Lunchbox Snacks You HAVE to have this Back To School Season

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It’s that time of year where we’re all searching for great lunchbox friendly snacks, right?  I know it’s always a struggle to find snacks my kids will enjoy that also fit easily into their lunchboxes, so I figured what better time of year than now to share with you some of our favorite picks for this Back To School season.

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Welch’s Fruit Rolls are the newest thing we’ve come across that my kids (and husband) absolutely love.  These super fun to eat fruit rolls deliver the same quality my family loves in Welch’s Fruit Snacks, in a new, irresistibly fun format.  Featuring fruit as its first ingredient, they come in three mouthwatering flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry.  We’ve tried the Tropical Punch and Berry which were AMAZING, and now I’m on the hunt to try the White Grape Strawberry…that one sounds absolutely incredible!

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Don’t let size fool you, The Little Kernel may be miniature popcorn, but the flavor is big and the ingredients just can’t be beat.  The Little Kernel keeps it real with no artificial ingredients.  Popped in olive oil and using only quality ingredients, the Little Kernel is on a quest to bring you the best.  Prepare your taste buds for their arrival at the frontline of fun with his lineup of adventurous flavors.  Each kernel is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grain.

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are one of my favorites to send my kiddos off to school with.  These fruit snacks are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit, GMO-free, gluten-free and preservative-free.  Even better, these tasty and smart snacks are only 70 calories for each individual pack, so no matter who you’re shopping for or what their dietary restrictions are (or lack thereof) everyone can enjoy these tasty treats.

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Viki’s Granola On-the-Go Packs are perfect for little ones who need a crunchy treat to get them through the day.  Viki’s granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love.  With a fresh, soft and chewy texture, Viki’s Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with yogurt for a nutritious snack.  From a successful bake sale adventure to a delicious treat enjoyed by thousands…you simply can’t go wrong with Viki’s granola.

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My oldest son LOVES olives, so I was really happy to find these Gaea Organic Snack Olives to toss into my sons lunch.  These olives are packed in a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later…perfect for a constantly-hungry teenage boy.  These olives are 100% natural, containing zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity, Gaea’s Organic Olives make for a delicious savory snack.

Those super active kids are going to need refreshing drinks to get them through the day, right?  I have a few staples that I keep on hand for my kiddos that I think yours will love too!

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Skip the soda by opting for Sparkling Ice’s 8oz. Slim Cans.  Perfect for lunchboxes or backpacks with it’s compact size!  This slightly carbonated light and refreshing beverage contains Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, is Gluten Free, and is Sodium Free.

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Brooklyn Organics is the perfect beverage for those looking for a sugar-free drink option.  Whether I’m planning lunches for my children or even just a delicious snack for myself, Brooklyn Organics is a MUST!  Each contains a bold fizz in a svelte packaging and is USDA Organic-certified, non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten Free and Caffeine Free.

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If you have young children, chances are you already know what Aqua Ball is.  Aqua Ball drinks are my daughter’s favorite drink to take to school.  AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage around.  Available in four flavors and featuring fan favorite Disney and Marvel characters, AquaBall is not only fun for kids, but also smart for parents.

I hope you try some or all of these snacks this Back To School season and let me know what your kiddos think of them!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

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Keep Your Kids Hydrated This School Year With Contigo Water Bottles

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Back To School in Arizona means finding ways to keep my kids hydrated throughout the day.  As if the Arizona heat weren’t hard enough to deal with, we live in a very rural area and all three of my children have quite lengthy bus rides to school…my oldest a 2 hour ride to his high school!  Extended exposure to these temps mean hot kids, and unfortunately, often dehydrated kids.  Last year all of the options I tried didn’t work out well, so this year Contigo and I have partnered up to find some great water bottles that easily fit into backpacks to keep my kids happy, healthy, and refreshed all year long.

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My youngest child entered kindergarten this year, and I was on a mission to find durable water bottles that won’t leak or spill, and Contigo had the perfect solution.  The AUTOSEAL Trekker is perfect for little ones around my daughter’s age that are too big for sippy cups, but don’t quite have the coordination to avoid spills.   This bottle features a one-touch AUTOSEAL lid that automatically seals between sips for mess-free drinking.  Plus it’s easy for small hands to hold, so it’s perfect for kids to keep on trekkin’.  Add in top rack dishwasher safe, and you’ve completely sold this mom on a wonderful water bottle.

