Most parents know what a struggle it can be to make sure your children eat a healthy, well balanced diet. It makes it especially hard when there is so much temptation out there for non-healthy foods. Just turn on the TV in the afternoon or Saturday morning when children are most likely to be watching TV and you’ll find commercial after commercial for foods you would rather your child NOT eat - like candy, sugary fruit juices and cereals that are equivalent to a bowlful of Skittles (no offence to Skittles – my family loves Skittles. :-)).
It’s hard enough to get kids to eat things like vegetables and grilled chicken, let alone have to compete with sweet and delicious snacks and beverages.
My kids are teenagers and they know that candy, chips and soda are not good for them. For the most part they do a good job eating these things in moderation. My kids only have soda when we go out to eat or they are at a party. My daughter won’t drink soda at all.
I would do away with chips in my home but I know kids will be kids and they sometimes crave those “taboo” foods. It’s OK to have them from time to time. We’re all human and we enjoy sweet (or salty) things. You can have them – but in moderation. You also need to look for healthier options like low salt, sugar free and reduced calorie.
Have you ever heard of YummyHealth? YummyHealth is a line of chips, candy bars and sodas that are a bit more healthier then similar products available on the market.
YummyHealth products are lower in sugar and processed starches compared to similar products. Sugars and starches can often cause cravings, mood swings and weight gain in children (and adults!). Even some so called “healthy” snacks have too much sugar and/or processed starches in them.
YummyHealth snacks are made with natural ingredients such as almond butter, flax seed, coconut and cocoa found in their YummySnack Bars. In their YummySnack Chips you’ll find seasonings and real Wisconsin cheese.
You won’t find Gluten, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives or hydronated oils in YummySnack products. That means YummySnack products will provide your child with “fuel” for their bodies that won’t have them bouncing off the walls and “crashing” (what happens when you get too much sugar into your system).
Some of the products YummyHealth offers include Chocolate Blast Bars and YummyHealth Chips in Nacho, Cheddar and Pizza flavors.
YummyHealth sent me some samples to tryout with my kids. I never told them they were “healthier for you” products. I just offered them as an after school snack option. Both of my kids gobbled up the chips and the bars. They didn’t even have an inkling that they were make with natural ingredients and not highly processed ingredients. In fact my daughter asked me to get more of the YummyHealth Bars so she can take them to school with her (sometimes she gets hungry during the day outside of her lunch time).
I did have a chance to taste the bar and chips before my kids ate them all up. For me the chips did taste a bit different than traditional chips (the kind we are used to eating) but the flavoring well made up for it. The chip it’s self tastes a bit different, not the flavoring. That flavors are VERY flavorful. I especially liked the Cheddar flavor chips.
The YummyHealth Chocolate Bar I found a bit too sweet and “chocolately” for my personal preference. It was very rich and sweet. It reminded me of a brownie, but not as thick. My daughter LOVED it. My son too but I think he was more into the chips (I think chocolate is a “girl thing” :-)).
The fact that my kids ate the YummyHealth products and never uttered a word to me about them tasting different or disliking them tells me that other kids, both young children and teens, would probably feel the same way. WE, as parents, know that the snacks are better for them. All they need to know is that they taste great and satisfy their cravings for something sweet, salty and/or crunch.
YummyHealth also makes a soda beverage called Zevia.
I would certainly pick these up for my kids when they are available at local grocery stores. Currently you can only purchase them online and with shipping they can be pricey. For a box of the 12 bars (with shipping) they average $3.62 per bar. A box of 6 snack size bag of chips (with shipping) comes out to $3.32 per bag. While I do like that they are better for my kids than store bought chips and chocolate bars, budget wise they are not “do able” for my family. I am hoping that they make their way to local retailers so that they might be less expensive.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.