The school year is quickly coming to an end, and parents everywhere are ready to breathe a sigh of relief - no more school lunches to pack!! Peanut-free, litterless, allergen-aware, healthful packed lunches will soon be but a memory until September. Or will they?
With the end of the school year comes the beginning of the camp season for many kids and their parents. And many of those daycamps will require you to send in a healthy, energy-filled, safe lunch for your wee ones. Making that lunch appealing and palatable to the often fickle tastes of our children is a must as well. They'll need lots of energy for all the running around they'll do all afternoon.
What's a Mom or Dad to do?
Well, I'll leave the main course decisions to you, but I do have a tasty suggestion for a side or snack - popchips. These are a tasty and healthier alternative to traditional potato chips. They aren't fried or baked, but popped, using heat and pressure. All natural ingredients, no preservatives, trans and saturated fat free.* They do use some safflower or sunflower oil in the seasoning, and they do use salt, but everything in these chips is natural.
On top of that these chips are soy- and nut-free, as well as gluten-free, making them an excellent snack to send to a camp environment as they are safer to share. popchips are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organisation (GFCO) and so are a great choice for kids with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. These chips are also certified Kosher. They are definitely a snack you can feel good about giving to your children, and that they will feel great about eating.
We have now tried all of the flavours, and salt & pepper has come out as my grown-up favourite. They have a nice slightly spicy bite to them, but not overpowering. My kids prefer the sour cream and onion or the cheddar, more traditional flavours for the younger set I guess. I do notice that all of the flavours are more subtle and refined than regular potato chips. Maybe because the flavourings are natural and not man-made? And none of the flavours leaves a colouring or greasy layer on your hands. That is definitely an added bonus when your kids are eating away from home and you're not there to give them a good hosing down afterwards.
Because these chips aren't fried, they aren't greasy. Because they aren't baked, they actually taste great. And because they are made with all natural ingredients and are low fat and filled with the goodness of wholesome potatoes, you can feel good giving them to your kids (or yourself) to eat at snack time. I know they will become a regular part of our treat stash.
*The sour cream and onion, as well as the cheddar, popchips do have a small amount of saturated fat since they are made with real dairy products. But the saturated fat comes in a small amount from the flavouring, not from the chip itself.
Disclosure: I received a free sample package including one of each popchips flavour in the single serving size from popchips to facilitate this review on behalf of Rockit Promotions. All opinions in this post are my own.