Friday, December 31, 2010

Trader Joe's freeze dried fruit

The twins are really into freeze dried fruits and veggies these days. These freeze dried mango, banana and strawberry from Trader Joe's - success! Also, all one ingredient items - a big YAY.

My son likes the mangoes and my daughter the 'stawbeyye.' They both accept the banana only when we run out of fresh ones.

Apparently, they also carry freeze dried lychees, dragon fruit and mangosteen! I have yet to find them in the Trader Joe's I go to.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Beanitos bean and flax chips

I didn't buy these Beanitos (my MIL was/is going through a flaxseed phase) for the kids but when they saw us munching on them they demanded a taste. They were a bit salty (the cheddar dusting on them) for me but my daughter loved them. My son not so much.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ritz garlic herb crackerfuls

Another savory snack attempt. The kids break them open (garlic herb crackerfuls from Ritz) and eat the cracker without the garlic-herb filling. I don't think I will be buying anymore of these. Iam OK with the sugar and high fructose corn syrup in limited amounts but not sure about the high oleic canola/soybean oil, and partially hydrogenated cottonseed/soybean oil.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tofutti cheese blintzes

The kids are going through another I-dont-like-milk phase and even Iam sick of cheese sticks. I tried the regular cheese blintzes (forgot the brand) and the kids hated them (they smelled eggy-fishy.) These tofutti Mintz's Blintzeswere a big hit though. They do have more sugar (16 grams) and less protein (3 grams) than I like so the twins get them as dessert once in a while.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trader Joe's mushroom turnovers

Yet another attempt at a savory snack. While I love mushrooms of any and all kinds, the twins have not warmed up to them yet. I really liked these mushroom turnovers from Trader Joe's but my son would not even touch them. My daughter after a lot of coaxing, took a teeny-tiny bite and put it aside declaring she was "all done."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nabisco fire roasted tomato wheat thins stix

One more savory snack the twins will eat if nothing else is offered. Actually these fire roasted tomato flavored wheat thin sticks from Nabisco have sugar, invert sugar and malt syrup. Still,they managed to keep the sugar to 4 grams for 14 pieces.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gnu Foods all natural bars

Aother line of snacks everyone loves and is good for them. Gnu fods bars have some organic ingredients and all of them contain their trademark high fiber blend - whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax and millet. They have no artificial preservatives or chemicals and most of them are sweetened with fruit juices.

My son loves the banana walnut and my daughter the chocolate brownie. They both walk around eating the lemon ginger bars declaring 'I don't like it, I don't like it." I haven't found any other flavors in the stores in my area yet.

I never thought I would ever be interested in any -of-the-month club, but Iam seiously considering their joy-of-fiber club.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Genesis Today resveratrol juice

One more juice from Genesis Today - not that I need to worry about the twins cardio-vascular health (they do not sit still for a minute) or healthy aging but it's never too early to start.

Resveratrol contains grape, apple, pear, black cherry, blueberry, pomegranite and cranberry. It is also chock full of vitamins and minerals and has 27 grams of sugar for an 8 ounce serving. The twins get it diluted with milk. They don't overly like it (like the orange omega) but they don't dislike it either.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Genesis Today omega orange juice

After buying Bolthouse Farms juices for so long I decided to look around for their competitors products. Genesis Today juices come a close second - my only gripe is that their juices are reconstituted from concentrates and additional nutrients and flavors added (the DHA is from algal oil.) This omega orange has orange, apple, pear, acerola, goji and papaya. It has 90 calories for an 8 ounce serving and only 13 grams of sugar.

The twins get it diluted with milk and they love it. The first few times my son took to crying for more. I would cave in and fix him some more which would lead to a runny tummy. Now I am more firm about seconds or add more milk than juice and everyone is happy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Newtons fruit crisps

These Newtons fruit crisps from Nabisco are great. Each packet has 2 thin crispy bars with an even thin layer of filling. At 50 calories a piece and 4 grams sugar, this is the perfect dessert. They are happy with just 1 and I don't feel too guilty abut it.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Veggie Patch broccoli bites

I like Veggie Patch's portabella bites but the kids don't. With these broccoli bites, they have a love hate relationship. Some days they can't have enough of them and some days they can't stand them.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pillsbury cheese and spinach savorings

Another attempt at a savory snack. And just like with the samosas, they peel off the pastry layer and put the stuffing aside.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Back to Nature triple ginger cookies

The triple ginger in these cookies from back to Nature are crystallized ginger, ground ginger and ginger extract. They also have evaporated cane juice, sugar (in the crystallized ginger) and molasses. With 9 grams of sugar for 5 cookies I decided it wasn't too bad.

