“ Brand: Organix / Age: 12 months „
I am constantly surprised with the huge amount of baby snacks there are on the market now compared to when I had my eldest son, there's practically a supermarket aisle dedicated to baby snacks! With so many available it can be confusing to know where to start! I, personally, put ingredients way above everything else having always breast fed and then home cooked my babies food I like to know exactly what they are having, I am very careful with treats, I do not want anything with artificial colours of flavourings, e numbers, hydro fats, or anything considered unhealthy - if it is bad for an adult it's going to be worse for a tiny immune system.
I turned to pre packed snacks purely for the convenience of them to carry around in changing bags, they are also a cheap way to get decent food into your baby, fruit can be expensive when you buy a lot of it and doesn't often have a long shelf life. I wanted something I could take out in my changing bag if we were away from the house for the day that I could just pass to baby as and when, with bananas for example babys tend to have them in chunks meaning you quite often end up with a rotting banana somewhere in your bag!
Having tried one these curly crisps myself I would say they taste quite plan but then my taste buds are a few decades older than babys so am sure they have a lovely taste for him without being too strong.
I buy these every week and have never had any kind of problem with them, 5* baby product!
Ok, 2nd child, and i felt that i was never quite as good with the toddler diet as I was with my first child. So i was immensly smug and self appreciating when I discovered the wonderful organix Cheese and Herb puffs in our local supermarket. Just imagine how much better these corn snacks must be than a packet of quavers or mini cheddars. We are talking very low salt, very low saturated fat due to the product being baked and not fried. All flavours are organic, with it being stated that no artifical flavours are used at all. So much better for and tailored to our little ones dietary requirements than more familiar brands like quavers, wotsits etc.
Basic Ingredients are:
Organic Corn (71%) Organic Sunflower Oil (15%) Organic Cheese Powder [12% (50% organic mature cheddar cheese, 50% organic skimmed milk powder)] Organic Dried Parsley (Less than 1%) Sea Salt (Less than 1 %) *Sea Salt has no organic certification
The puffs are from 12 months onwards and this is probably a good guide as my only quibble would be that because they are corn, just like wotsits, they do get stuck in little (and big) teeth. But to be honest this is not really a major problem in the grand scheme of things. Packets are available in 25g individual for approx 50-60p and also in packs of 4 for approx £1.50 but in slightly smaller packs or 15g. The puffs are really crammed in their packets so offer really good value for money as they often stretch to further snack sittings as opposed to being eaten all in one go. These little jems are a real winner in our house, with my 7 year old liking them too. So quickly children are introduced to food that maybe isnt balanced enough for their systems so its great that there are products out there that help me to look after my childrens wellbeing but without taking the fun out of snacks.
Would recommend this to other mothers who need to occupy a child for a few mins with something yummy that isnt a chocolate bar!
While in Boots the other day a large yellow bag caught my eye - Organix Goodies Cheese & Herb Puffs - These got to be better than the usual Quavers I buy my twins was my first thought so I bought the multibag preparing myself for a needy cause a scene moment I often suffer whilst out shopping (you know them screaming kids we all love to hate lol).
Organix are a brand suited to both babies and toddlers promising No Junk in any of their products.
You can buy these puffs in single packets or in a multibag of 4.
The packets are smaller than the usual Quavers I buy, just a perfect childlike size. A bright green and yellow packet so very appealing sitting on shop shelves. On the front of the packet it has the No Junk Promise;
Reduced salt and fat
No MSG or Added Flavourings
MSG stands for Monosodium Glutamate. MSG is a food additive which can often be found used in snack foods (crisps), frozen and tinned foods and even takeaway foods as a flavour enhancer. Health Experts have deemed MSG as a dangerous substance and it has been linked to migraines, asthma, depression and Alzheimer's, but has never been confirmed as an actual cause. With this added it basically means you food is somewhat fake and messed with. So you can see why it is pleasing to see these crisps do not contain MSG especially as they are suitable for young children.
