When it comes to babies, homemade is best. For on-the-go, you can start baby on simple snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables cut into bite-sized pieces or easy-to-grab chunks of tofu. However, even the most health-conscious parent may find times when they need to reach for a few packaged treats. Luckily, today's parents have so many more organic, vegan, and natural options than the sugary cereals and salty snacks we might remember from our own childhoods. Here are a few to try:
Love Child Organics
Love Child's 100% organic blends of superfoods like pumpkin, kale, and sweet potato come packaged in BPA-free, squeezable pouches perfect for hiking, camping, road trips, or just trips to the playground. Even after your baby outgrows other baby foods, you'll keep reaching for these pouches for school lunches – in fact, you may find yourself snacking on a few yourself. You can find Love Child pouches in our Nature Box, alongside many other health-conscious products.
Happy Family carries a range of products, from probiotic baby cereal to rice cakes. One of their most popular treats are their Happy Puffs, organic, gluten-free cereal puffs enriched with vegetables like beets, spinach, broccoli, and kale. These easy-to-pick-up pieces make great first finger foods.
Hummus is a great – if sometimes messy - go-to snack for busy parents, and one of our favorites is the edamame hummus from Trader Joe's. It's an excellent source of vegan protein that's you can use as a spread, a dip, a sandwich filling – or, more likely, your baby will just wind up licking it right off their fingers.
Ella's Kitchen is a good source of quick, quality baby and toddler snacks conveniently divided into stages that grow with your baby's age, from Stage 1 simple infant purees and cereals to Stage 4 lunch box favorites like sugar-free, organic juice boxes with exotic blends like apple-zucchini smoothie.