The back-to-school season brings a lot of changes with it, and what we eat is no exception. As our family’s days get busier, it can be tempting to send kids to school with appealingly packaged and marketed snacks, but many of these will ultimately offer little nutritional value. Look no further—in this list, we break down some of the best healthy fruit snacks you can add to your kids’ lunch boxes (and even your own!).
Pack Smarter for Fall
With the arrival of chillier weather, you’ll likely notice fewer in-season fruits to choose from lining your local grocery store shelves. Combined with our need as parents for more healthy grab-and-go options that will stay fresh throughout the day, this makes well-portioned dried fruit snacks a great solution to one of fall’s meal planning dilemmas.
If you’re lucky, you might have come across blueberry bushes on your hikes during the height of summer. But these tasty fruits and their many benefits can still be enjoyed through the fall and beyond—no wild excursions required. Rich in antioxidants, the skin of blueberries contain anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid. Known for their ability to fight off free radicals, anthocyanins are also linked to lowered blood pressure and improved brain function. And while blueberries can be enjoyed year-round, they can pack a much-needed extra punch during fall and winter, when colds and flus run rampant in schools. This is thanks to blueberries’ high concentration of vitamin C, an immune-booster that’s been proven time and again to bolster our body’s defense against illness.
To get a perfect amount of blueberries, try Eden Foods Dried Wild Blueberries Pocket Snacks. This single-serve snack is sourced from organic, low bush Canadian blueberry fields. Handpicked during the summer, Eden’s blueberries are infused with organic apple juice to achieve that “just right” level of extra sweetness.
Like blueberries, cranberries often carry a “superfood” label due to their many nutrients, high antioxidant content, and links to improved immune function due to their vitamin C content. Maybe you associate cranberries most with holiday meals, but research indicates that there’s plenty of reasons to make this fruit a more regular part of our diet. One in five women experience recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) for instance, and cranberry is often recommended as a natural preventative remedy. But did you know that cranberries are also linked to better dental health? Packed with flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (PACs), studies show that cranberries can help prevent and manage the inflammatory disease, peridontitis. While we won’t be ditching our toothbrushes anytime soon, an extra shield against tooth decay (that just happens to be tasty too) never hurts!
To more easily tap into the many benefits of cranberries, try Eden Foods Dried Cranberries Pocket Snacks. Wet harvested from organic Canadian bogs, Eden’s cranberries are hand-gathered and infused with organic apple juice for a sweet and tangy blend.
The cherry is one of those foods that’s nearly universally loved. Also boasting an impressive nutritional profile that’s high in antioxidants, cherries can further help with heart health and gout symptoms. Tart cherries are even associated with increases in melatonin production for improved sleep quality. In addition to being kid-approved, there’s even more reason to get excited about adding cherries to our lunch boxes. Montmorency cherries in particular are known for their disease-fighting phytochemical content, and research shows that they can help athletes’ muscle function recovery following intensive exercise. Of course, we don’t need to be athletes to enjoy this finding; whether crossing a finish line or running around playgrounds, everyone benefits from a little post-exercise boost.
For a convenient snack-size serving of cherries all year round, try Eden Foods Dried Montmorency Cherries Pocket Snacks. Handpicked directly from US family orchards, these Montmorency tart cherries are infused with organic apple juice for the perfect tart and sweet flavor.
Crafted the Eden Foods Way
What sets Eden Foods apart from so many other other brands on the market is its unwavering dedication to bringing organic, ethically-sourced foods to our tables. As you set out to provide better nutrition for your family this fall, rest assured that Eden Foods has you covered with delicious and nutritious treats—all crafted carefully with your health and the earth’s in mind.
Founded in 1968, Eden Foods is the oldest principled independent organic food company in the United States. Its mission is Creation and Maintenance of Purity in Food. Eden brand is the authentic alternative to commercial food; the purest, best tasting grains, beans, and vegetables on the planet, from known trusted growers. Healthy soil, long-term organic, non-GMO.