parent hacks: Favorite “no trans fat” snacks

parent hacks: Favorite “no trans fat” snacks: ”

The FDA is changing food labels so you’ll now know how much trans fat lurks in your kid’s food. Trans fat — the result of hydrogenating oil — typically shows up in packaged snacks such as cookies and crackers. Because it’s more shelf-stable than regular oil, however, manufacturers use it in all sorts of convenience foods.

I’ve been a trans fat detective for years. I generally shop at my local natural-foods grocery store or Trader Joe’s for snacks, cereals, and other ready-made food. I save money by watching for sales, packing my freezer, and buying staples at conventional supermarkets.

A few favorites:

Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies (Goldfish cracker alternative)
Trader Joe’s Honey Whole Wheat pretzel sticks
New Morning Cinnamon Grahams
Kashi GoLean Crunch and Mighty Bites cereals
Nature Valley Peanut Butter granola bars (if our only shopping choices are the gas station or 7-11)
What are your family’s favorite trans fat-free snacks?

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