Healthy Alternatives to Sweets and Crisps


I like most fruits and vegetables.

I am getting a little more fussy as I get older, but, generally I do eat well.

I have a weakness for chocolate – especially Kinder Eggs ( I blame YouTube for all the unwrappings vids;) ), but Mummy refuses to let me have sweets and crisps as my bro and sisters do.

Trouble is, I am a toddler, and one of the most toddlery things I do is to copy other people – and who do I copy most? Big bro and sisters!

So – I want to eat sweets and crisps, just like they do.

Mummy has hunted, and hunted every shop and supermarket, checking labels and packets to see exactly what is inside the many ‘healthy’ alternative snacks aimed at tots like me.

This is what she has found:

1. Do not be fooled by claims such as ‘Made with real fruit’ – yes, I am sure they are, but there can be a whole lot of horrible stuff in there as well.

2. A lot of snacks state ‘No artificial colours / flavours / preservatives’ etc and this makes you think ‘Oh great, they re full of goodness then!’ Wrong! The label still needs carefully checking.

3. Be aware of anything yoghurt coated – it means additional sugar, and is really not needed.

4. Look out for what looks like simply fruit – apricots are a classic one. They are preserved in Sulphur Dioxide to keep their colour! And this destroys the natural goodness in the fruit- madness!


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So, what are the best healthy alternatives to sweets and crisps out there?

All these are made with 100% natural ingredients – no added sugar, salt, additives, preservatives or junk of any kind. In no particular order –

1. Organix Goodies Puffs – very similar to a famous cheesy puff, but so much healthier for me.

2. Urban Fruit – our first natural fruit discovery. Just fruit, gently baked – simple but genius!

3. Cow & Gate Fruit Pouches – 100% fruit – so handy to keep in for days when fresh fruit has run out!

4. Fruit Heroes – pure natural ingredients, no junk. In a funky bar which I love.

5. Ella’s Kitchen – they have it all covered from fruity snacks to veggie pouches, biscuits and more. Totally natural and Organic too.

There are other brands who offer great snacks too – Bear is another one we love. We are sharing what we have found out – apologies if we have got anything wrong. There is no substitute for fresh fruit and veg, but these are a great healthy option when I want to be like my older siblings!

What healthy snacks do you have?







  1. I’m glad you wrote this! I always freak out about what snacks I can give to my daughter. We’re such a healthy family but she’s starting to want what other children have. It’s nice to find alternatives to actually give to her instead. 😀 xx

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  2. I was constantly on the look out for healthy snacks when my children were little, still am now to be honest, but they are less likely to accept it now. Looks like a great few alternatives to sweets.
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  3. I didn’t know about the sulphur dioxide. How awful! We generally snack on fruit, raw carrot and cucumber with houmous or crisps or popcorn. My daughter loves soya yogurt and breakfast cereals. She used to love Ella’s kitchen but we found them quite expensive if bought regularly.
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  4. My weakness is Wotsits! I bloomin love them! A great round-up of healthy alternatives! Thanks for sharing #PoCoLo x
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  5. Wow! That’s scary about apricots – I had no idea. We’re always looking for something more healthy than Haribo that is still a special treat for Tin Box Tot. Thanks for th ideas #thelist
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  6. What great alternatives to sweets and crisps!
    Oh gosh! I didn’t know that about the Sulphur Dioxide! Scary x
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  7. Were having a sugar swap as my son has it in school and he wont eat anything sweet! Win for me so we have fruits. Sweet but not as sinful as chocolate chip cookies! #pocolo
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  8. I remember spending ages standing in the supermarket looking at the ingredients list of various toddler snacks. I did remember finding some biscuits which had exactly the same ingredients as some standard biscuits but of course they cost about three times as much!
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  9. this is great as my toddler is starting to snack more, we’ve tried Ellas kitchen but need to check out the others. Ali from Mum in a Nutshell guest hosting for #PoCoLo
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  10. I’m shocked at how ‘bad’ some of these healthy snacks are! I haven’t heard of a couple of these brands so will definitely check them out xx #TheList
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  11. Our twins love fruit, but I think they love jaffa cakes and biscuits more! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky
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  12. Thanks for sharing these ideas. I totally agree that most “healthy” alternatives to sweets are not all that healthy after all. I once bought dried fruits and they all had over 50% sugar in them. #PoCoLo
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  13. Great list and needed some inspiration and have found some on here X

  14. Great options. My daughter love Bear – Pure fruit Yoyos. They are so popular at the moment. You should try them they are very healthy. No added sugar and the come with a free gift card that my daughter love to collect. She has thousands of them xx #TheList
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