School's starting and that means parents will be on the lookout for more tasty and healthy snack options. Luckily, we've found a bunch of new ones that fit the bill. Most of them are either baked, gluten-free or made with organic and natural ingredients. They're the perfect guilt-free munchies for lunch boxes, after school or on the go.
Like its name implies, these chickpea puffs are muy bien when it comes to taste and ingredients. These high-protein, low-carb snacks come in vegan ranch, aged white cheddar, and blazin' hot for those who prefer a little kick. I actually like the flavor and texture of these better than the other name-brand cheese puffs on the market. Plus, they're only made with chickpea flour, chickpea protein, lentil flour, and salt. That's music to any parents' ears. Biena's CEO and founder, Poorvi Patodia, a self-declared snack food junkie, said she wanted to bring goodness to snacking without sacrificing taste. Once you've tried them, you'll see that that's exactly what she did.
These little, plant-based squares—which come in cheddar, nacho, and sea salt flavors—have the look and feel of regular cheese crackers, but are made with cauliflower and cassava flour, so they feel lighter yet still pack a crunch. Theyalso offer cheddar and pizza stars, as well as pretzel twists and sticks made with butternut squash. My kids could barely tell the difference between these veggie pretzels and the real thing. The company says its mission is to create a "balanced snack for everyone to enjoy." With ingredients like these, we have to agree.
Sun Tropics took advantage of the mochi rage by turning the popular, glutinous Japanese rice cakes into a crunchy snack. How do they make it? First they pound steamed rice into velvety paste, then they slice them into nuggets, and fry them. These delicious treats come in sea salt, tamari soy sauce, and Tokyo curry flavors, but Sriracha is my favorite, with the perfect blend of sweet, savory, and hot. The snack is gluten and dairy free, vegan, and non-GMO—and can easily become an addiction.
These tasty and crunchy bite-sized morsels are perfect for cheese lovers, but you can skip the refrigeration. That's because they're made from 100 percent natural cheese that's been zapped of all its moisture. They come in cheddar, pepper jack, and gouda flavors and are low-carb and gluten-free. They're great for those on a keto or paleo diet, and they're safe for people with peanut, soy, egg, wheat, sesame, and seafood allergies.