When its comes to baby snacks, I like to think that most of the time we try and make good choices for Edie. If we’re at home and it’s snack time, we usually give her berries, or a banana or another piece of fruit. But when it comes to travelling ( and as neither of us are from Dublin we do a fair bit of that) we’ve learned the hard way that snacks need to be of the drier variety – and to be honest I’ve struggled with that as it is important to me to feed her natural foods as much as I can. After a good dozen car journeys where we’ve had blueberry and banana vomit, I knew I needed to find her something that was a little less upsetting to a travelling tummy, but was also healthy.
Learning from experience
Trying to make early healthy choices for Edie has probably come from a lifetime of making the wrong ones myself. Born with a sweet tooth, I am determined that when she is older she will mostly reach for snacks that don’t come in purple wrappers. So, over the last few months I’ve spent some time trying out some products that, although they are packaged are nutritious, are easy on her tummy and are healthy little treats when she needs one, after all everything in moderation!
Organix Goodies – ( available in Tesco, Dunnes and SuperValu)
Organix is a brand that some of my other Mammy friends had mentioned to me – and their brand mantra of making tasty on the go foods for babies and toddlers using ‘only organic ingredients and no junk’ was certainly enough for me to want to find out a little more about them.
Their Cheese and herb puffs for example, are made only from corn, mature cheese and a little dried parsley and sunflower oil, and they’ve gone down really well as part of a snack (maybe with a few pieces of orange) that tides us over until we finish the journey to Nanny’s. Products start for babies aged 6 months and up and there’s lots to choose from, we love the rice cakes in this house too.
Innocent smoothies – Just For Kids (available in Tesco, Dunnes and SuperValu)
I’m a big fan of Innocent as a brand, for years i’ve been using their cookbook to make smoothies that don’t sound delicious but actually are. When my iron fell low after having Edie it’s fair to say I almost fed myself completely from their book, and when I was out and about knew that whatever I picked up from them was loaded with goodness and nothing else.
Edie has been under the weather this week, and while I normally make my own smoothies it was very handy to pick up their Just for Kids smoothie range when I was out and about the other day. I love knowing that there is nothing in it other than oranges mangoes and pineapple – yes that’s it no funny stuff, so again it’s a top car snack for travelling or for a quick healthy fix when I know Edie needs a little extra goodness.
Glenisk Organic Baby bio yogurts – Assorted flavours (available in Tesco, Dunnes and SuperValu)
As with Innocent, Glenisk is a brand that I’ve been buying for Adrian and I for years, we are absolutely a household of yogurt eaters so I wasn’t surprised to find out that Edie loves her ‘yogi’ too!
The yogurts which come in handy little individual packs of four, are tasty snacks that I use as part of her morning creche snack, so add a few raspberries and a banana and its a great little filler upper until lunchtime. I’ve tried a number of baby yogurts and the reason I keep buying these is because as well as Edie loving these, they have no added sugar, no preservatives, colours are made with real fruit puree and have no bits! They also have a reward programme where you can save your tokens from the packaging and sign up to choose rewards from the brand. The baby bios come in a few different flavours, all of which go down well in our house.