On the back it says - At least a third less salt and fat than found in most childrens snacks.
Pefect I thought! I read on..
A 15g bag contains;
These bags are full to the brim with puffs unlike other crisps I've purchased. They are shaped very similar to wotits, only I'd say a little shorter. That is where the similarity ends though. Each crisp is pale creamy yellow in colour with dottings of green which I'm assuming is the herbs for the flavouring.
They are very easy for a baby/toddler to eat so perfect to use while weaning or introducing hand foods - depending on your child. They have a very slight crunch, but as soon as they hit the warmth and wetness of your mouth they melt so a child could eat them with ease and parents have no worries of choking. These would make a brilliant snack for young babies with not many teeth too - obviously they wont be able to bite through them but seeing as they melt with the wetness of your mouth and heat it is easy for a baby to gum to be able to soften them and get used to a new taste at the same time.
To be honest these puffs don't hold alot of flavour there is just a slight hint of cheese with the added tang of the herbs. But of course these crisps are not meant for me and this amount of flavouring is ideal for a young child. With these crisps they can try new tastes and textures without being overpowered by the flavouring, salt and fat that is in the crisps we eat. I expected them to be a light tasting snack without a prominant overpowering cheesy flavour as of course they contain no MSG therefore the flavours are not enhanced in anyway they are just natural.
It does say on the bags that these are suitable for children aged 12months plus, but I gave them to my boys when they were 11months. Of course being under 12months they could swallow them whole and struggle as they don't understand the concept of chewing or gumming foods before swallowing them but we all know our own children and know when they are ready to try snacks such as these.
There is just one thing which disapoints me with these crisps and that is the high price tag, but I am one who always says most of the time you get what you pay for and if you are considering your childs health then these are worth the money. A multibag costs roughly £1.50 for just 4 bags, and a single bag is over 40p. But each bag is not half crisps and half air, these instead are full to the top with crisps. I still buy these now for my boys and they are coming up 19months, I feel better buying these for them rather than Quavers or Wotsits as not only are these a great snack for them they have the added health benefit.
I would reccomend these to any parent looking for a suitable snack for their child as I'm sure they would be a hit!
Organix curly cheese puffs are basically when you think about it, a much healthier alternative to wotsits. My son (now two) enjoys these very much, and having tasted them myself, they are nice. A light corn snack, the flavour isn't as prominent as the usual crisps on the market, but this is because they contain no MSG or added flavourings and are also low in salt (0.1g per 15g packet.)
These are not suitable for children under 12 months, and are made with organic ingredients including cheese and herbs. They also contain less fat than other brands of crisps, although it's worth remembering fat is an essential component of a growing child's diet - preferably the healthy omega types.
I feel much happier offering my little boy these as a snack, as opposed to other brands, especially because of the low salt content. So many packaged foods are loaded with way more salt than our bodies ever need, especially children who hardly need much at all to function normally! I think the small 15g bags are just the right amount too, after all they are snacks and shouldn't dull the child's apetite for their main meals.
My only problem with these snacks is the somewhat extortionate price point they are sold at. Understandably this is down to them being a product made from organic ingredients, personally I am not so much into buying organic. It is probably healthier, but not a luxury I can particularly afford. I make an exception with the Organix brand because I find no other healthy alternatives for children on the market really. Even low fat crisps by other manufacturers still tend to contain a lot of salt.
A four pack bag of these cheese and herb puffs costs £1.36 which works out to 34p a bag. For the small amount in each bag I do think this is relatively expensive.
I have been getting Organix products since my 3-yr old son was a baby, in the form of breakfast cereals, and it is generally a brand I like getting for my children as they stated on their packaging that firstly the ingredients are organic, and they contain no added flavourings, which I will explain.
I wanted to get some snacks for my 13 month-old daughter because she only had a couple of teeth and did not chew anything, just swallowed big lumps, which was not good for her, and also she risked choking. So I saw these snacks which looked like Wotsits but without monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is a chemical flavour enhancer, and which contained less fat and salt than other childrens's snacks. They also have a list of the ingredients used on the back (which isn't many) so you can see what goes into the crisps.
