Thursday, September 07, 2017

Snacking with Super Foods

Packing school lunches is every parent's favourite activity, right? Followed very closely, I am sure, by getting the kids fuelled and prepped after school and on to the next activity. It's hectic, sometimes frustrating, and often a challenge to find and provide appropriate, healthy snacks and lunch foods that they will actually eat. But we know they need the nutrition and the energy to get them through, and we love them, so we soldier on.

We also don't want them to get bored with the same snack or sandwich showing up over and over again. "Ham & cheese again?! I'm so sick of that." So keeping an eye out for new option is a good idea. And because it's what I do, I recently agreed to check out a new snack option for big kids from the makers of Baby Gourmet. This Canadian company, created and run by two moms, has been creating delicious, organic, additive-free baby foods since 2005. As their own kids have grown, so has their business to include this new line of Slammers Super Food Snacks.

Slammers were created with portability and convenience in mind, for busy families and active kids on-the-go. Packed with organic fruits and vegetables, with no fillers or artificial colours or flavours, they are easy to digest and are designed to keep kids energized, fueled, and focused. Good to know - there's a full serving of fruits and vegetables in every pouch.

The line comes in 7 flavours. Four flavours are described as "pureed superfood snacks" and come with kid-appeal names like "Epic" and "Amped." The remaining three have added whey protein, and these are described as "superfood smoothies." Each of those has 7g of protein, and 120 calories, which would be a great energy boost.

I received two of the superfood snack varieties to try out with Boo.

The first, named "Awesome," contains bananas, strawberries, beets, acai berries, blueberries, and amaranth. Acai is a great source of Vitamin C, but it's got a flavour that I really don't like, so this one is not something I would eat. Boo thought it tasted fine, though - personal choice. The full ingredient list is: organic banana, organic apple, water, organic blueberries, organic strawberries, organic beet, organic acai, organic amaranth, organic lemon juice concentrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin c). It has no fat, no added sugars (9g naturally occurring sugars), and 60 calories per pouch. It's a solid source of Vitamin C, with 90% of your daily recommended intake. There's 1g of protein and 1g fibre.

The second one, "Chill'n," I really liked. It has bananas, blueberries, yumberries (new to me!), butternut squash, and Greek yogurt. Ingredient list: organic apple, organic banana, organic blueberry, water, organic butternut squash, organic greek yogurt (organic skim milk, cultures), organic yumberry concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin c). Again no fat, no added sugars (7g naturally occurring sugars), 60 calories per pouch, 1g each of protein and fibre.

I'm not sure how much extra energy 60 calories and 1 gram of protein will provide a kid, but I do like that these products provide healthy ingredients, without additives, in a tasty snack format. They are perfect to throw in with school lunch, for a quick snack on the way to after school activities, or just something the kids can grab for themselves when they get home, for a little boost. Convenience is a big deal for me and all the other crazy busy parents out there, and these definitely provide that - easy to store, easy to transport, easy to grab and ready to go. Plus, there is something inherently fun about squeezing your food into your mouth. Who can resist?! If that's what it takes to get an extra serving of fruits and vegetables into my kid, I'm all for it.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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