In our world of convenience and being on the run, it’s hard to find non-toxic and healthy cereals and snacks for young kids. Grocery aisles are littered with products full of artificial flavours and colours, and nasty chemicals. Here are a few I’ve come across that meet my standards for green and healthy.
Earth’s Best organic has partnered with Sesame Street to make awesome cereals and snacks for kids. I love that there are no artificial flavours, colors, or preservatives, and they use organic evaporated cane juice as a sweetener instead of white sugar. Some of our favorites are the Crunchin’ Crackers (featuring Elmo & Big Bird head shaped crackers), and Letter of the Day Cookies (square cookies with big letters on them, oatmeal cinnamon or vanilla).
The Letter of the Day Cookies are usually available at Wal-Mart for $3.27 as you can see here. The Crunchin’ Crackers are a little harder to come by, but I occasionally see them at Superstore.
Earth’s Best also makes my favourite disposable diaper, along with many other baby & kid products.
Another brand with a variety of crackers is Annie’s. Although not 100% organic, they use non-GMO ingredients, and no artificial flavours or colours. The Cheddar Bunnies are our favourites, and they are regularly carried at Wal-Mart (pictured below for $3.97), Safeway, Planet Organic, Sobey’s, London Drugs, and Save-on-Foods, and online at well.ca. These stores usually also carry the Bunny Grahams, and Fruit Snacks (read my review on these here). Costco has snack-size packages of 3 flavours of bunny crackers (30 in a box, 10 of each flavour, including Cheddar Bunnies, Bunny Grahams Chocolate, Bunny Grahams Honey). You may also see different kinds of Annie’s mac & cheese in these stores, a great alternative to Kraft Dinner. (Update: November 14, 2014: Annie’s has now been bought out by General Mills. There is a lot of debate over whether Annie’s will maintain its non-GMO ways, as General Mills is known to support campaigns against GMO labeling.)
Late July snacks are all organic non-GMO snacks. They carry some great ritz-type crackers, cheese crackers, and my daughter’s favourite: peanut butter sandwich crackers (pictured below). Yum! These are available at Planet Organic, Blush Lane Organic Market, and sometimes I’ve seen them at Save-on-Foods. I often get them from well.ca when they’re on sale too. Late July also makes some delicious gluten-free chips (a hit for adults and kids alike!)
For cereal, my absolute favourite brand is Nature’s Path. They are all organic, vegetarian, and non-GMO. They have a huge line of cereals (hot and cold), granolas, cereal bars, and even waffles. One of my daughter’s favourite cereals is the Whole O’s. She also really loves their ENVIROKIDZ line with awesome animals on the boxes, and she loves their Crispy Rice bars.
Every product I’ve tried from this brand I have loved. Plus it is getting to be pretty mainstream, available at pretty much any grocery or drug store you’d go to, as well as the organic markets. Why get regular old cereal when you can get the organic version? They have several gluten-free options too! (Update March 29, 2013: These cereals and granolas usually run somewhere between $5-6 per box, and I’ve seen them at Save-on-Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway, London Drugs, and Costco. I often see them on sale at London Drugs for2/$7.)
(Update March 29, 2013) For the Gluten-Free crowd: A friend got me started on Suzie’s Thin Cakes (pictured here from my Costco shopping cart post) as a nice alternative to the regular circular rice cakes. So far I have seen brown rice ones, and pictured here are corn ones (both with flax and quinoa). My daughter likes these as well (to her, they are the “square rice cakes”).
What are your favourite organic or natural snacks and cereals?
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