The crisps are a cheese and herb flavour, and my daughter just loves picking them up herself and munching away; it also has the added benefit of containing cheese, which I want her to eat more of (she won't drink milk anymore) so anything with dairy in, however small, is a plus for me.
These snacks taste good, have some calcium and carbohydrate so not just a snack with no nutritional value, and also helps your toddler develop independence, hand-to-eye coordination, and reduces choking (they practically melt in your mouth). The price was a bit steep, but it generally is for baby snacks; I paid about £1.50 for three packets in a multipack.
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This is my absolute favorite product for kids!
Why I think it is even better if adults ate them too, instead of normal crisps.
Where I live in Ireland, a single pack of 33g crisps costs around 60c, so these which cost 55c is really a bargain!
True they don't have as good a flavor as cheese doodles, but the fact is that what most people don't realize is that the reason it tastes so good is that it is full of junk.
And Please dont just look at the fat and salt quantity's that is just the stuff that widens your waist, what you really should be worried about is the MSG and E- numbers.
What is MSG? MSG (monosodium glutamate) is considered by health experts as a dangerous substance, but still it finds its way into almost EVERY crisp bag. Why? Because it enhances the taste of any kind of salty food. The whole thing isn't easily explained, but if you want more info check out this website http://www.msgtruth.org/
Then there are the E numbers to watch out for, they are found in almost every processed food available on the market, these additives have been linked to the rise of childrens allergies but again no action has been taken to restrict these from our supermarkets. Check out http://www.safekids.co.uk/ENumbersToAvoid.html for a list of E-numbers which are harmful for kids, then check out the ingredients list of your food in the fridge.
Now I am not the type of person who freaks out over every cancer scare around, after all you could get run over by a car on the way to work tomorrow. However, it wont stop me from trying to eliminate it from my daughters diet, while she is going through the most important growing stage of her life.
That is why I was thrilled when my local store started stocking this range! This brand is now the only one I buy when I want a treat for my daughter, and her favorite are these Curly Puffs.
She loves every flavor they come in, and will finish off a bag in record time!
The one downside is that they make a huge mess! The coating of the Puffs, sticks to her hands and subsequently to whatever her hand touches...
But as long as you catch them before they "paint" the house, it isn't such a big deal.
Now please I hope I have made you more mindful about the dangers of MSG and E-Numbers, do try to avoid them when possible
Ingredients: Organic Corn (71%), Organic Sunflower Oil (15%), Organic Cheese Powder (12%), 50% Organic Mature Cheddar Cheese and 50% Organic Skimmed Milk Powder), Organic Dried Parsley (Less than 1%), *Sea Salt (Less than 1%)
These are fabulous when you have a small child who wants a bag of crisps like his older sibling, and you don't want him to have all the salt in the 'real' crisps. Even better if you can persuade the older child to have these too, I suppose.
The main advantage of these crisps is that they have less salt. They have 0.3g of sodium in a 100g. I compare this to 0.6g in a 100g in Tesco Value Ready Salted Crisps. They are also lower fat (18g instead of 34g) but that doesn't really matter - children need fat!
My children liked to eat them so I guess they taste ok! They are little corn puff things so easy to hold and bite/chew. They are covered in powdery stuff so they can be a bit messy (think Wotsits, but not orange!).
The ingredients are listed as: Organic Corn 71%, Organic Sunflower Oil 15%, Organic Cheese Powder 12% (50% Organic Mature Cheddar Cheese, 50% Organic Skimmed Milk Powder), Organic Dried Parsley Less Than 1%, Junk 0%, TOTAL 100%, Sea Salt has no organic certification.
Wheat-free, gluten-free, and organic. No MSG either.
It says they are suitable from 12 months, although I don't see any reason why a younger child couldn't eat these.
At 33p for a 15g bag they're a lot more expensive than a normal bag of crisps, though.
Corn snack coated with cheese & herbs.