What in your kid’s snacks? Little Bellies giveaway

May 24, 2013

I have never claimed to be a nutritionalist, nor a dietician.

I am a mum and a cook, and I know what my kids will eat if I only give them the choices. I believe education with food is the biggest thing for both carers and children.

I was recently very fortunate to be invited to a ‘Blogger Playgroup’. Being a mostly hermit blogger I jumped at the chance, and lucky I did because I met the lovely Mandy, from Little People Nutrition. 


She’s got me thinking more about not just WHAT we feed our kids, but HOW we feed them. I’m not referring to TV on, or eating with hands, all sinful traps I’ve fallen into much to Grandpapa’s horror (Hi, Dad!).

We’re teaching our kids habits for life, and there are simple things that we may not realise we’re doing that can impact them forever.

Responsible portions. So simple.

We eat too much. We like to be full after a  meal, but in reality, we should stop before we feel full. Kids don’t eat until they’re stuffed, like some people I know who shall remain nameless (ok, it’s ME).

That said, when our kids say they’ve had enough, we need to respect that they, as a general rule, have a natural full point that they stop at. Bribing kids to finish what’s on their plate to get dessert is only creating bad habits.

Doh. I bribe.


D Man will also sometimes say he’s full before he even has a bite… little stinker.

What then?

This usually only happens if he thinks he doesn’t like it, so I encourage him to have one bite of each different thing on the plate. If he still doesn’t want it (rare), fine. I’m not going to battle, but there is no Plan B. No cooking multiple things until he likes something, because, well, frankly, I’m sitting with them at the table having my own entree in liquid form and chatting about our day as they try to look past me at the telly.

Making Hungry Little Caterpillars out of vegetables....brilliant!

Making Hungry Little Caterpillars out of vegetables….brilliant!

I’ve noticed schools and pre-schools talk less about good food and bad food these days but more about sometimes foods and every day foods. This is a much healthier way to look at food. With eating disorders and a ‘diet’ mentality starting in our kids earlier and earlier (I’ve heard children as young as 7 are becoming diet conscious WTF? Eat ice cream and run it off, kids), we need to arm them with as sensible and rounded a way of looking at what fuels their little machines as we can.

Using positive communication about food like ‘this food makes me feel strong‘ or ‘helps me see in the dark‘ may help with positive associations from a young age.

Snacking is great as a way to tide our little Energiser Bunnies over until the next meal, but too many snacks means they won’t eat their meals. Not rocket science, but a trap I can fall into if I’m not paying attention. D Man loves to snack.

So do I.

Little Bellies Ginger Bread Men

Little Bellies Ginger Bread men….. just waiting to be eaten

If I’m buying snacks, I always read the sugar content. I’m not super mega-anti-Satan’s sweetener but I don’t think we should hold illusions that we’re giving our kids ‘healthy’ snacks if we’re not i.e. some brands of kid specific yoghurt have four teaspoons of sugar in a pouch.

4mg of sugar is one teaspoon, so if you start doing your four x tables, you’ll soon see how the numbers add up.

I’ve been so focused on my sugar factor, than I’ve barely given salt a thought.

Have you?

Mandy brought to my awareness that sodium content in snacks is equally full-on for our kids. Their kidneys struggle to process it thereby putting their systems under stress. So if you opt not to feed your darling the packet of Tiny Teddies, and reach for the Rice Crackers (like me) then perhaps you’re actually not being as goodie-two-shoes as you think you are.

When I was told that a good low salt option snack would have no more than 100mg sodium per 100 grams, I turned to my cupboard to see what I was feeding my kids.

My cupboard has three difference types of rice crackers, corn crackers and wheat crackers all of which I feed my young. They range from 275mg (relatively low) to a whopping  900mg of sodium per 100g.


I’m not going to throw out all of the food in my cupboard, but I will mix it up with some better options. Knowledge is power, or at least, less salty snacks.

The main reason for the Blogger Playgroup, hosted by Brand Meets Blog, was to introduce us to a new product range by a fabbo Aussie company called Little Bellies.

Little Bellies is an Australian owned company that makes organic and healthy snacks for the munchkins. They’re thoughtful about the salt and sugar quantities so you don’t have to be. Winning!

I was lucky enough to nab a bag of goodies and we’ve been munching our way through them with fantasmagorical results. The Fruit Choo Chews were a winner and the Muesli Choo Chews were pretty close behind.
There’s a cereal (which D Man loves) and biscuits that are sweetened only with grape juice concentrate rather than sugar. You can’t see the Ginger Bread Men in my picture because they were eaten.
Check out their website for full range.

I met the family behind the company and I really liked them. Their ethos was great, and their whole vibe is about teaching good habits, forming healthy associations and setting kids up for life.

Little Bellies have offered a free goodie bag to be sent out to one lucky Holsby-ite, so I’m a hostin’ a give-away…..

Little Bellies product range

All you have to do is be an Australian resident, and be sure to like my Facebook page.
You don’t have to follow my blog by email, but if you wanted to I would surely be much obliged.
If you wanted to like the Little Bellies Facebook page you would also potentially have seven years great sex. Not from them. Or me. You’ll also stay abreast of all their exciting news.

