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Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

September 1, 2016

New convenient and nutrient-rich product launches fuel the school day.

Snacking for Success

As the new school year approaches parents are looking for healthy, grab-and-go products to boost the nutritional content of their kid’s lunchboxes. Here’s a round up of several new products that could conveniently nourish growing bodies and minds.

Sprout Organic SMASH

Sprout Foods, Inc., Montvale, NJ, the manufacturer of the first organic baby food in a pouch, has introduced Sprout Organic SMASH, a pureed squeezable pouch snack for kids. As part of Sprout's commitment to nutrition for the entire family, SMASH provides wholesome nutritional benefits for kids 6-12 while leveraging the same convenient twist-off and re-sealable pouches.

"Millennial moms are seeking healthy, organic snacking options for their children, and are currently limited in their wholesome, organic options," said Rick Klauser, Sprout CEO. "SMASH is reinventing the category. Most squeezable snacks are apple-based and many contain sugars, concentrates, fillers, and artificial ingredients. SMASH is organic, made with non-GMO ingredients and includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”

Sprout Organic SMASH is available in two blends that offer broad flavor variety and nutritional benefits. The Fruit & Super Grain variety is available in Amazin' Apple Raisin and Tropical Twist flavors. They are made with whole fruits and grains like oats, quinoa and buckwheat. Each pouch provides 3 grams of fiber per serving for a hearty and filling snack.

The Fruit & Veggie varieties include Berry Blast and Very Banana Berry flavors, providing whole fruits and vegetables. The products are a “good source” of vitamins A and C.

"We know that it's not always easy getting kids to eat their vegetables," said Sunita Adams, Sprout vice president of marketing. "Our fruit and vegetable varieties contain 25% whole vegetables per pouch. Kids love the naturally sweet fruit flavors and Moms feel good knowing that their kids are eating a healthy snack made from real, honest, and pure ingredients. SMASH is perfect in the lunchbox or backpack of kids who are on-the-go.”

Organic Superseed Crunch

Absolutely Gluten-Free, Bayonne, NJ, has launched Organic Superseed Crunch.

According to the company’s vice president, Charles Herzog, “We have developed an innovative and proprietary new manufacturing process to create a uniquely healthy, gourmet snack that tastes so delicious, it’s addictive. More importantly, it provides a powerful nutrition boost from organic, whole superseeds including flax, chia and sesame. These nutrition dense superfoods provide 2,000 mg of omega-3 ALA per serving, gut friendly prebiotic fiber, and powerful antioxidants and lignans from the superseeds in a convenient snack. And, these nutrients flex some muscle—they are associated with everything from healthy brain, gut and heart, to supple skin.”

Absolutely Gluten-Free Organic Superseed Crunch is available in three varieties: Original, Toasted Coconut and Cinnamon. Each variety is made with organic seeds—whole sesame, whole golden flax, and whole chia—and provides an “excellent source” of essential fatty acids and important minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. It is the sixth new product among the company’s Absolutely Gluten-Free line.

Organic Superfood Bars

Amazing Grass, Newport Beach, CA, has unveiled two new Organic Superfood Bars: Organic Green Superfood Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Organic Protein Superfood Chocolate Almond Butter. Amazing Grass’ new launch includes a clean new look for its entire portfolio of Organic Superfood Bars. Now split into three categories the line features: Organic Green Superfood Whole Food Nutrition Bars; Organic Green Superfood Whole Fruit, Nut and Seed Bars; and Organic Protein Superfood Plant-Based Protein Bars.

“Our new Organic Superfood Bars combine the convenience of an easy, on-the-go snack with the nutrient-dense power of seven alkalizing greens, protein and fiber in one delicious little package,” said Todd Habermehl, co-founder of Amazing Grass. “We know our fans will love our new chocolate options, and our inviting new look will bring newcomers to the category. Designed with the busy consumer in mind, our new Organic Superfood Bars provide an easy way for people to eat the recommend daily servings of fruits and vegetables in delicious flavors everyone loves.”

Like all Amazing Grass Organic Superfood Bars, new Organic Green Superfood Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Organic Protein Superfood Chocolate Almond Butter are plant-based, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free (except for Chocolate Chip Coconut), vegan and dairy free. Plus, the two Organic Protein Superfood Bars provide 12 grams of plant-based protein.

Organic Green Superfood Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt is a blend of dark chocolate, sea salt crystals and tart cranberries plus crunchy whole peanuts, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Organic Protein Superfood Chocolate Almond Butter combines almond butter and 100% plant-based protein enrobed with chocolate providing 12 grams of protein per bar.

Muuna

Cottage cheese company Muuna is reintroducing the classic snack as a reimagined Greek yogurt alternative.

Muuna is high in protein, with 15-19 grams per 5.3-oz container, and is free from artificial flavors of sweeteners. The cottage cheese features premium fruit-on-the-bottom flavors with 9-11 grams of sugar, while providing a “good source” of calcium. Muuna is gluten free and Kosher.

The product is available in single-serve cups in six varieties: Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Mango, Lowfat plain and Classic plain.