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Kids Snack Face-Off: 5 Unhealthy Treats and 5 Wholesome Challengers

We all want to eat more healthfully, and grabbing healthy snacks at the store has never been easier. But, according to The Daily Meal, many kids’ snacks are not as healthy or wholesome as they might seem. For instance, did you know that the childhood fave goldfish crackers have MSG? Or that Go-gurt has as much sugar per ounce as soda? Head below the jump for a round-up of not-so-healthy snacks, and healthier swaps.

 

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  • Avoid: Yoplait Go-Gurt 1 of 10
    Avoid: Yoplait Go-Gurt
    Does something with more sugar per ounce than Coca Cola sound healthy to you? I didn't think so.
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  • Try Instead: Stonyfield Farms Yo-Kids Strawberry & Banana Strawberry 2 of 10
    Try Instead: Stonyfield Farms Yo-Kids Strawberry & Banana Strawberry
    A 4 oz. serving has only 14 grams of sugar, and provides 4 grams of protein and 15% DV of calcium.
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  • Avoid: Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese 3 of 10
    Avoid: Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese
    Cheese is a great on-the-go snack, but read your labels first. This type of string cheese is packed with additives and added sodium -- as much as 10% of the recommended daily allowance for a 9 year old.
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  • Try Instead: Les Petites Fermieres Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese Sticks 4 of 10
    Try Instead: Les Petites Fermieres Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese Sticks
    These cheese sticks have 7 grams of protein and 20% DV of calcium, without a lot of additives or salt.
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  • Avoid: Minute Maid 100% Fruit Juice 5 of 10
    Avoid: Minute Maid 100% Fruit Juice
    Minute Maid's popular "Coolers" line packs a whopping 25 grams of sugar into one serving! Add the fact that there's little in the way of vitamins, and you have a less-than-healthy drink.
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  • Try Instead: Poland Spring Flavored Sparkling Water 6 of 10
    Try Instead: Poland Spring Flavored Sparkling Water
    Sparkling water is a great option when you need something a bit more special than plain water. For special occasions, try these little bottles of Poland Spring.
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  • Del Monte Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups 7 of 10
    Del Monte Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups
    One 4 oz. fruit cup comprises 38% of a serving of fruit. And, with added dyes and sugar, these fruit cups don't have much going for them.
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  • Try Instead: Earth’s Best Organic Apple Sauce Cups 8 of 10
    Try Instead: Earth's Best Organic Apple Sauce Cups
    These 4 oz. cups have no added sugar and lots of vitamin C, so you can feel good about this naturally sweet snack.
    Image Credit: Earth's Best
  • Avoid: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers 9 of 10
    Avoid: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers
    Goldfish are a mainstay of kids snacking, but did you know they contain autolyzed yeast extract, aka MSG? And, with just 1 gram of fiber, they're filled with empty calories.
    Head over to The Daily Meal for the full story
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  • Try Instead: Health Valley Low-Fat Whole Wheat Crackers 10 of 10
    Try Instead: Health Valley Low-Fat Whole Wheat Crackers
    These low-fat crackers have whole grains, a bit of fiber, and are easy on the calories. While they're not exactly healthy, they are a great choice for the occasional snack.
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For more from The Daily Meal, check out 9 Incredible Food Sculptures11 Things That Make Your Waiter Mad, and 10 Tips for Becoming a Locavore.

For more on kids’ food “health-washing” check out the 10 Most Unhealthy “Health” Foods for Kids.

 

 

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