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When looking for a water bottle for my middle schooler, I had a few things I needed to keep in mind.  Durability was a must, as well as a large capacity as he always drinks a lot of water.  The AUTOSPOUT Chug seemed like the perfect fit and he absolutely loves it.  The autospout is great for busy kids on the go, and has held up to the enormous abuse my son can dole out.  With the press of a button, the chug spout opens for convenient on-the-go one-handed drinking.  The wide spout helps the water flows quickly into your mouth (perfect for chugging when you need to hydrate in a hurry).  When you’re finished drinking, simply press the spout under the protective cover to fully close for help protecting against leaks and germs.

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Now the real challenge came along…finding a water bottle for my high schooler that would fit all of his needs.  I needed to find a water bottle of an adequate size, while offering durability and the ability to help keep drinks cold.  The AUTOSEAL Chill has not only lived up to my expectations, but has completely surpassed them.  Keep your cool all day with the spill-proof AUTOSEAL Chill.  Water will stay cold up to 28 hours, thanks to Thermalock vacuum insulation.  Just press to sip and release to seal automatically, using the spout cover to help protect against dirt and germs when you’re finished hydrating.  I was skeptical that this water bottle would keep my son’s water cold all day long, but it absolutely did, and then some!  In the morning my son fills up his bottle with ice and water, and by the end of the day he still has ice in his water bottle which was a true shock considering the extreme temps we have throughout the day.

Whether you’re looking for water bottles for young children, older kids, or even just yourself…you can’t go wrong with any of the bottle that Contigo has to offer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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Back To School means TONS of baking here in my home, and there’s nothing better than starting the day off with some fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls.  I have fallen in love with a Paula Deen recipe I found, and I thought I’d share it with all of you for the best Back To School breakfast yet.

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1/4-ounce package yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional

Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons hot water

 

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

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In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

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Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

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Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

 

If you’re looking for a great homemade breakfast, these cinnamon rolls are absolutely going to be your family’s favorite treat.  Make them ahead the night before, and let them do their final rise in the fridge.  Take the cinnamon rolls out of the fridge in the morning when you turn your oven on to help them reach room temperature before baking.  (Taking them out just as you’re setting the oven or even slightly before is important!  The center of the rolls will stay cold and not cook properly if you don’t let them come to room temperature or close to it.)

I hope you all try out this delicious cinnamon roll recipe with your families and see how quickly it becomes a dish the entire family will love.

 

Last Minute Back-To-School Must-Haves From Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake

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Whether your kiddos have headed back to school or are headed back soon, there’s a few last minute items to pick up that will make getting ready for school so much easier!  From pens, to snacks, to sock, make sure your kiddo has it all to have an incredible Back To School experience.

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Comfy socks are a great way to make sure that your little one has one less thing to worry about throughout the day.  For more than 80 years, Gold Toe has stood for quality, style and comfort; trusted by millions and the only way to send your little one’s tootsies back to school right.

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The Flat Knit Liner Athletic Socks feature the EZ Match system making it a little bit easier for your little one to get ready.  The number of gold rings on the toe tell the size so there’s no more guess work sorting through the socks looking for the right pair.  The spandex blend offers a perfect fit every time, and the reinforced toe offers better durability for little ones who are tough on their footwear.  With various size and color options, you’ll be able to find the perfect pack of socks for your little one with ease.

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Gold Toe Rayon Rib Crew Casual Fashion Socks are a great way to keep your handsome little man looking and feeling great.  With older boys like my 12 and 14 year olds, odor control is a must.  These stylish socks offer fresh 24/7 odor control which this mom truly appreciates.  The contemporary design paired with superb quality offer a comfy stylish fit your son will love.  These socks are also made with spandex for a perfect fit, and reinforced toes so they can take the abuse and keep on going.

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Every kid needs a great set of pens for Back To School, and Pilot pens has lots of great options to suit everyone’s needs.

