My son and I went to a store to pick up a few groceries.
I’ve said over and over that I don’t have a one-stop-shop market and I rotate between a few places.
So we were in the cookie and cracker aisle looking for some crunchy snacks for the kiddos. And I could not find a single box of cookies that didn’t have high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
None. I looked and looked. But I could not find cookies that weren’t super-duper sugared up or didn’t have HFCS. Forget about whole grains…not happening.
(I realized only afterward that I should have gone to the baby food aisle and looked for Earth’s Best alphabet cookies.)
I know we all like the convenience of the grab-and-go 100 calorie packs stocked on store shelves these days. Just about any type of cookie and cracker can be found in a box filled with six individual pouches. Kids love ’em, moms like the convenience.
But there are two problems.
1. They are more expensive than buying a big box of the same type of snack.
2. There is a ton of extra packaging.
So here’s my solution that is eco-friendly (less packaging), cheaper (less cost per ounce), and at least a little better for the kids (no HFCS): Eco-Cheap 100 calorie packs.
Okay, mine may not have exactly 100 calories each. I divvy mine up based on 15 grams of carbs per portion since that is what my daughter can have at a snack. Curiously though, a 15 gram portion often has right about 100 calories.
Using my trusty BPA-free containers with tight lids, I weigh, count, or measure. Stock the pantry. And they are ready to go.
And an added bonus, kids (and adults…I like crunchy snacks, too) don’t over indulge because they are portioned out.
Of course some companies that make organic cookies and crackers sell individual snack boxes and pouches. But these a) have more packaging, b) usually have more than 15 grams of carbs (or more than 100 calories), and c) are more expensive than a bigger box.
As a side note: I rarely go to Toys ‘R Us, but I was in there last weekend and they have added a substantial grocery and cleaning product section toward the front of the store. Many of the products stocked on the shelves are organic or healthier foods. And they are at considerably lower prices than sthe grocery store. In fact a box of crackers that I had purchased the day before at the grocer was a dollar less per box. There was also a good selection of personal care items including those from Kiss My Face. I may have to stop in there occasionally to stock up.
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