With childhood obesity rates in America on the rise, Holly and Rodney discuss the ongoing challenge of finding healthy snacks to pack in their children's school lunches. They chat with Mary Schulman, founder of Snikiddy Snacks, about alternatives to the sugary snacks of the past.
Mary and her mom, Janet, founded Snikiddy Snacks, a line of organic food products designed to embody and encourage a healthy lifestyle for children. Many of the products, which include cheese puffs and cookies, are wheat- and gluten-free for children with allergies. They are also low in calories, fat and are appealing to children, making them stress-free for parents when they are trying to put together a healthy lunch.
Mary says the company not only offers healthy snacking alternatives, but also encourages overall well-being. "Snikiddy isn't just about healthy eating, it's about healthy living—being outdoors, exercising, living a green lifestyle and giving back to charity," she says. The brand encourages kids to get involved in their communities by helping in simple ways, like cleaning up their neighborhood creek. Because Mary and Janet wanted children to have a positive role model, they also created the "Snikiddy Kid," a cartoon character that graces the packaging of Snikiddy Snacks products.