Parents of small children; What’s in your panic kit?
You know the one. It contains the few items that remain permanently topped up in your changing bag / handbag / car for the times your child needs distracting, for what ever reason, trawling through various items including a snack in an attempt to avoid a melt down.
Mine was a packet of raisins, a few of colouring pencils, a little colouring in book (both courtesy of a visit to a well known restaurant) and a brio train. Nothing much but it did the job and was the staple panic kit for each of my children.
There wass just one problem. I’d always thought I was doing the right thing offering dried fruit but it’s since transpired that they’re not the best snack to offer to young children ( fine for occasional treats I think) due to tooth erosion. So I’ve been on the look out for a healthier alternative. I think my older children now avoiding anything with raisins means I possibly over did it!
Which is why some new snacks from Little Dish were on my radar to try out. They’re called Go Gos and are little mini oat biscuits which have been created in partnership with leading nutritionist Lucy Jones. Suitable from age one upwards, they’re full of naturally good things like wholegrain oats, flax and chia seeds (big thumbs up, I’m loving chia seeds right now!) and protein, which all help to deliver slow release energy and nourishment. Also, each little bag of Go Gos provides three grams of protein, and is a good source of fibre.
As luck would have it, we’ve been sent 3 flavours to try out, ginger, vanilla and raspberry. Each little pack comes with a reusable seal sticker which I loved the idea of. The Toddler has a little and often appetite and often asks for food only to take a few bites and either get distracted or feeds the rest to the dog. Either way, its very seldom he finishes anything and we tend to waste a lot. Being able to reserve half the pack, especially in my panic kit, means less waste and no danger of being caught out before I have time to replace them.
The size of each little biscuit is just right for little hands with the cut out ‘o’ centre helping provide a good grip and just right for a little bite. Or like my boy, shovelling the whole one in his mouth but still having room to breath!
Out of the three flavours, it looks like the raspberry is his favourite and ginger the not so popular. I personally prefer the vanilla. But none are too strong to be honest. So neither of us would turn them down.
All in all, I’m pretty impressed, it’s great knowing they’ve got a good dose of nutrition and my boy is getting some much needed energy to carry on his mission of exploration. The Little Dish Go Gos range will remain in our panic kit for the next time I need to excitedly wave food in his face while coaxing him into the shopping trolly.
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