Review: Send Your Kids to School with Van’s Natural Foods

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On the adventure to find a healthier alternative snack for my children I came across Van’s. Van’s sent me a wonderful assortment of their natural gluten-free crackers, cereal and snack bars.

It all started back in the 1970s at the original Van’s restaurant. It was there, inspired by our California beachside roots, that we first dished up whole grain and gluten free hot ’n toasty waffles. By the late 1980s, we decided it was time to bring our tasty waffles to a whole new group of customers – right in their local grocery stores.

fireroastedvege

Van’s Fire Roasted Veggie crackers has 16g of whole grains such as brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth. These crackers would pair well with a vegetable dip or stand alone on their own. In addition, these crackers had a nice crunch to them and even have 3g of protein per serving!

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The Perfect 10 crackers have 6 whole grains such as brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and teff and also have 4 seeds such as Flax seed, Sesame, Poppy and Caraway. These crackers are perfect for dripping or eating with a slice of cheese on top.

cheesecrackers

Van’s Say Cheese snack cracker packs are made with whole grains and cheddar cheese. They are great to take on the go and put in your children’s lunch bag. Each cracker is packed with wholesome cheesy goodness. I always love a good crunch when I am eating crackers and these crackers have a great crunch factor.

BARS

Van’s Cranberry Almond snack bars are gluten-free and made with oats, flax, cranberries and almonds. With each bite, you can taste the fruity, nutty deliciousness. My husband loved these bars the best and said they would be perfect for him to take going to work each day. My husband does not eat lunch most the time and since these have protein, they would provide him energy needed to get through the day. These are perfect for breakfast, snack and any time of day! With school starting, these are great to add to the lunchbox.

cereal

 

My children love cereal and most the time they want the sugar cereal like fruit loops or cookie crunch. I was so happy that I got the opportunity to have my children try Van’s Cinnamon Heaven for a healthier choice than their regular cereal. For breakfast before going to school, my kid’s usually choose cereal to eat because it is quicker than cooking. Van’s Cinnamon Heaven cereal has 17g of whole grains and 5 g of fiber per serving. In addition, it has just the right amount of cinnamon to give it some sweetness. My kids and husband enjoyed the cereal and ate it every morning for breakfast before school. Van’s also makes a Honey Nut Crunch cereal as well.

My Verdict

Overall, the products are not for me. While I did not care for them, I do think these are perfect for individuals that are more accustomed to these types of foods. My sister is a vegetarian and has been for many years. One thing I have learned that with vegetarians protein is not as easy to import into your diet so therefore, you need to find foods to incorporate protein. With that said, Van’s products have protein with each serving and are gluten-free and natural. You can locate Van’s products using their locater here. Check out Van’s website to stay up to date on new products.


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25 comments

  1. lisalisa says:

    I have never heard of Van's but I would like to try the cheese crackers, they look good! Oh wait, I want to try the Cranberry Almond bar too…lol

  2. Cyndie says:

    I am always looking for gluten free snacks for my son!

  3. Marika says:

    If these are gluten free, that's awesome. So many companies have their products full of gluten which is so very unhealthy.

  4. Spatulas On Parade says:

    I have tried one of their many products and it was pretty good. I do have to laugh, you have veggie crackers on a fish plate.

  5. alocalwander says:

    Thanks for being honest. I do eat some healthier food options, but agree that they're hard to adjust to.

  6. Lisa says:

    I have never heard of Van's snacks but they look like they would make great snacks for the lunch boxes

  7. pam says:

    I have never heard of this product before. I will have to look for it. I see where they are gluten free. What a bonus.

  8. Terry says:

    I try always to eat natural and gluten free because it digests better. My Hubs has started on the gluten free journey with me to lose weight. I am going to check these products out. I see a couple that are of interest to me.

  9. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have never heard of Van's (I have to admit I thought of the trainers when I first read the name) but I am loving the look of the snack bars they look really soft and moist and so often they are so drying. x

  10. Pam says:

    We use Van's products because my daughter has celiac and she has to eat gluten free foods. She really likes them!

  11. myrah duque says:

    I've never tried Van's products, but seem like a very healthy option for the family. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Areeba says:

    Cranberry almonds look SUPAH DOOPAH yummy. Never heard of them so thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. Viccy H says:

    Mmm, those cheesy crackers look darn tasty! And a healthier snack option for the kiddiwinks too
    Thank you (and thank you for being honest)

  14. GrowUpMadison says:

    I love that Say Cheese. We're big fans of anything cheesy so that grabbed my attention right away. Thanks for sharing the review I've never heard of them before but will look out for them now.

  15. Chavonne H says:

    My friend is always telling me to eat more Van's Natural Foods, seriously he posts this on my facebook wall. I've tried Van's before and they have great food, but I wasn't aware they made crackers and bars, how cool is that!

  16. Dov Shapira says:

    I have never heard of this brand but it sure is sounds good with whole grain

  17. I want to try this for my daughter. We never know what to put in her lunches. Thanks!

  18. mburbage says:

    I only just saw this brand on the market the other day. We haven't tried them yet but now they look really good! I hope there's more products on the shelf when I go shopping this week, I will try them

  19. Anita says:

    I have not seen these in Canada. I'm not into processed foods but I can see these would be better than the usual stuff the kids are eating in their lunch boxes.

  20. toughcookiemommy says:

    I love that these are made from natural ingredients. I'll have to be on the lookout for them next time I buy groceries.

  21. Melinda Dunne says:

    I understand what you are saying about the taste of different foods. I actually like most of the "healthy" stuff and would love to try these products. I think the cranberry almond bars sound great.

  22. Noor says:

    I haven't tried their products but they sound appealing.
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  23. melanie says:

    I haven't tried these! but some of these look pretty good.

  24. optimisticcourtney says:

    I've never heard of Van's. I have a friend who would probably be interested in these, so I'll have to let he rknow!

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