I like to snack. A lot. Sometimes too much. I
never rarely go from one meal to the next without a nibble in between. But I try to make them healthy. Mostly. And tasty. And as much as I can I try to use my snacking as a way to increase my vegetable intake. (Green bean fries, anyone?)
So I was intrigued when I was offered the chance to sample and review a snack that appeared to be both potentially tasty and healthy and… wait for it… vegified! This was one offer that made me sit up and say, “Hmmm.”
And after I tried them, I sat up and said, “Mmmm.”
So let me tell you about Snikiddy®. The company and their products were created by a mother and daughter team “for families actively looking for healthier foods that satisfy their snack cravings.” “Healthy meets tasty.” Sounds like snacking perfection to me:)
My husband and I were given three different products to sample, one from each of the product lines: Baked Fries, Cheese Puffs, and Eat Your Vegetables™.
My husband’s review: “They’re good.” When I asked him if he’d buy them for himself, he responded that it depended on price.
My review: “They’re good.” Let me tell you a bit more…
Let’s start with the Baked Fries; we had the cheddar cheese flavor. They were tasty. They reminded me of Andy Capp’s Fries, a flashback to my childhood. (Does anyone else remember those? Do they still make those?!) They weren’t all that different in taste (just in texture) from the Grilled Cheese Puffs we tasted. Also yummy. It’s been years since I’ve had a traditional cheese puff but my guess is that this more nutritional version would be a great stand-in. Both of these cheesy snacks packed a lot of flavor.
My favorite snack (and also my husband’s), and the one I had been most eager to try, was the Eat Your Vegetables™. We were given the Sea Salt flavor and I’d have happily sampled them all. This was one tasty chip! (Or, in our case, thanks to shipping, chip crumbs.) And what I really love is that each 1 oz. serving (13 chips) contains a full serving of vegetables! (According to the product label the veggies include beans, potato, carrot, and sweet potato. And, of course, all sorts of other non-veggie ingredients as well.)
Because I was curious (and since I’m all about getting the most volume for my snacking calories when possible,) I measured out a portion of each snack to compare serving sizes. All are 1-ounce and contain between 120-130 calories. You get the most bang for your buck with the Cheese Puffs and the least with the chips.
You might be wondering if I’d buy these for myself. Honestly, probably not. I’d be very tempted by the Eat Your Vegetables™ chips, but “temptation” is a four-letter word in my book. And, as you know, moderation and I are still working hard to become friends. What seems to work best for me is to just not keep any “snack food” in the house at all, no matter how healthy. If it’s here, I’ll want it. If it’s here, I’ll sometimes (or all the time) choose it over my typical snacks (mostly veggies, fruit, and fat-free cheese). And for those wondering how I did with these snacks staring me in the face… I ate two fries, two puffs, and a whole serving of the chips. Moderation in action:)
If you are looking for a healthier “junk food” substitute for yourself or your family, I would definitely recommend you give these a try.
And, to help you do just that, Snikiddy® is sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky reader which will include not only a box of their yummy snacks, but also a $25 grocery gift card.
- You must be a US Resident 18 years of age or older.
- Leave a comment below telling your favorite healthy snack or which Snikiddy® product you would most like to try.
- You can get up to two more entries by liking the Snikiddy® Facebook Page and/or following Snikiddy® on Twitter.
- You can get up to two more entries by linking to this giveaway post on Facebook and/or Twitter.
- You only need to leave one comment below; just be sure to tell me if you’ve taken the extra steps and which ones, so I’ll have an accurate count.
- The contest ends Monday, April 30. I’ll choose a winner using an online random number generator and announce them in a future blog post (and I’ll also send an email).
And for everyone who doesn’t enter or win but who’d like to try the snacks, look for the coupon on the Snikiddy® website.
Now for the full disclosure part: Three bags of snacks were provided to me at no charge; I received no additional gifts or compensation and was under no obligation to write a favorable review.
P.S. – Somebody please remind me to buy these when I host book club next year!