G2 is the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.  Pilot G2 pens write smoothly, have a comfortable rubber grip, and have been proven to write longer vs. the average of branded competitors.  Make G2 your Go-2 pen this Back To School season and you’ll see the Pilot difference.

FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Pen are perfect for younger kids that still make frequent mistakes when writing or working on school assignments.  Pilot FriXion Clicker is America’s first retractable, erasable gel ink pen that allows you to write, erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents.  FriXion’s unique thermo-sensitive ink is formulated to deliver both vibrant color and smooth writing.  Great for editing, lists, scheduling and so much more!  Now your writing can be stress free and mistake free.

The Precise V5 Deco Collection is designed to delight the brilliant, cosmopolitan, stylish, and powerful NEW female Precise target who has a passion for precision, coordinating details, and a drive to succeed.  The Precise Deco Collection pens feature the rich colors, bold shapes and exuberant style of the Art Deco era.  With its lavish design and exceptionally smooth, comfortable writing experience the newest members of the Precise V5 family will help your ideas take flight as never before.

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Tastykake‘s new Minis are a delicious, perfectly sized treat that kids will love to toss in their lunchbox and go.  Tastykake‘s Mini Cupcakes and Brownies are perfectly portioned desserts coming in at under 200 calories per pack, giving lunch boxes everywhere a delicious dose of sweetness.  These treats come in three bite-sized pieces per pack, making it easy to share with friends and spread the love.

Mini Chocolate Swirly Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes with a white creme filling topped with delicious chocolate icing.

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes filled with a peanut butter flavored creme, and topped with a peanut butter icing.

Mini Candy Topped Brownies are my fave!  They’re bite-sized chocolate iced brownies topped with colorful milk chocolate candies…an absolute perfect treat!

Mini Koffee Kake Cupkakes are a huge hit with the whole family.  My husband is allergic to chocolate so he really loved seeing some non-chocolate items…you don’t realize how hard it is to find items without chocolate until you can’t have it.  These Koffee Kake Cupkakes are bite-sized crumb-covered creme filled coffee cake cupcakes that are a treat you’ll truly love.

Make sure you have everything you need this year to send your kiddos Back To School right…make sure you have all the Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake items you need!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

 

 

 

Back To School Baking With Stevia In The Raw #Review #Giveaway

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Back To School usually means one thing…Fall is just around the corner and us moms can’t wait to fire up the oven and get to baking!  If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE baking, and what better way to spend my time now that all three of my kids are in school?  After going on a weight loss journey last year and losing 55 lbs, I have become pretty conscious of my caloric intake, and baked goods are usually off the table.  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw, I can enjoy my favorite pastime even more, and actually indulge in the sweet treats I’m baking!

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With all of the Back To School baking, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of Stevia In The Raw on hand, and the Bakers Bag is the perfect size!  Stevia In The Raw measures cup for cup, just like sugar.  So go on, bake a pie, whip up a sauce…cut the calories in all of your favorite recipes this BTS season!

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What better way to start the day thank with homemade Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns?  Stevia In The Raw has an AMAZING recipe that the whole family will love.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar In The Raw, divided
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp 2% milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted,
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16×12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.

 

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Ready to try another delicious Stevia In The Raw Recipe?  Apple Pie Streusel Cake is another crowd-pleaser that your family will love.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment combine flour, brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Add butter slowly, pulsing between additions, until pea-sized pieces form. Press 1/2 of the mixture in an ungreased 9-inch springform pan; set remaining mixture aside.

Place apples, Stevia In The Raw®, cornstarch and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to combine. Place apples in prepared springform pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining mixture over apples.

Place springform pan on baking sheet with sides. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven. Run knife around the edge of pan; let cake cool completely. Remove springform ring just before serving.

 

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Back To School in our home is all about after-school snacks, and a favorite among my kiddos is chocolate chip cookies.  But sometimes, when you live in Arizona, it’s just too hot to bake for a little while into the school season.  I thought it would be super fun to share an EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH recipe I make using Stevia In The Raw, so not only do the kids get to enjoy…but this mama does too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Stevia In The Raw
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix together Stevia In The Raw, brown sugar, and butter.  Add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or chill.

