Monday, March 02, 2009

Convenience Foods That Are Good for You and Your Kids

I have to admit that I buy a lot of convenience foods. It’s just so much easier to throw a pre-packaged container of pudding into school lunches than it is to make the pudding and scoop it into little plastic cups. Same for potato chips: it’s quicker just to toss in a snack bag than it is to divide the chips into little baggies. Unfortunately, though, most convenience foods are not very healthy for our families. So, I’m always happy when I hear about healthy foods that come in convenient packaging. Following are some that our family has enjoyed recently:

GoPicnic Meals



GoPicnic Meals are boxed lunches made with natural and organic ingredients that are surprisingly tasty and of high quality. All of the GoPicnic meals fit 35-10-35 standards, which means that 35% or less of the calories in the meal are from fat, 10% or less of the calories in the meal are from saturated fact, and 35% or less of the total weight of the meal is from sugar. We tried the AquaMunch and GalaxyMunch meals for kids, which had yummy items like all-natural jam and organic crackers, natural applesauce, salami slices, baked organic potato chips, and more. The adult meals we tried were called DeluxePicnic and RivieraPicnic. Tasty items included couscous, all-natural hummus, baked pita chips, organic wheat crackers, gruyere cheese spread, Mediterranean apricots, and even an energy drink mix. We loved them all! Visit www.gopicnic.com to see their full selection of ready-to-eat nutritious meals. Enter the code SUSANHEIM at the checkout to receive 10% off your purchase!

Attune Probiotic Wellness Bars


Attune Wellness Bars combine great taste with the health benefits of probiotics to support digestive health, increase immunity, and heighten overall health and well-being. In fact, they contain five times the probiotics of yogurt. Probiotics are live, active cultures that are known as the “beneficial bugs” for your digestive and immune systems. Attune bars also contain calcium and protein. They are available in two varieties and 10 flavors, including Attune Chocolate Probiotic Wellness Bars: Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Crisp, Mint Chocolate and Blueberry Vanilla, as well as Attune Granola Probiotic Wellness Bars: Chewy Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Mango Peach, Wild Berry, Strawberry Bliss and Lemon Crème. Our family tried both chocolate and fruit varieties, and they were all delicious. You can find them in the refrigerated yogurt section of 5,000 retailers all over the U.S.

Surf Sweets


Surf Sweets are candy, but they’re much healthier than traditional sweets! Made by TruSweets, these organic, natural candy gummies and jelly beans are flavorful and delicious! There are no artificial flavors and colors, and they’re fortified with Vitamin C. They’re also gluten-free and produced in a nut-free facility without corn syrup. These treats were so delicious that my kids had no clue they weren’t eating their regular sugary snacks. I encourage you to pick up some Surf Sweets for your children’s Easter baskets this year! Visit www.surfsweets.com to see all of their delicious products. They have some fun recipes on their site, too!

Cheeky Chewz


These raw fruit bars hail from Australia and contain nothing but real fruit! They have no added sugar, sulfur or preservatives. The whole fruit, skin and all (except for any pits, of course), is naturally preserved in Cheeky Chewz. Eating one bar is like eating three pieces of fresh fruit. What a great way to get some fruit servings into your child’s tummy! Flavors include Apricot, Peach, Tropical, and Mixed Berry. You can purchase them at http://www.tinyurl.com/cheekychewzstore.

Smashies Organic Apple Sauce for Kids


Smashies apple sauce is organic, with no added sugar, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. It’s just apple! And it’s packaged in portable, no-mess pouches that are flexible and designed to help reduce landfill space. No spoons required. It’s now available in Snappy Apple flavor, with three new flavors coming soon! Look for Smashies at natural food stores or online at www.smashies.com.



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2 comments:

  1. I'm not sure that surf sweets can really be called healthy or should form any part of any child's diet. They may have vitamin C in them, but don't kid yourself they are anything more than a spoonful of organic sugar - you'd get more vitamin C from a piece of broccoli!

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  2. I'm going to have to let my son try the Attune Probiotic Wellnes bars.

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