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For a toddler, the stretch between lunch and dinner can seem like a long time, so I wanted to give my little boy a snack which would fill him up just that bit longer. He has always been a big lover of finger foods, so I looked around for some salt free snacks for him to try. He first tried them at 13 months, and he loved them straight away. They are great for popping in my bag if we are off out somewhere, as I know it will keep him quiet if a tantrum starts! You can buy them in single packs for 59p, or a multipack of 4 bags for £1.59, which is great value. My little boy usually eats about half a pack at a time, and he really enjoys them. They have quite a bland flavour, which is perfect for little ones who aren't used to strong tastes yet! They melt in the mouth which is useful when your toddler doesn't have many teeth! There are lots of different varieties of snacks in the goodies range, all in varying prices too, although these carrot ones have always been the favourite in our house! The only downside to them is the mess my son makes when he eats them! The carrot flavouring seems to come off really easily and ends up in his hair and all over the highchair, and his clothes!
I try to feed my 10 month old son mostly homemade food and to give him a variety of flavours and textures, that said when you are out and about with a baby there are certain times when convenience is the way to go. These snacks are the perfect answer as they are convenient and easy but also give you the confidence that your baby is eating an organic snack which is not full of additives and added salt. Compared to something like Pom Bears (which I see a lot of mums giving their kids) these only have a trace of salt where Pom Bears have a wopping 4%. All of the ingredients are organic and there isn't an E number to be seen. Now Organix state that these are not suitable for children under 12 months however my boy has been eating them since he was weaned at 6 months with no problems at all. The snacks are a long tubular shape which fit perfectly into little baby hands making them a very easy thing for babies to hold and eat themselves, because they are a crisp type consistency they don't slip out of babies fingers and get dropped either. Once your little one has got the stick to their mouth they start to sort of melt so the baby doesn't need to chew on them which is much easier for babies who are learning to eat and / or don't have many (or any!) teeth. The pack size is quite large for a baby however I have found that if you twist the bag top and seal it with a peg or a tie the snacks stay fresh and crisp for ages so you don't have to use them all at once. The only downside to these is the orange sort of coating on them (I assume this is the carrot powder ingredient) which does tend to get all over your baby's clothes, hands and face and can therefore be a bit messy (why oh why is so much baby food orange!). That said because they are so easy to hold onto and for the baby to get into his mouth they are less messy than many other snack items like pieces of fruit which can get squashed in little hands and end up everywhere. Most importantly of all my boy absolutely loves these and they keep him quiet and happy!
I grabbed a packet of these when my daughter had first started trying finger foods and she absolutely loved them. We were out and about when she started to get a bit restless and hungry so I thought I would try her with a pack. They are a very easy to hold shape and size for little hands and they melt in the mouth easily for little ones with few or no teeth. My little girl munched her way through the whole packet so the flavour can't be bad either. They are organic as well so you know they do not contain anything bad. The only thing is that they are coated in a bright orange powder which gets everywhere, all over babies hands and face mainly and I found that it stains lighter coloured clothing. So if you are not one for mess then I would maybe avoid giving these to your child. In my personal opinion these are a handy little snack to keep in your bag for when you are out and about with your little one. After all, something that keeps them quiet for a little while and fills a gap in their rumbly tummies can't be bad.
Since my daughter turned 6 months I have been introducing lots of different finger foods to her. She likes to eat sandwiches for dinner and I thought these would be a nice addition to her lunch in place of crisps. You can find them with the baby food in most supermarkets. A packet costs 55p and contains 20g. These sticks are aimed at stage 2 which is for 7 months on, there is no reason why a 6 month old can't have them though as the ingredients are all suitable for 6 months and over. The ingredients are listed as; Organic Corn 72% Organic Carrot Powder 14% Organic Sunflower Oil 13% Thiamin (Vitamin B1)* less than 1% It advises you on the packet to make sure your child is sitting upright and that they are attended when eating these to minimise the risk of choking. When you open the packet you can immediately smell corn. The sticks themselves look like large Wotsits. They have an orangey coating on them. My daughter likes these as she can pick them up and feed herself. They are the perfect size for little hands. As the snacks get wet in your babies mouth they melt making them easy to swallow. There is minimal mess when eating these even when the orangey colour goes on a bib it is easily washed out. A serving is 3 of these sticks. There are about 20 in a packet so I simply keep them in an airtight container they keep fresh in there for days. Although they don't last long as it is one for baby one for mummy when we have these! They taste quite nice, you can taste the carrot but it is a very simple taste. These sticks are also organic and contain no additives. I have since bought the others in the range which include sweetcorn rings and tomato discs and found them all to be nice. I would definately recommend these in place of crisps they are far healthier and aren't loaded with salt.
