Of course we had been spoiled with the great products we had been given in the hamper from Kallikids already, but there were plenty more to choose from. We went for a range providing lower sugar options or sugar substitutes, but we also tried to find entirely different snack options to change the way we eat, rather than just substitute sugar for an artificial sweetener.
Here are some of the products we tried:
The Fruit Shoot was popular! We don’t usually buy things like this unless we’re out for the day or something, but Hugo and Paul were going on a trip to Cambridge, so it was a good opportunity. They were equally as popular as any higher sugar type of option, and it’s good to know we have a go-to drink for if we’re out eating at a pub or similar place.
The gluten free crispbreads were ok, but for me it depends what you put on them! I had them with pate for lunch, and I think it would also be good with the delicious Sweet Freedom chocolate spread from our hamper.
The Tesco Goodness cereal bars were really good. Compared to some of our usual choices which can have 1/3 sugar or more, I was really pleased with these. It is hard to find healthy snacks for children, and I always thought I was giving my children something good with cereal bars instead of KitKats or Penguin biscuits! But it seems a lot of them are almost as bad when it comes to sugar content. These Go Ahead yoghurt covered bars are almost 40% sugar! Switching to the non-yoghurt version saved 1.6g of sugar per bar (but is still 26% sugar per bar!).
The Nairns stem ginger oat biscuits were bought to substitute the usual oat biscuits Paul eats. They are advertised as 40% less sugar, and actually have only 1.7g of sugar per biscuit, or 17% . Paul is still finishing off his old biscuits, but for the sake of science, he has kindly tried one for us, and reports that they are very thin, and more like an oatcake than a biscuit, but taste ok, nice and gingery!
The Greek style yoghurts have yet to be eaten. We tried one set in our smoothies last week, but the other set are awaiting approval (mostly due to the fact that Paul also bought some Muller corner yoghurts with chocolate balls – which do you think the kids would use first?!)
We also bought some Cathedral City cheese and mini toasts in a snack pack. It’s quite an expensive way of doing it, but to try and encourage supper time snacks away from the sweeter type, they were worth a try (and were on offer in Tesco!). They would also be great for packed lunches at school.
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