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Thursday, February 14, 2008


Snack Time

We love getting snacks in the mail! And it seems like lately our mailbox has been overflowing with goodies from various companies for review.

I'll start with the one my family liked the most.

The South Beach Dark Chocolate Covered Soynuts were a huge hit with everyone. Each little bag contains a good handful of crunchy soynuts, perfect for those late night cravings when you just need a little something to satisfy the hunger pangs before bed.

Made by Kraft, this snack has the right combination of healthy crunch and healthy chocolate. Each bag is 100 calories, and there are 7 bags per box. At $15 for a pack of 4 boxes, that works out to about 50 cents a bag. Not bad, if you can limit yourself to one bag a night.

Next, we sampled Cheerios Snack Mix. This is the same kind of snack as the classic Chex Mix, only with the familiar whole-grain goodness of those little round Cheerios that we all know and love. The mix also includes Chex pieces (naturally), pretzels, crackers, and a robust seasoning. It comes in original or cheddar flavors.

My kids could eat handful after handful of this stuff if you poured it into a big bowl. Because it's baked and not fried, Cheerios Snack Mix is healthier than most. I found the slightly spicy seasoning to be a bit off-putting after a couple of scoops, but the kids didn't mind. We'll probably pick this up every now and then. I'd rather my kids munch on this than potato chips.

Last, we have Dr. Melina's Lemon Raspberry Protein Bars. After eating junky cereal bars for years, it was a bit of a shock to bite into one of Dr. Melina's protein bars. It tasted... Healthy. Which is to say, not all sweet and sugary.

I like that the bar doesn't crumble as you eat it. I've had some that break apart upon the first bite and you end up picking chunks off your clothes. My 9-year-old son said, "They're chewy, but not too chewy."

Best of all, they took away mid-morning hunger pangs. I could easily eat one of these for breakfast or lunch and feel good about the healthy ingredients, which include soybeans, whey, milk, and brown rice syrup. Each bar is 180 calories and has a good amount of protein and fiber. Other flavors include chocolate peanut and cinnamon almond. We'll probably throw a box of these in the car on our next road trip.

Now don't tell any of these companies, but my kids still think the best in-between-meal snack is a big bowl of baby carrots. They've been munching on those since they were toddlers. But for variety, the three snacks above are good alternatives.

What's your family's favorite snack?



Blogger beck said...

We are the boring popcorn eaters.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Bad Dad said...

I'd say we're also primarily popcorn eaters. We
ll microwave kernels in a special plastic container, then season a bit.

My kid's favorite pastime is complaining. Can't get enough of that.

5:18 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...


7:27 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

We eat lots of yogurt, cheese, carrots, granola bars, apples, "fruit cups", peanut butter with crackers or mini-bagels. My kids snack constantly. I wish I could hand them a mutton bone each day so they could just drag it around with them and stop hassling me for food.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a big glass jar of trail mix (almonds, raisins, dried cranberries, peanuts, maybe an M&M or two) with a scooper in it on the counter. A handful here and there keeps the cravings down and doesn't spoil our appetite for dinner.

8:07 PM  
Blogger HoorayForSaturday said...

We eat a lot of raisins, honey crisp apples & bananas around here.
Plus, the kids love sliced green & red peppers.

10:16 AM  
Blogger FosterMom said...

As a family, we love popcorn. But the kids themselves love a little bowl with a mix of pretzels, goldfish crackers, and ritz bitz crackers. That is their main in-between meal snack. We save fruit snacks ("treats") for when we are in the van and they are getting a little road weary!

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apples! Apples! and more Apples!

And Sunday night, instead of a meal, the kids love to hunker down with a big bowl of microwave popped (in a special plastic container like "bad dad") slathered with butter and salt...(so much for saving on calories/chemicals by skipping the store-bought microwave kind in those paper bag thingies!)

5:06 AM  

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