So you are, or you have been, a parent to a toddler? Which means you are, or you have been, a 24/7 vending machine, issuing snacks to an irate little dictator who thinks the world will end if they don’t get another muesli bar? I’m with ya! I have joked that muesli bars are like crack to my kids, but I’m pretty sure even crackheads act with more decorum when their drug of choice is withheld.
I have been a full time stay-at-home-and-dispense-snacks mum for over three years now and in that time I have opened a million packets of vege crisps, muesli bars, raisins and pottles of yoghurt which will inevitably be used to paint the furniture. I have sliced up a million pieces of fruit and made toast like a madwoman and I have reached a point where I am all of our ideas (and enthusiasm, to be honest) for interesting and healthy mini meals.
I want snacks that tick the nutritional box but also can be eaten without any whining and I must say, I’ve become a “give them what they want for a moment of peace” kind of mum. That was certainly never the plan.
Coincidentally, I hit this snack slump at exactly the same time the kind folks at Wattie’s sent me a BOX OF JOY! Inside said joy box was some seriously snacky goodness from the Heinz Little Kids range – lunchbox love for 1-3 year olds. I ferreted the snacks away because A) I didn’t want the kids to see them and go full-blown monkeys-at-the-zoo on me and B) I didn’t want my husband to see how excited I was, for fear he’d think I had gone straight-up crackers.
I was excited to see the range was of the “healthy” variety* so I could feel okay about filling up kindy lunchboxes with them, and handing them out willy nilly at home. The range includes on-the-go gems like the Heinz Little Kids Corn Cakes and Wholegrain Cereal Bars containing multigrains, Fruit & Veg Shredz which are 99% fruit and veg, and the Brekky To Go – super convenient 150g pouches in flavours like Banana Oats with Cinnamon and Berry and Pear Muesli with Greek Style Yoghurt.
In my never-ending quest for a variety of snack options, I will now be cruising the baby aisle and adding the Little Kids range to my grocery shop. I like the idea of having those handy breakfast pouches at the ready for when mornings go truly pear-shaped, and the lunchbox snacks were all greedily gobbled up and enjoyed by my kids. In the crazy world of raising rascals, it sure is nice to have lots of options when those little dictators come calling.
*I have to say that a couple of products did have more sugar than I would have expected. Compared to the Mother Earth Fruit Sticks I normally buy, the Heinz Little Kids cereal bars were higher in sugar (41.1g per 100g compared to 35.3g per 100g) and the Fruit & Veg Shredz were really quite high (69.1g per 100g).