They could not believe it when amma put 3 (3 whole cookies!) cookies each in front of them. After a few suspicious nibbles they were on their way. But neither one asked for more.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Deep samosas

These potato samosas from Deep foods are supposed to be deep fried. I cheat and bake them with a little cooking spray or tossed in olive oil. The twins get all excited about the 'saaamos' and then procced to peel off the outer layer and put the stuffing aside. I have tries spinach and cheese, chicken and lamb but in all cases its only the shell they like and eat. I hope Deep comes out with a whole wheat shell or something. Sigh!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dole real fruit bites

My nutritionist (sis-in-law) recommended these 'real fruit bites' from Dole over the sugary fruit snacks that the twins developed a liking for.

They do have added sugar and are very different in look and texture from other fruit snacks. My son will run and hunt for them in the pantry if he finds the door open. My daughter eats them on somedays but rejects them on others.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Veggie crunchers from Amport Foods

The veggie crunchers here are sweet potato, taro, carrot, green beans and squash. These are cooked in a vacuum cooker and have oil and sea salt apart from dextrin from Tapioca.

Some vegatables are cut thicker than the others. So even though they are not chewy they tend to be hard for the kids to munch on. If I pre-sort the thinner ones the kids will happily finish them but if they run into a thick one they refuse to eat anymore.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Snapea crisps from Calbee

These Snapea Crisps from Calbee were such a resounding success that I now buy them by the dozen from Amazon. A big deal is that they do not loose their crispness even after several days outside.

They are made up of green peas, corn oil, rice, salt, calcium carbonate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C.)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Apple chips from Sunrise Valley

I picked up these apple chips from Sunrise Valley along with the pear chips, another one-ingredient snack. However they contain sulphites which Iam not too comfortable with - I bought these because I could no longer find yoga chips.

These are cut thicker and hence some of the pieces are chew-ier. The kids did not like them anyway.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pear chips from Fun Fruit

These pear chips from Fun Fruit were a huge hit. I bought just one packet because I wasn't sure how they would be. After the twins went through the bag in one sitting (and my son started crying for more) I went online to find out more and stock up.

I did not find any information about them and so I fished out the bag and looked at it closely. It is a one-ingredient product (a big YAY) but it is made in China (a not so big YAY in my book.)

I am still on the fence about this. The kids like it very much though, so maybe once in a while.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Liquid breakfast

Just to make it clear this post is about MY liquid breakfast. As every mom knows some days you just need it in the morning. These kir royale and mimosa jams from Stonewall Kitchen are just perfect - they actually have real champagne! Even with added sugar they are not overpoweringly sweet.

I prefer the kir royal and will be looking for their bellini and raspberry-peach champagne. While surfing their website I saw that they have a roasted garlic onion jam made with garlic, onion, vinegar, oil and sugar which I will not be looking for.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Birthday cupcakes

This weekend the twins got a cupcake each for their birthday. Giant oversized ones made especially for them by the lovely ladies of Muppet Cupcakes.

By the time they picked off the flowers/stars (my son got a violet one with stars, I did not have a chance to take a good picture) and worked through the frosting, they just stared at the cake in a stupor. Too bad - the cake was the best part.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus chocolate

The kids hated this - even diluted with milk (which is how they get all their 'juich.') I bought it for the protein and 21 nutrient blend.

It was a bit chalky (even though the label claims it's not) but otherwise fine. I finished it happily.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bolthouse farms Hawaiian holiday

While still looking for their prickly-pear-cactus-lemonade I came across this passion-orange-guave juice from Bolthouse Farms.

The guava is there but something about the juice itself was not quite there. None of us were impressed with it - I think the bar was sort of set high by their swamp juice and C-boost.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bear Naked grain-ola bars

I thought the grain-ola texture of these Bear Naked bars would put the kids off. But the texture isn't that granola-ey and apart from ascorbic and citric acids all the other ingredients are all natural.

My son really likes them but my daughter will take her time to finish this 'cookie.'

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pure raw fruit and nut bars

Another great 'cookie' that the twins like or dislike depending on the flavor. These fruit and nut bars from Pure are made with all natural organic ingredients.

I personally like the wild blueberry but the kids are crazy about the cherry cashew.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Larabar fruit and nut bars

Once I convinced the twins that soft cereal bars were cookies I slowly started switching to all natural and more varied food bars. These Larabars have nothing added to them. For example their cashew cookie has 2 ingredients - cashews & dates and the banana bread has almonds, dates and bananas.

The twins very a bit hesitant at first as they are more chewy than what they are used to.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Toaster strudel from Pillsbury

I bought these Pillsbury toaster strudels to introduce something new at breakfast. I served them without the frosting though. My son took to them right away but my daughter accepted them at my 3rd attempt.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bagel-fuls from Kraft

My very own nutritionist (sis-in-law) mentioned how she didn't really like these bagel-fuls from Kraft because there was too little filling for her taste. So of course I had to get the twins to try them - there will definitely come a time when they will be eating "cream cheese with bagel."

A big hit! They like the cinnamon flavor more than the strawberry and cream cheese.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stroopwafels from Shady Maple Farms

A true dessert the twins get once in a while - they love what they call their waffle-cookies. And they came up with that name all by themselves.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fruit snacks from Market Pantry

These mixed fruit snacks from Target were accepted with ambivalence. They sat there for some time and then half of them ended up on the floor.