Now that my baby girl is weaned I have started to buy a few snack foods for between meals and when we are out and about. One of my favourite ranges is the Organix range which offers a no junk promise. On the back of the packet they say that by, "choosing Organix you are helping to give your baby the best start in life. Our organic foods are prepared with care to give your baby natural tastes and flavours. We use ingredients that are grown or reared organically without artificial pesticides and with respect for the environment and our no junk promise guarantees no unnecessary artificial ingredients." One of my favourite varieties are the organic carrot sticks. Funnily enough I expected them to be sticks but they are actually puffs, much like a Wotsit but a bit bigger and not as orange. The carrot sticks are made with organic maize and coated in organic carrot. I have eaten a few and I have to say they are not amazingly flavourful. There is a bit of carrot flavour but overall it is a much more maizy taste than a carrot taste. Organix also market these snacks as an interactive food, one that your baby can play with whilst eating. My daughter definitely likes to touch these and examine them and then puts them in her mouth so they look like they are fun to eat. They are extremely easy for babies to eat as they dissolve in the mouth easily however once wet and soggy they get extremely sticky and will stick to anything and everything, hands, faces and clothes included. The ingredients listed are organic corn - 72%, organic carrot powder - 14%, organic sunflower oil 13% and are also gluten and wheat free. These snacks are for babies 7+ months on stage 2 and are a simple taste food and an interactive learning food and a hit in our house!
These handy little bags are great for popping into your changing bag for emergency snacks and baby/toddler distraction. We did 'Baby led weaning' and my daughter's been able to manage the fatter version of these carrot stix since months and the thinner version since maybe 8 months. We both love them! It's great to have a 'no junk' option easily available on the go so we don't have to resort to either rubbish I'd rather avoid letting her eat or healthy but messy options like fruit. They make fantastic shopping trip treats too. I'd recommend trying the different flavours by the same makers, too. We particularly like the spicy tomato stars. Easily obtainable at supermarkets and places like Boots. I don't find the price unreasonable either. In many places they're around the same price or cheaper than buying chocolate and so much healthier - I've sometimes eaten them without the wee one! A great addition to picnic lunches too. Low mess (though the crumbs can, of course, be spread by an artful toddler), good value and fun.
I have lots of grandchildren and the younger ones love to eat lots of baby treats and we usually have baby foods in the home for when they come to stay and visit us on a regular basis and I have bought these regularly and my grandchildren love them. I bought them from Tesco, and I bought 3 recently for only £1 but individually they are priced at around 46p so it made sense to buy 3 for the low price on offer and each bag is 15g, the carrot sticks are light and easy to hold and my grandchildren love them and they are a nice healthy snack for them to munch on in between meals. They are organic and contain no junk food, which is excellent for the younger children and they have reduced salt and fat, which is excellent too and for the babies. They are quite small for a child or baby to hold and eat comfortably and to dissolve in the mouth very easily. They are nice and light and very filling, and they can be placed into a bowl or on the highchair or eat straight from the packet. They are very good to take in a baby bag if you are going outdoors for the day and then they are available to hand for when the child needs a snack on the go for when they get hungry and they are a baked corn potato snack and they are fabulous for children's school lunch boxes, picnics and parties. My wife puts them into a plastic box and gives them to the grandchildren as they want them as they often open a bag and do not eat all of them at once and so it save waste too and the texture is nice and soft and they melt into the mouth perfectly for the little ones and they really enjoy them and they are a change from crisps and much easier to eat. The fat levels in this product is at least a third less than in most children's snacks and so are excellent value for money in my opinion. I do recommend these to anyone with small children or babies to them a go and for the price of 3 for only £1 and I think they are extremely good value and it can save you money too. I rate this product a 5 stars.