The main thing you need to do is leave a comment on the blog or Facebook page telling me the worst thing that you have found in your child’s mouth or caught your kid eating.
I once stopped D Man from putting a stick in his mouth at the park, before discovering it was a little dog poo. Ewwwwwww.

Can you top that???

I will choose a winner in 7 day’s time. Just click link below and you could have a SUPER MEGA LITTLE BELLIES SNACK ATTACK PRIZE PACK ON IT’S WAY IN A JIFFY!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer : I don’t think whale’s have scrotums.

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  • Reply Courtney May 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

    My daughter likes to chew on her thongs… Yuk! The thought of where shoes have walked going into her little mouth, cringe!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys May 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

      What’s up with that? Kiki does that too, except she doesn’t have shoes yet so chews mine. Ewwwwww.

  • Reply Cooker and a Looker May 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Whale scrotums and liquid entrees – this is why you’re one of my favourite reads Mrs Holsby!

  • Reply Elise Ellabban May 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

    When my little Miss was 1, I spotted her with bulging checks and a working jaw. Something tiny was poking out of her mouth, and to my horror I spotted the thin little legs of a cockroach. The damn thing was scooped out in several pieces, and my daughter fought me for the right to eat it the whole way!

  • Reply Have a laugh on me May 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    My kids hardly eat – in fact my daughter ate NONE of her school lunch today! But made her eat her sammies once she home, thanks for the reminder though – eg not to make them eat when they’re full just so they’ll get a reward/treat! x

  • Reply Mrs D May 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    My youngest ate a snail once. Shell & all. And it wasn’t a fancy French one done in garlic butter either. More like snail a la dirt.

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys May 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Slimy and crunchy. Double gross.

      Sent from my iPhone

      On 25/05/2013, at 1:24 PM, Keeping Up With The Holsbys

  • Reply Kate May 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Cat hair both scraped off the carpet and sucked directly off the cat.
    We tried the animal biscuits yesterday and you are right everyone is happy. Big boy is happy he has biscuits. I am happy with the ingredients. Cat is happy it’s different animals being chewed on. Win

  • Reply sapna May 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Once I spotted my little one with a piece of sharp glass ( piece from a broken bottle ) in his mouthin a playground . I was so scared to see blood in his mouth. Luckily he did not hurt much other than his lip but this incident changed me so much that I always keep my eyes on my little one while we are in a playground

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys May 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Oh my god, that was a close call!!
      Yeah, you really can’t take your eyes off the little munchkins.
      Good save, Mama!

  • Reply Michelle V May 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    One day I was so shocked to see
    My darling daughter Kayla aged three
    With her mouth shut tight, straight as a line
    At first I didn’t realise that things weren’t fine
    But on closer inspection I was shocked to detect
    A coin in her mouth, I’m so glad I checked!
    I’d hate to think what would’ve occurred
    If she’d swallowed the coin – the outcome absurd!
    Thankfully she parted with it, I made her understand
    So she decided to reward me by spitting it in my hand!

  • Reply Angie Boylan May 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Not my child but another at the mothers group I used to attend unfortunately found a small piece of dog poo which of course was popped straight into their mouth and had to be quickly removed by their Mum – ewwww!

  • Reply Kim m May 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    My daughter put some really good stuff in her mouth, peas, but she ate so many it turned her number two’s bright green, too much watermelon turned them bright red, she has also had lego n there, but I was very lucky and caught that one quickly!!!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys May 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Lego in there? Her number two, or her mouth??
      I’m hoping her mouth, otherwise that was one well traveled piece of Lego!

  • Reply Nina May 29, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I love the concept of sometimes food and everyday food! I’ve been saying “treats” but I think even that implies that certain foods are above others. Love this post Danielle.

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys May 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

      I say treats too. It works so well when bribing!!

      Sent from my iPhone

      On 29/05/2013, at 12:41 AM, Keeping Up With The Holsbys

  • Reply womblywoo May 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    A lizard 🙁 One of those small brown ones, or bits of one.Obviously he wasn’t quick enough. ewww

  • Reply Isabel May 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

    My daughter likes to chew on all sort of papers; catalogues, cereal boxes, and toilet papers. Yuck!

  • Reply Gemma Westacott Blair May 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Once while flying home to visit my parents with my daughter (18 months) I saw her pick up something off the aisle floor and pop it straight in her mouth! We had a pretty crazy game of a tug-o-war in front of everyone, with lots if people tsk tsking me for man-handling my child. Lucky I did though! Turned out to be a lovely, inviting bright pink pill!!! No idea what it was but it still makes me feel a bit sick thinking about it!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys May 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Oh wow, close call. Remember when Jude law and Sadie frost had a kids party and one of the kids found an ecstasy tab on the floor and ate it?

      • Reply Gemma Westacott Blair June 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        I know! That’s the sort of horror that was running through my mind! Such a close call.

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