Only 35 days until Fearless Feeding is launched and we’re ready to highlight another product/service. The theme is snacking, which I’ve written about quite a bit — how to tell when it’s good and bad, how many times a day a child should eat and what should ultimately drive it (hunger!).
In the book we lay out our snacking philosophy in pretty simple terms. We would like all parents to shift what they constitute as snacks from packaged salty snacks and desserts to good old fashioned real food. Satisfying snacks typically contain at least 2 food groups such as yogurt and nuts, fruit and cheese or half a sandwich. See Jill’s post for 51 more ideas.
The benefits of making this switch include everything from increased feelings of fullness, more energy to filling nutrition gaps. When planning Big A’s snack for school, for example, I consider what she is eating for breakfast and lunch and pick food groups to offer more variety. She knows her snacks vary each day and is generally happy with them.
I’m not saying salty snacks don’t have a place, but the goal is for families to associate snacking with real food most of the time. And there’s proof in the marketplace with products like KIND Healthy Snacks that such a shift is not only possible, but happening.
According to KIND’s website “KIND is a brand of all natural whole nut and fruit bars made from ingredients you can see and pronounce and it’s also a movement that gives new purpose to snacking.”
You may have seen them in the stores or already are a fan. All of their bars have see-through packages to highlight the nuts and fruit showing they indeed use real food and their line of whole grain clusters are chock-full of a variety of whole grains.
I received a complementary box of their bars and healthy grains to try. I used to eat bars all the time but after a while felt like they were just dressed up candy bars and moved them to occasional use. But when you look at the ingredients in these bars and try them you can tell they are different. And they taste really good!
I like to have them in my purse, especially on the days I work. I find that I bring something for mid-morning but am left with nothing to eat in the afternoon (and that doesn’t put mommy in a very good mood picking up the kids). I love topping the healthy grains on yogurt or having them with some milk when I’m home. For little ones, some of the bars may be too tough to chew or a choking hazard younger kids, but there is enough variety to find something the kids will like including the healthy whole grain clusters.
Here is a quick review of their products:
Kind Fruit and Nuts: These include whole nuts, fruit and a drizzle of honey. Some of the flavors include almond and coconut, peanut butter and strawberry, and almond and apricot.
Kind Plus: These have additional nutrients like protein, fiber and antioxidants. Some of the flavors include Cranberry Almond + antioxidants, Blueberry Pecan + fiber and Peanut butter dark chocolate + protein.
Kind Nuts and Spices: (with 5g or less of sugar) These are made with spices like cinnamon and ginger along with whole nuts and fiber. Some of the flavors include Dark chocolate cinnamon pecan, cashew and ginger spice, and dark chocolate nuts and sea salt.
Kind Healthy Grains: These whole grain clusters are an alternative to granola with a variety of whole grains perfect as a cereal or topped on yogurt. For example, the Peanut Butter Whole Grain clusters contain peanuts, amaranth, oats, millet, buckwheat and quinoa. These are mine and Little D’s favorite!
The best part about these products is the taste matches the nutrition and one of you will get a FREE sampler including 4 of each of the bars (total of 12) and 2 of the Healthy Grains for a retail value of $40.00. And don’t miss the giveaway going on at Jill’s site for Organic Girl.
Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:
1) Mandatory entry: Leave a comment about how you define snacking in your home.
2) For a second entry: Join our Fearless Feeding Community (LIKE) on Facebook and leave a comment here saying you did. If you already like us, you can tell a friend about it.
3) For a third entry: Like KIND Healthy Snacks on Facebook.
4) For a fourth entry “Like” or tweet this page. Again, leave another comment.
One winner will be chosen using random.org. The winners will be announced on Raise Healthy Eater’s Facebook Page. This giveaway ends next Wednesday, March 25th, at midnight.
You must be 18 to enter. Products shipped within the US only.