Pressed by KIND: A healthy, fruity snack your kids will love

It’s back to school time again, which brings with it a unique challenge for parents: What do I pack in my kids’ lunch boxes that’s both healthy and satisfying?

You know if you just pack something healthy that’s not particularly tasty or fun to eat, your kids are just going to use their spare change to buy something they like better from the vending machine—and it likely won’t be anything too nutritious. Luckily, there’s a new snack that hits the perfect balance of healthy and fun: KIND Snacks’ new Pressed by KIND fruit bars.

What they are: Pressed by KIND fruit bars are an easy-to-pack snack that contains a whopping two servings of fruit. They’re delicious and chewy—a healthy alternative to fruit snacks or gummy bears.

The flavors: Flavors include Mango Apple Chia, Cherry Apple Chia, Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach, Apricot Pear Carrot Beet, and Pineapple Coconut Chia. All are delicious—they have a natural sweetness to them balanced out by a little bit of tanginess/tartness. They are the kind of snack you savor bite by bite.

What they contain: Only amazing stuff—seriously! What each bar’s name is happens to be exactly what each bar contains. So Apricot Pear Carrot Beet contains—you guessed it—apricots, pears, carrots, and beets. All five flavors are gluten- and dairy-free, making this a great snack for kids with food allergies or intolerances. They’re a great source of fiber (2.5 to 4 grams per bar, depending on which flavor you choose) and full of Vitamin C. They don’t contain any added sugar, preservatives, or genetically engineered ingredients. They’re also low-sodium and vegan.

Mango Apple Packaging

Why they’re convenient: Having fresh fruit available is certainly healthy, but not always convenient. The organic stuff goes bad quickly. The non-organic fruit stays good for so long you forget it’s there and end up having to throw it away after it, too, gets old. Cutting fruit like melons takes a lot of work, and buying it pre-cut is expensive (and cut fruit also goes bad more quickly than fruit you haven’t cut). Isn’t it just easier to reach for a packaged snack that stays fresh for a while and contains either just fruit or just fruit and chia seeds? You don’t have to cut them, they don’t go bad quickly, and there’s easy to pack and take anywhere. This is the most convenient fruit-based snack I’ve ever eaten!

Why your kids will love them: Telling your kids to eat a piece of fruit can often turn into an argument. They want a snack, and in their minds they don’t equate “snack” with healthy food like fruit. If you give them fruit that’s packaged similarly to a candy bar or a granola bar, and that tastes delicious, you’re essentially tricking them into eating something that’s actually good for them. This sneaky-healthy snack will surely satisfy your kids’ sweet tooth! Pack them in your kids’ lunchboxes, provide them as after-school snacks, put one in your little athlete’s gym bag for a pre- or post-game snack, or even give your kid a box of them to keep in their locker for when hunger hits them between classes.

Where to buy: I’ve seen all 5 Pressed by KIND varieties at Target; you can buy them in boxes of 5 there. You can also buy them by the case (100 count) at KINDsnacks.com.

Disclaimer: The KIND Snacks products mentioned in this article were provided to me for review purposes. This did not influence the article in any way; my opinions are my own. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.

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