’ll love knowing that you are feeding your body with something nutritious while also enjoying a sweet treat.

Get them here.

2Betties

2Betties creates dairy-free, nutrient-dense mini donuts with no refined sugars. We love them for a hiking treat to motivate the kids to keep going! They are currently offered in six delicious flavors: Chocolate Chunk, Maple Cinnamon, Sweet Almond, Mocha Chip, Vanilla Bean, and Pumpkin Spice. Hide the wrapper and your guests will think you’re an expert donut maker.

Get them here or find them in a store near you, $2.99.

DINO BARS

Developed by parents, DINO BARS are the healthy, travel-friendly bar that your kids will love eating. They are wrapped in edible paper and available in three fun flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, and Mango. Parents will love that they are non-GMO, USDA certified organic and free from nuts, gluten, soy, and dairy.

Get them here, 10-pack for $21.90.

Horizon Organic’s Yogurt Pouches and Cultured Dairy Smoothies

Horizon Organic’s newest offerings from their Growing Years line include a yummy dairy smoothie and yogurt pouches. The dairy smoothie comes in a small container that’s perfect for school lunches or a quick snack. We also love that these new snacks were developed with the help of a pediatrician, so you’ll know your kids are getting great nutrition.

Available at Target, $4.99 for a 4-pack & up.

RIND Skin-On Dried Fruit

Sink your teeth into RIND’s new Skin-In Dried Fruit snacks! The chewy, tasty snacks have no added sugar and 4-6g of fiber per serving. Because the skin is still on, kiddos will get more vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber than other dried fruit brands. Not only that, they are non-GMO project verified, Kosher certified, allergen-friendly and gluten-free. We love all the flavors that include Tropical Blend, Straw-Peary, Orchard, Tangy Kiwi, Coco-Melon and Coconut Crisps.

Get them here.

Seapoint Farms Mighty Lil’ Lentils

Enjoying lentils never tasted so good! Perfect to enjoy by the handful or tossed on a salad, these salty snacks pack plant-based protein, are gluten-free and have vegan options. Choose from Pink Himalayan Salt, Barbeque, Falafel and Cinnamon Sugar.

Get them here.

Quinn

Quinn is known for making crazy delicious and totally craveable pretzels and microwave popcorn using only 100% REAL, simple ingredients and kicking artificial ingredients and unpronounceables to the curb. We love the maple almond butter filled pretzels for family hikes and the whole grain sea salt pretzel sticks for school lunches.

Get them here

Supernola

For on-the-go snacking that you can count on to be free of junk, look to Supernola. These superfood clusters come in Triple Berry Vanilla, Dragon Fruit Lemon Zest, Honey Sweet Goji, Banana Nut Crunch, and Dark Chocolate Nut Crunch. Supernola fits many specialty diets including Paleo, Keto (4 flavors), Vegan (4 flavors), and is naturally dairy, gluten, grain, peanut and refined sugar-free.

Get them here

Tia Lupita Tortilla Chips

Chips made out of cactus? Just say YES to Tia Lupita! These grain-free chips come in flavors like sea salt (our favorite), salsa verde, hot sauce, and chipotle, you’ll definitely find one that you love.

Get them here

Clio Less Sugar Yogurt Bars

The world’s first Greek yogurt bar wrapped in chocolate has two new flavors! Delicious enough to pass for dessert, the Coconut and Berry Açaí treats are just 100 calories, contain one gram of sugar and pack eight grams of protein.

The two newest flavors are available exclusively at Whole Foods and you can find the others by visiting cliosnacks.com.

Raisels Pick-Your-Mix

Raisels, the creators of the fun-flavored Golden Raisins, has just launched the perfect way to get the flavors you want sent right to your door. The new Pick-Your-Mix option will allow you to mix-and-match delicious Raisel packs to create a perfect, custom Raisels box. Choose from among 7 options to bring the sweet, sour and slightly-spicy Raisel flavors to you. We love these as an alternative for kids who love sour candies—they won’t know they’re really eating fruit!