There are so many ways to enjoy your Back To School baking, and Stevia In The Raw wants to make sure you can bake your butt off too!

***GIVEAWAY***

Stevia In The Raw has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Stevia In The Raw Bakers bag, as well as a $25 VISA gift card to make sure you have all you need to bake, bake, bake!  Giveaway will begin 08/16/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 08/23/17 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Stevia In The Raw giveaway!!

Remember that ALL mandatory entries must be completed…failure to complete mandatory tasks, or submitting tasks that aren’t complete will disqualify you.

 

***I received the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, as well as a gift card to help facilitate the review***

Back To School Lunchbox Snacks Your Kids Will Love From Pure Growth Organic

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If you’re a parent, you know the struggle is real when it comes to finding lunchbox snacks the kids will like that will keep fresh all day.  With my three kiddos headed back to school, I set out on a mission to find snacks that my kids would enjoy and I wouldn’t feel bad about giving them.  I found some Pure Growth Organic Snacks that my little ones couldn’t wait to try out.

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Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn was a HUGE hit with my daughter.  She’s loves everything Mickey Mouse so the packaging instantly made her want to try what was inside.  We love popcorn in our household and the White Cheddar Popcorn does not disappoint.  What you’ll love about sending your little one off to school with this tasty treat:

  • organic
  • kosher
  • gluten free
  • 8g whole grains per serving
  • popped in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving
  • NO MSG

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What kid doesn’t love a little sweet treat in their lunchbox, right?  These Pure Growth Organic Crispy Rice Squares are a treat that kids everywhere will love!   This is a whole new spin on America’s favorite childhood sweet treat…vegan, gluten-free, made from brown rice, and of course, organic.!  This snack is a delicious and convenient solution for kids (and parents) to enjoy.  What you’ll love about these Crispy Rice Squares:

  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • kosher
  • vegan
  • made with brown rice
  • formed in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving

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Packing a lunch your little one will love (and you’ll feel good about) is finally a little easier thanks to Pure Growth Organic.  Make sure you check out their whole selection to find the products that are just right for your family!  Enter code  20PGO to save on your purchase!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School Snacks From SunRype #SunRypeSnacks4School

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When shopping for Back To School snacks, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming and quite misleading.  It’s hard to know whether we’re making the right choices or not, and having to second guess our purchases makes the trip to the store take even longer, which a busy mother of three like myself despises.  SunRype is making it easy to provide healthy snacks for your kids this Back To School season so you can get in to the store, pick up exactly what you’re looking for, and get on with your day.

 

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My kiddos can be pretty picky sometimes, so I wasn’t sure how these new snacks would go over with them, but I was so incredibly surprised.  Both the SunRype FruitSource + Veggie and SunRype Fruit To Go taste amazing!

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Fruit To Go in Apple Strawberry Watermelon was instantly a HUGE hit with the kids, and yes, even myself.  This delicious snack is a summery blend of strawberries, apples, and watermelon that you can enjoy any time of year.  The juicy strawberries and mouthwatering watermelon combine for a flavor that kids will love…just be prepared for them to ask for more!  These thin fruit strips will satisfy your sweet cravings without any added processed sugar…something a mom like me truly appreciates.  These vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free 100% fruit snacks are made with real fruit puree so you and your kids can finally agree on this tasty, portable, on-the-go snack.

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Looking for a great way to get more veggies into your little one’s diet?  The SunRype Fruit Source + Veggie are a great option!  Mango and strawberry make a perfect match in this 100% fruit and vegetable snack.  Each bar has 2.5 servings of fruit and veggies!  Just like the Fruit To Go, they’re also made from a real fruit and veggie puree, and are vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free so you can indulge no matter your dietary needs.  Add in being a good source of fiber and potassium and you’ve got one superhero snack here to save the day.

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This year, send your kiddos back to school with snacks that will help fuel their bodies and minds with SunRype.  You’ll find these tasty snacks available in the produce department at most grocers next to the fruits and vegetables.  Make sure you check out all of the snack options that SunRype provides so you can find the ones that are just right for your little ones.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***