We are just starting off the new year, and many of us have made some decisions to exercise more and improve our diet. There’s no better time than a fresh, new year to take stock of your diet and family’s nutrition and make some positive changes.
Made in Nature Snack Products
Our family recently had the opportunity to swap out some of our less healthy snacks for some healthier Made in Nature versions.
Many of you know that I am a HUGE proponent of organic and non-GMO products, so Made in Nature was natural partner for 30 Something Mother Runner!
You may be familiar with Made in Nature’s dried fruit offerings, but you may not now that they have recently expanded their organic snack line!
As a family, we decided to challenge ourselves to make some “healthy snack swaps!” We replaced some of our traditional snacks, think traditional granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc., with Made in Nature Snacks.
Made in Nature Organic Toasted Coconut Chips, Vietnamese Cinnamon Swirl, 16-ounces (1lb), KosherMade in Nature Organic Figgy Pops, 16 OunceMade in Nature, Organic Dried Fruit, Tropical Fusion, 5-1oz Packs
Sample Snack Swaps
Instead of granola bars, the boys had Figgy Pops (people, if you like Larabars, you will LOVE Figgy Pops!). The Figgy Pops are little energy balls flavored with dried cherries, organic figs, cacao nibs and rolled in coconut.
Three Figgy Pops is an awesome swap for a granola bar— with a similar calorie count, you will also get a healthy dose of dietary fiber, protein, iron, and great taste! The boys (all 3!) LOVED them. I think they would also make a great snack to bring on long runs!
We decided to swap out our pretzel snack packs for Tropical Fusion packets. Don’t get me wrong– we love pretzels–however, my children often need some more fruits in their diet than extra carbohydrates. I sent the Tropical Fusion packets in for lunch, and they were a huge hit with my middle son.
These tasty little snack packs contain bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconut, cacao nibs, and a little ginger. They are also nut free! The smaller pieces make them easy for smaller hands to eat, especially since they don’t have a ton of time to eat during snack or lunch at school.
Rosemary Truffle Kale Chips
When we swapped out our regular organic corn tortilla chips for Rosemary Truffle kale chips, not everyone was happy, but you know who was? Shockingly, my 20-month-old LOVES kale chips. He kept going back for more, so it was nice to find a healthy snack to keep on hand when he gets the munchies! 🙂 I couldn’t believe how many kale chips he ate! I loved the addition of the rosemary and chopped up cashews for flavor and texture enhancement.
Our last swap involved dessert. Everyone in my family enjoys dessert, and one of the boys’ favorites is mini ice cream sundaes. We usually top the sundaes with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles. As a healthy snack swap, we decided to try coconut chips instead. They add a great crunchy texture and added flavor (we tried Vietnamese cinnamon and Italian Espresso).
So, go ahead and make your own healthy snack swaps!
Do you have a favorite healthy snack swap?
30 Something Mother Runner received a box of Made in Nature snack products for the purpose of this review. All writing and opinions are 100% my own.