With four little boys in my house things can go from calm to crazy very quickly when they get hungry. Although I do love cooking and baking for them, every mama needs a break sometimes! It’s nice to have some Real Food snacks that I can quickly give them when hunger strikes. Below are my current top 5 faves.
1. Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil. $1.99/bag (about 5, 2 cup servings).
I was so glad to discover this popcorn. To me it takes pretty close to movie theater popcorn (and much better than the plain, air-popped popcorn I used to make). My biggest boy, my husband Nick, devours it. Only three ingredients: organic popcorn, organic extra virgin olive oil, sea salt
2. Original Triscuits. $2.50/box (about 9 servings).
Before we started eating real food I think the last time I had a Triscuit was when my mother would serve them to her bridge club when I was little. I was so glad to re-discover these little treats! They’re perfectly sized and sturdy enough to top with all kinds of yummy things. And only 3 ingredients: whole grain, wheat, soybean oil, sea salt.
3. GrandyOats granola $19.50/3 lbs (about 25 servings) or buy smaller amounts at whole foods and other stores
If you’ve ever read the ingredients label on most granola you’ve noticed that it’s really hard to find one that’s made without sugar. Thank goodness for GrandyOats granola! They bake this delicious, crunchy, lightly sweetened snack using natural (like honey and maple syrup) and organic ingredients in their bakery in Maine. My kids love it as a cereal in the morning or to add a sweet crunch to yogurt. You can also make cookies with it! I love the taste and also that they’ll deliver it to my door when I order it through their website, www.granyoats.com.
4. Larabars. Prices vary, but about $1.25/bar
When we first started eating Real Food I discovered the amazing ingredient of dates. I had actually never even eaten one before, but now love how they make it possible to have naturally sweet snacks and desserts. Larabar uses these perfect little fruits to create their delicious bars. By combining them with just a few other ingredients (like fruit, nuts, coconut, etc.) they’ve come up with a variety of flavors. My kids think they’re getting a “special treat” when I give them one of these.
5. Kettle Brand Bakes Potato Chips (a little over $3 for a 4 serving bag)
Last on the list, but my first choice for a snack! I could not believe I was eating a baked chip when I bit into these. They taste just like traditional chips but are “toasted” instead of fried. Absolutely delicious and only 3 ingredients: potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt. I am so excited that potato chips can now be a part of our real food diet!
I’m always on the hunt at the store for more Real Food snacks. Please let me know if you find any more!