What do you suggest for healthy green snacks?

Dear EarthTalk: I’m looking for some ideas for healthy, green snacks to have around the house and pack into the kids’ lunches. Any ideas?

Mickey P.

Salt Lake City, UT


There are so many healthy, green food options out there nowadays that the work is no longer is finding them but instead choosing among them. One favorite for kids’ lunch boxes is gimMe Snacks roasted seaweed. From 15-100 times more volume of seaweed can grow on the same footprint as lettuce. And while the seaweed requires no water to produce, lettuce needs 15 gallons per pound. The entire gimMe product line is made with organic, non-GMO seaweed sustainably cultivated and harvested in South Korea.

Forager Project takes the pomace (skin, seeds and pulp) that other food companies toss and rehydrate it and turn it into pressed veggie chips that are like eco-friendly Doritos. The company also makes a tasty certified organic, non-GMO Cashewgurt (dairy-free yogurt) that’s rich in probiotics. You won’t feel like a bad parent when your kids pull Forager Project products out of their lunch boxes.

One favorite of the non-dairy crowd is Nuttzo, which makes nut butter blends free of antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides and fertilizers — and with ingredients farmed under national standards of renewable resources and conservation of soil and water. It’s Organic Power Fuel Chocolate spread contains cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hazel nuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate and sea salt — and no palm oil.

Stonyfield Organic, which started as an organic farming school before adding on yogurt production some 35 years ago, still supports the planet through renewable energy and packaging its products in plant-made material instead of plastic. Snackers young and old still love their organic string cheese, fruity cows, graham crackers and cookies, not to mention the New Hampshire company’s signature yogurt.

If you love oats but worry about the environmental footprint of the big mainstream brands, go for oat bars, snack bites and toaster pastries from Colorado-based family business Bobo’s. They’re still made by a mother-daughter team with only the finest organic, non-GMO whole grain oats, coconut oil, whole cane sugar and brown rice syrup.

British Columbia-based One Degree Organic Foods makes a wide range of plant-based, vegan-friendly cereals, granola, bread, tortillas and flour out of nutrition-packed sprouted organic grains. In the name of full transparency, every one of the company’s products has a unique label so customers can trace their ingredients back to specific farms.

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