This post is sponsored by Stonyfield® Organic Kids®, however all opinions are my own (as always!).
If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with just how picky my little boys are! Being extremely picky, it’s been hard to find a good tasting, nutritious snack we all can agree on. And it seems that if we do agree on something, it isn’t for very long. I know finding the perfect snack for your kids can be tough – I battle my kids on eating those healthy good-for-you foods on the daily. But I’ve finally found one that checks all of my boxes for being both delicious and nutritious…while still being something my kids actually want to eat!
Here are 5 Things I Look For In The Perfect Snack For Our Kids…
LESS (SUGAR) IS MORE…
I’ve always believed the saying ‘less is more’. Especially when it comes to sugar. This is particularly true when I need to feed my unruly toddler a quick snack before our supermarket run. I could probably enter Jax into a sprinting competition when he’s had a good dose of sugar after visiting Grandma’s house! That woman is seriously the best Grandma ever, but she loves to sugar our kids up while they are enjoying being spoiled!
Lately, whether we are on the go or have a lot of errands to run, I’ve been finding myself reaching for our new Stonyfield® Organic Kids® Yogurt Pouches to fill up the boys’ bellies. Last year, Stonyfield reduced their sugar content across its yogurt portfolio, boasting 25%-40% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt brand!
Even with the reduced sugar (which this mom really appreciates!), Stonyfield has us hooked with their incredible tasting flavors and creamy texture.
I used to live under the guise that all food that was labelled as being ‘natural’ was indeed so. But sometimes this is just a clever label some companies use to describe their foods while they still use toxic pesticides or antibiotics. Stonyfield® Organic Kids® is certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified – which means they don’t feed their cows GMO feed, and they don’t use toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, GMO’s, or artificial hormones when it comes to making their organic yogurt.
From a mother’s standpoint, that’s incredibly important to me because organically raised cows produce milk that is significantly higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Which means when I choose this quick and easy organic snack for my little guys, I’m helping them choose foods that can help increase good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol. I like to give myself a little mental high-five when I think about their future cholesterol levels ;).
I am constantly out of the house – I’m either running errands, at soccer games, swim classes, or one of Jax’s numerous appointments. And if we’re being honest, I don’t always have time to grab the healthiest snacks when we are hustling and bustling. But we’re talking about my ideal ‘perfect’ snack here, and Stonyfield® Organic Kids® checks yet another box for me (it’s actually the most important one!). With a resealable cap, I can hand Max or Jax a pouch on the way to swim class or the park while they are buckled in their carseats behind me. Stonyfield’s pouches make it easy to pack in a filling and nutritious snack before our engagements. If they don’t eat everything in their pouch, I can reseal it and refrigerate for another 24 hours and serve for their next snack alongside some fresh fruit.
The extra cool thing about their pouches? I can actually freeze them, toss them in Max’s school snack bag, and he has a delicious treat thawed and waiting for him! I love the convenience of the pouches, which turns a fretful car ride with a cranky toddler and whiny 8-year-old into the quiet bliss which comes with full bellies and a no-mess back seat that every mom dreams of ;).
EASILY LOVABLE CHARACTERS
If you haven’t seen Stonyfield® Organic Kids® new look, you’re missing out! I’m loving their cute fruit characters! Featuring a strawberry and banana playing ball together, and a blueberry with a cute cape and mask, Stonyfield has seriously stepped their game up! My kids have been big fans of Stonyfield’s delicious yogurt for years, but are reaching more for their ingenious marketing. I caught sight of Max in the rearview mirror the other day in the backseat flying his blueberry pouch around while making WHOOSH noises because he loved the imagery of his blueberry wearing a cape!
We’re big superhero enthusiasts, so it was fitting.
ONE SNACK WITH SO MANY OPTIONS
If you have a picky toddler like mine that doesn’t listen to reason or logic, and turns up their nose at the very sight of something either all too familiar or not familiar enough, you’ll know why variety plays a huge role in making sure your kids get enough of what they need. For Jax, he’s happy enough with something for just so long before he needs to change things up. Right now, he’s really loving the pouches, but I know soon enough I’ll need to offer another option for him. When that day comes, Stonyfield® Organic Kids® has me covered with their many available yogurt packaging options. I can choose from their cups, smoothies, and tubes when Jax decides pouches are so last week in toddler world.
So there’s my idea of the perfect kids snack! We’ve so enjoyed our Stonyfield® Organic Kids® pouches, and I’m so happy to find a snack both my children can enjoy pretty much anywhere! Have you tried Stonyfield® Organic Kids®? Tell me in the comments below!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® Organic Kids®.