Convenience foods have long had a reputation of being unhealthy because they are highly processed. Additives like MSG, artificial food coloring, and high fructose corn syrup have historically been in what seems like everything! Luckily, new food trends (e.g., clean eating, the rise of functional foods) are bringing some healthier convenience foods to the table. Here are some of my own go-to packaged items my toddler loves:
The fruit-based items tend to be sugar and little else. The Clif Kid Fruit Rope, for example, has 17g of carbs, less than 1g of dietary fiber, 15g of sugar and 0g protein - not an ideal snack. Even the little raisin boxes can be overdone as the tiniest of boxes contain 10g of sugar, 1g fiber, and 0g protein.
Other reasons I steer towards vegetable-based products:
Registered Dietitian, Austinite, Mom with a 2-yr old, Dog lover