Food & Recipes

The Kids’ Healthy Food Awards

by Margaret Hargrove with Nutritional Expert Advice from Stephanie Clark, R.D. and Willow Jarosh, R.D.

The Kids’ Healthy Food Awards

Expert picks of the most healthy meal options and snacks for kids

Snack Stars
CLIF Kid ZBar Iced Oatmeal Cookie

Drop two in your bag when you head out to the playground because you won't want to share—trust us!

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Pudding cup
JELL-O Chocolate Fat-Free Pudding Snacks

The proof is, er, in the pudding. Even though it's made with skim milk, this creamy, fudge-like cup tastes like the real deal.

Fruit pop
Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value Strawberry Frozen Fruit Bar

Bursting with chunks of real fruit, this pop star is tops in the frozen-dessert section.

Dried fruit
Peeled Snacks

Next time you're at Starbucks and your kid is clamoring for a treat, reach for a bag of this organic dried fruit that will

Fresh fruit
Earthbound Farms Organic Dippin' Doubles

It's what you would make for your kid's snack if you had time: fresh apple slices with a vanilla yogurt dip.

Food Should Taste Good Original Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet, salty and crunchy usually equals unhealthy. Not here. You get all three, plus loads of vitamin A.

General Mills Multi-Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter

This breakfast powerhouse (16 grams of whole grains per serving) gets a fresh kid-friendly peanut butter–flavor makeover.

Instant oatmeal
Kashi GOLEAN Hot Cereal Hearty Honey & Cinnamon

These hearty spoonfuls have just a touch of honey, so you can feel good about serving it to the kiddos.

Thomas' 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thins

These bread ends are perfect paired with everything from cream cheese and fruit to scrambled eggs.

Nature's Path Organic Ancient Grains 9 Grains & Honey

This thick, fluffy waffle has a slightly sweet nutty flavor, plus five grams of fiber to keep tummies full longer.

Chobani Champions in Orange Vanilla

This Greek goddess is made with real fruit and has the right mix of sweet and tart that will remind kids of an orange Creamsicle pop.

Barilla Plus

An easy way to get your family to love whole-wheat pasta: It tastes like regular noodles, with a healthy boost of fiber and protein.

Pasta sauce
Classico Tomato & Basil Sauce

This supermarket staple tastes about as close to homemade as you can get.

Frozen pizza
Newman's Own Margherita Thin & Crispy Pizza

Cheaper (and healthier) than delivery, make it a pizza-party night with this wholesome pie that features a multigrain crust and plenty of cheese.

Chicken nugget
Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets

If you can't make your own, these all-natural nibbles are a close second. And they come in a family-size bag.

Grilled chicken
Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips

Soccer practice ran late? Keep these versatile strips on hand to whip up stir-fries or quesadillas in a snap.

French fries
Alexia Crinkle Cut Sweet Potato Fries

Healthy fries? You bet! These lightly seasoned sweet potato fingers taste better than any fast-food spud.

Fruit spread
Welch's Natural Strawberry & Grape Spreads

A perfect match for our PB winner, this juicy jelly is missing the one ingredient your kids can do without—high-fructose corn syrup.

Sliced cheese
Organic Valley American Cheese Singles

Whether it's for a turkey-and-cheese or gooey grilled cheese, these unprocessed slices are sure to please.

Turkey deli meat
Oscar Mayer Selects Slow Roasted Turkey Breast

This preservative-free sandwich staple comes in nine-ounce packs, so you can skip the deli counter.

Juice box
Odwalla Fruit Smoothies for Kids

Slightly thicker than your average juice, each box contains real fruit purees—strawberries, bananas or peaches.

Peanut butter
Smucker's Natural Creamy

Spread the word: Peanut butter should have only two ingredients—peanuts and salt, say our nutrition experts. This fits the bill.

Sandwich bread
Arnold's Health-full 10 Grain Bread

When roaming the endless bread aisle, look for whole grains and at least three grams of fiber. This loaf delivers the goods.


Earth's Best Fruit & Grain Puree Pouches

These puree blends of organic fruit and whole grains for babies 6 months and up let tots feed themselves.

Happy Tot Toddler Meal Bowls

Just like your Lean Cuisines! Pop these organic meals in the microwave for 30 seconds for a balanced meal packed with protein.

Gerber Graduates Blueberry Puffs

This finger-food fave gets a new flavor profile, chock-full of whole grains, iron and other important nutrients for growing bodies.

Sprout Organic Toddler Meals

Made with whole grains and 100% organic ingredients, Tyler Florence's mini-me meals are so delicious, we're hoping for a line of adult food down the road.