I will be cutting back on the fruit snacks though - apart from vitamin C it's just more sugar they don't need.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bunny fruit snacks from Annie's

The twins did not like these bunny fruit snacks from Annie's. I tried a few but they tasted the same as the other brands to me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Real fruit twists from Archer Farms

I read about these fruit twists in a parenting magazine and decided to give them a try. The twins have had dried fruit before, so this was not entirely new. However these are much more moist (read sticky, and a pain to clean up after) than many of the others out there and my daughter especially loves them.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mini sandwich crackers from Market Pantry

The twins really like cheese sandwich crackers. Any brand is fine so I switched to the target store brand. I still buy the mini versions because there is less mess to clean up after.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Autumn wheat cereal from Kashi

I have had a lot of success with Kashi products. These wheat cereal pillows looked like a good snack to introduce to the kids but the twins rejected them. I think it's because they are too dry to eat straight.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Grain beryy thinny-thin thins from The Silver Palate

I am on my third box of these thinny-thin thins from the Silver Palate. These are some tasty crackers (AND only 2 grams of sugar per serving) - my son agrees with me, my daughter not really.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cheese straws from Archer Farms

A savory snack which the twins refused because it had a real kick to it. But it was really cheesy too - in a nice way that is. I will reintroduce in a few months when they can handle more spicy stuff.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sourdough squares from Archer Farms

Iam always on the lookout for savory snacks for the twins. These sourdough squares looked like a good bet but the twins didn't take to them. I think they were a bit too hard for them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kellog's special K chocolatey delight.

The chocolate in it tastes like wax. Shudder. The flakes though are a totally different story. They are large, crisp and lightly sweetened. The kids saw me pouring it into a bowl one morning and wanted to try.

The individual flakes make a nice snack for them - they can keep eating and eating and not fill up. I usually give them a few before meals (sort of an appetizer while Iam scrambling to put a meal together) when they are fussy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Whole wheat parathas from Kawan

I use these whole wheat parathas from Kawan to make quesadillas. These are great for on the go too. The twins like them for the most part - I have to get the amount of shredded cheese I put in there just right. Too much and it's too salty for them, too little and it's just not enticing enough (I think.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Omega-3 milk

I have switched to omega-3 (my second obsession, first being whole grains) milk. The kids are actually asking for and drinking milk occasionally now.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Four fruits spread from St. Dalfour

Since I had much success with St. Dalfour before, I picked up their Four Fruits spread when I came across it. It has strawberries, raspberries, cherries and black raspberries in equal quantities.

Even though it is sweetened with only grape juice concentrate, it has 11grams sugar per tablespoon so I use it judiciously. The twins like it with yogurt as well as on bread.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hartley's blackcurrant jam

I think black currant is a fruit that is really not getting it's fair share of popularity/publicity. I read about it awhile ago and how describing it's benefits would start sounding like a snake oil advertisement, "twice the antioxidants of blueberries, four times the vitamin C of orange juice, as much potassium as bananas…."

Ever since I have been on the lookout for black currant containing products and I came across this jam by Hartley's recently. The kids were OK with it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Guava jelly from Goya

I like guavas especially the ones with pink insides. So when I saw this guava jelly from Goya, I bought it. A total disappointment. It did not have any guava flavor/taste and has corn syrup, fructose and sugar. Yup, all three of them.

With that much sugar, I thought the twins would eat it up (mixed with yogurt) but they rejected it outright. I won't be offering it to them again.

Friday, October 8, 2010

NUTELLA

For me there is salt, pepper and nutella. In a food blog you don't think to blog about salt, right? Which is why even though the kids have been eating it for a long time, I didn't mention it.

Sadly, the twins are not as crazy about it as their amma. But then they have not had a crepe with nutella and bananas. or a nutella pie. or a nutella cheese cake. or a nutella brownie. or a nutella………

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Curried red lentil soup from Pacific Foods

The twins have tried many kinds of lentils and lentil soups so this curried red lentil soup from Pacific Foods really did not get a reaction from them.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pepperidge Farm 15 grain bread

Some days I am a slacker. Then I have to buy bread. This 15 whole grain bread from Pepperidge farm is not as grainy or hearty as it looks and sounds. Actually I was a bit disappointed. The twins though didn't seem to care or just didn't let on if they did.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Trader Joe's mango yogurt parfait

It has mango in it so of course I had to try it. Trader Joe's is a mixed bag when it comes to yogurts and this one is a hit. Probably has something to do with the 23 grams of sugar in it. I diluted it with full fat yogurt and split it between the two.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

B-healthy and B-well from Stonyfield

The cold season started and my yogurt is not setting firm every time. So Iam back to flavored yogurts. By now the kids have been eating yogurt every. single. day. For over a year. They are still not sick of it, but in terms of flavor they don't perk up at new ones anymore.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kashi blackberry graham bars

Yet another 'cookie' the twins like very much. These are great while out-and-about too.

Sunday, September 26, 2010