How to be a Healthy Plant-Powered Mom on the Go
I will have to admit, my husband and I are one of those parents who like to overbook activities for our children. We schedule activities far in advance, and usually, they are back to back… to back. The main reason is not that we want our children to be extraordinary and therefore pushing them to learn all the time. I mean, we do want them to excel in life, but we are also reasonable and want them to have fun at such a young age. But the true reason is that they just seem bored at home, and when a toddler and a soon-to-be toddler are bored… they get destructive. Like a typhoon on a warpath. Nothing is safe, including the sofa, the dog, the carpet, mommy’s shins, the cabinets… you name it, and they can destroy it.
The most difficult thing about always being on the go is packing the diaper bag with ample food to last the day. You might ask, how hard is it to throw some food in the bag? Well, if you want to make sure your kids are eating healthy – meaning, a variety of food with nutritious ingredients – it’s not so simple because:
- Unless you prepare in advance the night before after the kids have gone to bed, which we hardly ever do because we are too busy passing out from fatigue and lack of sleep, food preparation is usually done last minute with a screaming toddler or baby in the room.
- With a toddler who refuses to change clothes and a baby determined to roll away during diaper changes, we more often than not are running late, no matter how much buffer we give ourselves.
- When you are out for several hours at a time, even with a cooler, you question the edibility of the food.
- A lot of times, we end up eating in the car while driving to the next destination. So, food that requires utensils and a sturdy surface to eat it on are no good.
For all the reasons listed above, we always make sure there is some packaged food in the pantry like food pouches and bags of crackers. They are easy to grab and go, and since my toddler doesn’t get pouches often, he immediately quiets down and consumes the content of the pouch happily whenever he gets one. They sure come in handy, especially on long drives when a meltdown is close to erupting! Two hours stuck in a car with a cranky toddler who won’t stop whining about everything under the sun? Been there, done that – not fun at all.
I first found Sprout on Amazon.com when I was searching for organic, all natural snacks for my kids. When the suggestion for Sprout’s Organic Quinoa Puffs popped up, I was so excited to have found a brand that uses only USDA certified organic and non-GMO ingredients. Moreover, their products do not contain any preservatives, additives, or anything artificial. Both my toddler and my baby love them! Therefore, when I received the opportunity to try out other Sprout products, I said yes right away.
Sprout has addressed the 3 major issues I have with pouches and other baby and toddler food products:
- Misleading labels: Grocery shopping usually takes me longer than expected because after having kids, I started reading labels on everything I buy very carefully. Many times, I am disappointed at a product with a promising front label that proclaims healthy ingredients like fruits or vegetables, only to turn the packaging around and see none of those healthy ingredients listed as the first few ingredients in a long list of ingredients. Sprout is the only baby food company to put their foot forward with the honesty pledge and match the names of their varieties with the primary ingredients in the recipe. Moreover, their list of ingredients is very short due to the lack of preservatives, additives, and artificial ingredients.
- Lack of protein: If you read the nutritional labels of kids snacks, you will find that many contain little or no protein. With Sprout’s new line of plant-based food products, including the first plant-based protein baby food purees and plant-powered toddler snacks, I am happy that my kids are getting the necessary nutrients even while snacking. Sprout products deliver protein through healthy alternatives to meat and dairy-based protein by making their products with legumes such as chickpeas and lentils or high-protein fruits and vegetables like apricots and spinach.
- Way too sweet: A lot of the pouches and toddler snacks contain sugar to make the food more likable by children. Especially for pouches, even if the labels claim “no sugar added,” you often find juice concentrates as one of the primary ingredients. Sprout’s pouches are designed to expand a baby’s palate beyond sweet and expose babies to new flavors and textures.
I know I feel good giving my kids these Sprout products, but let’s see what they have to say!
First up is the Sprout Power Pak! Made from 100% plant-based nutrients, Sprout Power Pak toddler purees include 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, a full serving of fruit, and omega 3 from chia. I love how the packaging is clear so that I could see its contents. Alex was so excited when I offered him the pouch and immediately demanded that I open it. And in less than a minute, he was done with the entire pouch. Guess that’s a thumb up from Alex!
Then I gave Zoe the Sprout Stage 3 Plant-based Protein Baby Food Puree. As the first line of plant-based protein baby food in the category, these purees offer protein and fiber from organic chickpeas, lentils, and beans. I wasn’t sure how she was going to react because this was her first pouch, and she ended up loving it! I was actually surprised because she is extremely picky about both the taste and texture of her food. Some days she rejects all solid food and only wants to nurse, so seeing her eat the content of this pouch gives me hope that she will one day eat more solid food. Hooray!
Lastly, on the way to lunch with friends, I gave Alex the Sprout Organic Curlz in the car to snack on until we got to the restaurant. These plant-powered toddler snacks are made from organic chickpeas and lentils and are gluten-free. Alex went to town as soon as I handed him the canister. What melted my heart was when Zoe started screaming in her car seat, Alex reached over with a curlz and gave her one to calm her down. Then both kids were quiet the rest of the drive, happily chomping away on their curlz. The next day we took the little that was leftover in the canister and went to the park, where the rest of it was finished promptly.
Life with a toddler and a baby is hectic and crazy. We are constantly on the go, and there are times that us moms just can’t prepare snacks in time. Therefore, having food we can grab and go from a company we can trust is important to keep our sanity. I am glad that I discovered Sprout, and I will be sure to always have some Sprout products in my pantry! Now, to figure out how to keep the kids away from the pantry…
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What are your favorite healthy snack items for your kids when you are on the go?