Bobo’s Almond Brownie Oat Bars and Bites

Bobo’s is back with new whole grain snacks! Get ready to let kiddos sink their teeth into gluten-free whole grain oats, cocoa, chocolate chips and chocolate almond butter in the new almond brownie oat bars and bites. Not only that, choose from brand new strawberry and apple stuff’d oat bites for a fruity snack that keeps you full.

Available at eatbobos.com.

Solely Organic Whole Fruit Gummies

Solely’s new Organic Whole Fruit Gummies contain only two or three ingredients, real whole fruit and a little Vitamin C. Every pouch offers 0.7 ounces of fruit, is only 60-70 calories and has no added sugar, preservatives, gelatins, colors, or gums. They’re also USDA organic, Kosher, and Non-GMO verified. Choose from Organic Mango and Organic Mango & Orange flavors!

Available exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

Butterfly Nut Butter

Give their lunches a colorful boost with Butterfly’s brand-new nut butter that comes in two unique colors and flavors: Blue Dream and Pink Panther. Each is a unique mix of walnut, cashews, macadamia and MCT oil. The color comes from pitaya (dragon fruit) and blue spirulina. Both new flavors are organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.

Available at butterflysuperfoods.com

Serenity Kids Grain-Free Puffs

If your babe is a puff fanatic turn to the brand-new grain-free puffs from Serenity Kids. With zero grams of sugar and no fillers like rice and grains, Serenity Kids leads with cassava root and real veggies. Choose from flavors like Carrot & Beet with Olive Oil, Broccoli & Spinach with Bone Broth and Tomato & Mushroom with Bone Broth. The entire line is non-GMO and USDA Organic certified.

Available at myserenitykids.com

Urban Remedy Plant-Based Protein Bars

This uber-fresh plant-based food company gets a 10,000/1000 rating from our editors, which basically means these protein bars are beyond tasty! Handcraft and plant-based, Urban Remedy’s bars are low in sugar, high in protein and rich in healthy fats. Currently, they are available in Cacao, Matcha and Superfood Chaga flavors.

Available at urbanremedy.com and amazon.com

Catalina Crunch Keto Sandwich Cookies

Ditch your traditional sandwich cookies that are loaded with sugar for these low-carb treats that taste delicious! Packed with 4g plant protein, 2g sugar and only 5g net carbs. 100% plant-based, nothing artificial, great macros and now available in four flavors: Chocolate Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Crème and Peanut Butter.

Available here.

Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream

These delicious mochi ice cream bites are available in individually-wrapped packaging and are gluten free and non-GMO. Made with all-natural ingredients, they are a tasty, no-mess, perfectly portioned treat everyone will enjoy. The new single serve mochi are available in varieties including Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Strawberry, and (non-vegan) Green Tea, Triple Chocolate, Cookie Dough Bites and more at the self-serve freezers in Whole Foods and other grocery stores nationwide!

CLIF Kid Zbars: Cinnamon Roll

Our tots adore Zbars (and we do, too), which is why we’re eager to let you know about CLIF Kid’s brand new flavor: cinnamon roll. It’s packed with whole grain oats and swirls of cinnamon, and it tastes just like your fave doughy cinnamon rolls (but without the gooey, sticky mess).

Available at shop.clifbar.com

Nature’s Bakery Baked-Ins

Our kids can’t get enough of Nature’s Bakery fig bars, which means this brand has set the bar high for kids (and adult) snacks. Good news: Nature Bakery’s brand-new soft-baked bars are just as delicious as their beloved fig bars. The new snack comes in two flavors: Chocolate Oat and Banana Chocolate Chip. Both flavors feature organic whole grains, fruits and veggies with 9 grams of whole grains, fruits, veggies and chocolate chips. They’re free of high fructose corn syrup and are nut-, dairy- and soy-free. Our toddler loved the bar and we thought that it was soft enough to give to our 11 month old who devoured it as well.

Available at target.com

HighKey Snacks

This keto-friendly snack brand strives to make OG-tasting products in a healthier way. Each product is gluten-free, grain-free, made with clean ingredients and has no added sugar. Shop seven delicious products for 2021 that include Caramel Clusters, Salted Caramel Mini Cookies and Vanilla Shortbread Mini Cookies.

Available on Amazon and HighKey.