My daughter is six now, she has been having Organix products since she was a baby. I do not see any benefit in eating normal crisps, but do not want her to go without, when friends have crisp in their lunch boxes. So I give her these, I can be confident that she is still getting a healthy snack and she still gets to enjoy crisp like her friends. This is our particular favourite flavour, and I will admit I sometimes eat these too! They have a delicious sweet flavour, and I love that you are able to see exactly what is in the food on the packet. The only down side is that I have found that the carrot flavour do tend to stain and many a white shirt has an orange stain, they also stick in your teeth a bit. They are a great alternative to Wotsits and I shall continue to give them to my daughter for many years to come!!
I have a year old little grandson who absolutely eats everything, and I am always looking around for something healthy for him to eat for when he visits my home as he just loves food and eats absolutely everything but some foods have to be healthy for him and these little nibbles are just perfect for his little snacks and are very filling for him in between meals. They are very good finger food for when babies are just learning to feed themselves. I bought them from Tesco, they are normally one for 46p for a 15g bag but they were on offer when I bought them and I paid £1 for 3, the flavours are spicy tomato and carrot, the tomato ones are little stars and the carrot are sticks, I cannot remember the third one as he has already eaten it at the weekend. They contain no junk food and they are organic, they have reduced salt and fat, which is excellent for young children and babies. They are small enough for a baby or child to easily eat and chew and they dissolve in the mouth very easily. They are filling and nice and light. Also they are very light for them to hold and can easily be placed into a dish or on a clean highchair tray top. They are a baked corn potato snack and very good to have in your baby bag for those moments when you child gets a little bit hungry while outdoors. They are great for children's school lunch boxes, picnics and parties. I put them into a plastic box as sometimes my grandson tends to want a few and leave the rest, like a lot of children tend to do and so I do not waste any, they are in the box for the next time he wants them or on a different visit. I would say they are like a packet of crisps but healthier and more easy to eat. The fat levels in this product is at least a third less than in most children's snacks and so are excellent value for money in my opinion. I recommend these to anyone with small children or babies to try and for the value price it is better to buy 3 and save more money. I give this product a 5 star as I think for the price they very good.
*Price and Availability* Organix products are all over the place now, Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets and the Poundshop. I recently bought a 4 multipack of Organix Goodies Carrot Stix from Asda for around £1.30. I have also previously picked them up for £1.00 at the Poundshop. *Nutritional Bits* Organix make loads of different healthy snacks and baby foods with their 'No Junk Promise' In essence this means that they use all natural ingredients and no colourings. Each 15g bag provides 63 calories, 1.1g protein and 1.7g fat with 0.1g salt equivalent. These values are all really low and I have no problem in giving these to my son. They are suitable (according to the manufacturer) from children aged 12 months and upwards. *My Thoughts* This 'stix' have changed fairly recently. They used to be more of a round long stick shape, but they are now flat, like fries or chipsticks. This has made no difference to the flavour however. I quite enjoy nicking these off my son from time to time as I find that they are really tasty. The stix are made of baked corn and potato and the stix are covered in carrot and coriander. The carrot is a very natural flavour and the coriander adds a little herby taste to them. These really are lovely and one of my sons favourite snacks, he really seems to enjoy them. I will continue to buy them
When my daughter began the sometimes slippery slope to solid foods, I was keen to provide her with snacks which were not saturated in sugar and salt. Having already tried some Organix products with her, I was familiar with their 'No Junk Promise' so decided to give these crunchy sticks a go. These particular snacks are aimed at the older child from around 12 months, with a much chunkier, fatter version also on the market for babies. But as I can never find the other version on the shelves at my local supermarket, I have used these since my daughter was 7 months old with no problems. They come shaped like chipsticks in a multipack, containing four 15g bags, priced at around £1.50. Each little bag is pretty full and my daughter tends to eat two or three at a time. They are a bright orange colour as they are flavoured with carrot powder, and have little specks of herbs on them. My daughter absolutely adores them!!! I think this is partly due to the very satisfying crunch they make when she bites into them, and partly down to the fact that she is able to feed herself with them easily. My own curiosity led me to try them and while not unpleasant, they are quite flavourless and mild for the adult palate. Its difficult to describe the taste, with carrot not immediately coming to mind! A 15g pack contains; 63 calories 1.7g fat 0.2g of which are saturates 0.1g salt All in all they are not too bad as far as childrens snacks go. They are organic with no artificial flavourings or preservatives, so they make a nice change and are super handy to have in your bag for a handy snack on the go. The only downside I can think of is that they can make a bit of a mess as the colour goes everywhere and can stain. So far though, Ive always got the stains out, so fingers crossed this stays true. I highly recommend them, and Im sure if my baby could speak she would tell you shes a huge fan too!
