I often get asked by my friends and family why I try so hard to feed my daughter healthy things when I myself eat so many sugary sweets! If you read my blog, you might wonder the same thing ;) Well, the answer is easy - I want her to have a better and healthier lifestyle. They say that what a baby/toddler eats during the first few years will help establish their eating habits for the rest of their lives. So if I can get her off to a right start now, I will hopefully raise a healthy eater. (Clearly, I was fed way too much sugar when I was a child because I have the worst sweet tooth of anyone I know!)
So, I do many things to ensure that she is eating well. I limit her salt intake and avoid processed foods whenever possible. I feed her fresh or frozen vegetable instead of canned vegetables. I only give her milk or water, never fruit juice (pediatricians discourage giving children fruit juice due to the high sugar content and low nutritional value). I limit her sugar intake - she did not have any refined sugar until she was 22 months old and now that she is older she is allowed to have some, but I try to limit the amount of refined sugar she consumes. Refined sugar has a higher glycemic index and will cause her to get a super sugar high (and then a big crash, which makes tantrums more likely).
Given all of this, I've had quite a time trying to find healthy snacks for her to eat. You don't realize how everything has sugar in it until you start reading labels and looking for things that don't have added sugar! (Not to mention how manufacturers will sometimes try to hide the sugar in their ingredients list by using dextrose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) So, when I stumbled upon Peeled Snacks at Starbucks, I was really excited. Could a dried fruit snack with no added sugar, just fruit, really taste good?
Well, the folks at Peeled Snacks were kind enough to send me one of their Organic Fruit Picks Variety Packs that includes several of their organic fruit snacks: pine-4-Pineapple, much-ado-about-Mango, Banan-a-peel, Apricot-a-lot, Cherry-go-round and Apple-2-the-core. My favorite was the apricot; I'm not sure what it is about them (maybe they're sweeter?), but I found them to be much better than the ones we usually get from Sam's Club. I loved them all, but didn't care much for the dried banana - the pieces were a little tough (my daughter still loved them).
What did my little girl think about the variety pack? Well, her favorites are the dried pineapple, dried apples, and dried cherries. She will pretty much oblige to anything for some Peeled Snacks! :) I can't tell you nice it is, as a parent, to be able to find healthy snacks that my daughter loves.
Would you like to try some Peeled Snacks, too? Enter now to win your own Organic Fruit Picks Variety Pack. Just go to the Peeled Snack website and check out their Organic Fruit Picks Variety Pack, then leave me a comment here, telling me which type of dried fruit is your favorite (or which one you'd like to try most). For one additional entry, "like" Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats on Facebook, then come back here leave a second comment telling me that you "liked" my page.
This giveaway is open to US Residents only, and will be open until midnight Central Time on December 20th. Please note that comment moderation is in place, so your comment may not appear immediately. Also please make sure that you leave your email address if you don't have one associated with your profile! (I already have one comment from "unknown" and would have no way to contact him/her if he/she wins!)