GOOD GOOD Krunchy Keto Bars

A great on-the-go snack, GOOD GOOD’s Krunchy Keto Bars taste like a dessert. Packed with nutrients, each bar is loaded with eight to 13 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and has no added sugar. Choose from Raspberry Cheesecake and Caramel Friendly flavors in this snack that is great for parents and kiddos!

Available at Amazon.

ICONIC Kids Protein Shakes

We all know how hard it is to get kids to eat healthy—the constant battle over sugar and veggies never ends. That’s why ICONIC® Kids was created. It’s a delicious kid’s drink with 0g of added sugar, a full serving of daily organic vegetables, Vitamin D3, and a taste that will trick kids into thinking it’s dessert. Try the sample pack and you’ll get two of each of these flavors: Fruity Fiesta (tastes like the milk leftover from a bowl of Fruit Loops), Chocolate Carnival (as decadent as a sliver of rich dark chocolate cake) and Vanilla Vacay (tastes JUST like a vanilla milkshake).

Buy them here.

Without a Trace Power Bites

Gluten-free and plant based, Without a Trace’s Power Bites are tasty as can be. The allergen-friendly bites are made with real ingredients and are free from chemicals, fillers, are non-GMO and the Big 8, plus sesame. Enjoy these fork-free morsels in Red Raspberry and Cinna-Monster.

Available at withoutracefoods.com.

Snacking Avocado from Earnest Eats

Snacking Avocado is a uniquely light and crispy clean-ingredient snack made with slices of real Hass avocados that are freeze-dried and simply seasoned with sea salt and spices. Available in three savory flavors, including Sea Salt, Sea Salt Lime and Roasted Chipotle, the nutritious new line is vegan, keto, gluten-free, Non-GMO, high-fiber and sugar free.

Available on Amazon.

Dark Chocolate Mint from Kate’s Real Food

Addicted to Thin Mints but looking for a better-for-you option? Check this out! Kate’s Real Food just launched their newest all-natural energy bar flavor, Dark Chocolate Mint, and you’re going to love it. Like all Kate’s Real Food products, the Mint Bar is loaded with tasty USDA-certified organic ingredients, including cool peppermint extract, smooth dark chocolate, natural cacao powder, creamy peanut butter and certified gluten-free oats. It also includes organic, dried bits of cacao beans, adding texture to the bar with chocolate in a pure, unaltered form.

Available on Amazon.

The Soulfull Project Granola

For a breakfast or on-the-go snack you can feel good about, we love The Soulfull Project’s new granola. Made with steel-cut oats, brown rice crisps and puffed quinoa, your kids will love the "no junk" flavors of maple pecan, toasted coconut and dark chocolate cherry. You’ll feel good knowing that for every serving of a Soulfull Project item that is purchased, one is donated to a food bank in that same region.

Bubba’s Fine Foods Sweet & Savory Nut Mixes

These brand-new nut mixes from Bubba’s Fine foods come in six different flavors, three savory, and three sweet. Each one is filled with real food ingredients, and pack a whopping seven grams of protein. The 1.2oz serving size makes this an easy snack for busy parents and kids alike. And, if you’re trying to eat a more keto-focused diet, these nut mixes also only have three grams of net carbs per serving, too!

Clio Less Sugar Yogurt Bar

Clio has launched a new less-sugar Greek yogurt bar in two flavors, peach and mixed berry. With only one gram of sugar and eight grams of protein, this is a sweet treat you can feel good about sharing with the kids.

Available at Clio and Walmart stores nationwide.

KIND EQUALITY Bar

You know and love KIND bars for their low-sugar combo of nuts, dark chocolate, salt and much more. Now, they’ve just launched their second-edition EQUALITY bar. While the bar itself is the favorite Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Nut, but the new wrapper is custom designed by a Black female artist, and it represents a world that’s beautifully diverse, inclusive and equitable.

Available at KIND Snacks.

Greater Than Performance Drinks

Ditch the sugary sports drink and hydrate with Greater Than instead. With new flavors that include Strawberry Lemonade and Peach Clementine, this electrolyte drink is non-GMO, gluten and dairy free, 100 percent vegan, organic and paleo friendly. It’s perfect for busy kids and parents on the go!

Available at drinkgt.com

—Editorial Team

All images courtesy of retailers.

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.

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