My younger brother who is currently training for his black belt in Kung Fu is a total health freak and get's so fed up with me giving my twin boys crisps as a snack so while we were out shopping in Boots the other day I shocked him. They were both becoming a little fidgety and I knew they were due a snack of some sort otherwise all hell would break loose so I shot over to the baby food shelves and picked up a multibag (pack of 4) Organix Goodies Carrot Stix. Organix are a reputable brand for babies having their No Junk Promise with their products which is of course 'promising' when you are feeding it to your child right? I explained to my brother that these proudly boast that they are Reduced in salt and fat - at least a third less than in most children's snacks, they contain no MSG or added flavourings therefore naturally flavoured AND they are Organic so it's a food you can trust. He was proud and pleased so I paid my £1.57 (the price has gone up from £1.47 recently) for my pack of 4 and opened them up for my boys. They are both quite used to eating crisps so luckily these come in crisp bags, they looked no different to any other packet of crisps either so they had no complaining to do that these were 'good for them' and tucked right in. These bags are 15g bags so quite a bit smaller than our usual crisp packets yet full to the brim with crisps which isn't something we see every day. The bags these come in wouldn't be missed on the shelves being bright orange with a band of bright green along the top. Organix is written at the top and Goodies stamped underneath in fun and childlike bubble writing. You are then told that these goodies are Organic Carrot Stix. These sticks are shaped just like Smiths salt and vinegar sticks, but they have an orange colour to them - to resemble a carrot perhaps? and a few specks of seasoning which I'm told on the back is coriander. They had a slight crunch to them but were easily turned into mush when teeth and wetness of the mouth got to them which meant my boys could eat them with ease. I would say only a child with teeth should eat them though as that first crunch could cause a little discomfort for a younger baby who is only just getting used to finger foods and they are quite long sticks too and we don't want sticks being rammed down the back of babies throats either. These particular Organix Goodies are aimed more for toddlers and older children due to their length and that initial crunch. They crumble quite a bit too whilst being eating and the colouring on them can become quite messy and easily stain a light coloured top as I noticed on my boys WHITE tops the other day! Silly me! These are apparently coated with carrot and herbs yet they have such a light and subtle taste to them and even sometimes tasted a little sweet too. They are not smelly nor overly flavoursome yet quite pleasant to snack on, yet I'm sure children would appreciate the subtle flavours rather than overpowering stinks and tastes which could put them off food for life. It's hard to describe what they actually taste off but they were quite nice to eat, I couldn't taste carrot, to be honest I could hardly taste anything apart from this slight sweetness. My boys like playing with them too which often leads to alot of mess and crushed up stix laying around my rugs and sofa, they must enjoy the rough texture to them which is a little different for a toddler I should imagine. These would make a convenient snack whilst out and about with your little ones, and I'd say from when your little ones are around 7-8 months plus or at least when they have a few teeth to enable them to crush the sticks slightly before eating them and being able to break them apart. The younger the baby though I wouldn't leave them unattended personally due to the length of the stick but they are a good way to introduce different foods and flavours to your little one without overpowering them and allowing them to gain some independance too. A 15g bag of these stix contains; 63 calories 1.7g fat of which, 0.2g saturates 0.1g salt I will definitely be buying these for my boys in the future, maybe even for myself too lol!
Corn and potato snack coated with carrot and coriander.