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Top 5 snacks to try this summer

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Summertime is here and with the kids being home more, road trips, summer camps, and days at the park or pool, you're probably doing more food shopping than ever. Sure, you need things for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but everyone can use a few snacks to get through the day.

Sweet and salty, crunchy, or frozen, here are a few new snacks that you'll want to stock up on this summer. They're easy to divide into individual servings, almost all of them can be brought on-the-go, and most of them contain good-for-you ingredients to fuel your day. Best of all, these snacks are both kid and adult friendly, so the whole family will enjoy them.

KIND Bars
KIND Bars Photo by Michelle Hein

KIND Bars

KIND prides itself on making snacks that are both healthy and tasty. They’re made with all-natural ingredients with recipes that are designed to fuel your body. While all of the KIND products (Fruit & Nut Bars, Healthy Grains Bars, Healthy Grains Clusters, etc) are worth trying, the Kind Nuts & Spices Bars have two new flavors that you’ll definitely want to pick up. The new Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond are packed with fiber and protein and have less than 5 grams of sugar. With drizzles of caramel or chocolate, they taste indulgent, but this is the type of snack that actually fills you up instead of leaving your hungry for more.

Blue Diamond® Natural Dark Chocolate Oven Roasted Almonds
Blue Diamond® Natural Dark Chocolate Oven Roasted Almonds Photo by Michelle Hein

Blue Diamond® Natural Dark Chocolate Oven Roasted Almonds

These dark chocolate almonds satisfy your sweet and crunchy cravings without being too indulgent. One serving (about 24 almonds) packs 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber at just 160 calories. While it has 13 grams of fat, this is the kind of fat that’s actually good for you in moderation. They’re great for a guilt-free dessert when you just need a taste of chocolate. And because they’re mess-free, it’s easy stash at your desk or throw a bag in your purse or car for an on-the-go snack.

Jif To Go® Dippers
Jif To Go® Dippers Photo by Michelle Hein

Jif To Go® Dippers

Choosy moms have a new grab-and-go snack to try this summer. Making snacks ultra convenient, the Jif To Go Dippers come in two different flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter or Peanut Butter & Chocolate Silk. The perfectly portioned packages contain a small container of peanut butter spread and thin pretzel wafers for dipping. Great for trips to the shore, camping, picnics and more, these are easy kid-friendly snacks to stock up on. 

Klondike® Kandy Bars™
Klondike® Kandy Bars™ Photo by Michelle Hein

Klondike® Kandy Bars™

It wouldn’t be summer without ice cream! When you can’t make it to your favorite local ice cream spot, it’s nice to have alternatives in the freezer. Klondike Kandy Bars are the newest addition to the classic frozen treat company. These delicious bars feature creamy ice cream mixed with candy bar flavors topped with Klondike’s signature thick, chocolate shell. There are three flavors available: Caramel & Peanuts, Fudge Krunch and Cookies & Cream. Each flavor uses light ice cream and comes in at under 200 calories. Considering they’re made with delicious ingredients like chocolate fudge, swirls of caramel and bits of cookie, they’re not as high in fat or calories as you might fear.  So while they’re not exactly health food, the built-in portion control does help you keep from going overboard. 

Skinny Pop® Popcorn
Skinny Pop® Popcorn Photo by Michelle Hein

Skinny Pop® Popcorn

Popcorn is always a favorite, easy snack. Keep a bag of SkinnyPop handy for road trips, movie nights and any other time your crew might get the munchies this summer. Made with premium popcorn kernel, sunflower oil and all natural ingredients, this is a snack you can feel good about eating. Low in calories, no preservatives, no GMOS and it’s gluten-free.  Joining the original flavor, SkinnyPop now also offers black pepper, ultra lite white cheddar and naturally sweet varieties. For even easier portion control, you can also buy the package with mini bags.

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