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12 Snacks That'll Tide Kids Over Until Dinner

  • Brian Hagiwara

    You've got designs on a healthy dinner, but the kids say they're staaaarving. What to give them:

  • Snacks Squared

    After a pack of granola bars, your spinach hasn't got much of a chance. Let these new 90-calorie granola squares be your secret weapon. Nature Valley Peanut Butter Granola Thins; $3.59

  • Piece Out

    These bites are a candy bar stand-in par excellence: The small pieces are easy to portion and each serving has half the sugar of a Kit Kat. Ian's Chocolate Covered Wafer Bites; $4.99

  • Bear Necessity

    These thick, moist cookies are baked with cranberries, walnuts, almonds, and the company's minimalist granola. Bear Naked Soft-Baked Fruit & Nut Cookies; $3.19

  • Out to Dry

    It's crunchy dried fruit with only one other ingredient: a yummy juice. (Mangoes get an OJ treatment, while pineapples get a splash of guava.) Each 35-calorie bag equals one serving of the real stuff. Funky Monkey Freeze-Dried Fruit in MangOJ; 99 cents

  • Brian Hagiwara

    Smooth Move
    Pop quiz: What do seven strawberries, ten grapes, half a banana and a third of an apple equal? Answer: One of these smartly designed—and tasty—smoothies. (mySmoothie in Strawberry; $2.99)

  • Itsy-Bitsy

    Vitamin-packed snack cups, designed with kids 2 to 4 years old in mind, are a perfect stave-off-the-hunger food. Dannon Dan-o-nino; $2.29 for six

  • Pop Psychology

    Yes, they are chips. But with 100 calories and three grams of fat, none of it saturated, it's hard to have qualms with these potato sensations. pop-chips Barbeque Potato; $1.29

  • What a Square

    Crunchy almond squares are brushed with just a bit of sweetness. It's a munchie that's chock-full of good fats and protein. Mrs. May's Almond Crunch; $1.69

  • Leader of the Pack

    The classic cracker pack now comes in a whole-grain version, so you can feel better about throwing them to a group of ravenous kids. Lance Whole Grain Real Cheddar Cheese Crackers; $2.99 for eight

  • Quick Fix

    This classic candy, surprisingly, has about one third the fat of other chocolate -- and even in the 65-calorie fun size, they're still a treat. Raisinets; $2.99 for 18 mini-pouches

  • Bun-Dle of Joy

    These crisps actually capture the flavor of fresh-baked cinnamon buns. They're a cool 100 cals, but they feel much naughtier. Sensible Portions Cheating With Chocolate in Cinna-Swirl; $2.99 for five packs

  • Wrap Star

    These wee pockets are a perfect after-practice size. They take the frozen burrito -- which could be about as highbrow as a Hannah Montana video -- to a new level. Evol Mini Burritos in Chicken + Black Bean; $1.59