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Healthy Snack GIVEAWAY!!!

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A few Sundays ago Katie and I walked into the toddler room at our church together. “Hi Katie! Want some Fruit Loops?” asked a nursery volunteer.


For one thing, Kellogg Co. (maker of Fruit Loops) recently began using genetically-modified sugar beets in their cereals. Many families have banned Kellogg since most of their cereals target our most vulnerable population . . . children. Few (if any) studies have been performed on the long-term effects of GMO products on humans, but the organ damage in rats is pretty disturbing if it’s any indication of what we’re doing to ourselves. Sorry, didn’t mean to get sidetracked.

If you’re in this situation, what do you do? Honor your husbands wishes that she not be given sugary snacks and look like a weirdo handing her kelp? I mean, my daughter likes kelp, but could I make it any more difficult for “regular” people to identify with me at that exact moment? Probably not.

It is not my desire to isolate myself or my family based on what we eat. When she gets older Katie will be allowed to make compromises just like we do. But at this point, while her palate is forming, we are pretty strict.

Which is why I am so excited about today’s giveaway! Funky Monkey is a newish company that makes raw, GMO free, 70% organic freeze-dried fruit snacks with no preservatives, added coloring or flavoring.

When I first heard about Funky Monkey I thought, “Why buy freeze dried fruit? She likes regular fruit just fine.” Well, I’ll tell you:

  1. They are really yummy! Unlike other dried or freeze-dried fruits, Funky Monkey snacks are crunchy rather than chewy.  Katie loves their unique texture and, to my surprise, so do I. The Pink Pineapple (organic pineapple and guava) was our favorite. Absolutely delicious!
  2. They can make sticky situations go more smoothly. If someone offers your child something you don’t want them to eat just pull out a bag of these. The bright, fun packaging doesn’t look like health food, so you can help your child make good food choices without alienating others.
  3. Fruit Rots. I actually consider this a good thing (the 12 year-old McDonald’s burger that still looks good as new terrifies me). But sometimes, especially in Texas, it’s nice to have fruit around that won’t sweat in your purse in the heat of the day. Yes I carry fruit in my purse.
  4. Funky Monkey Snacks are GREAT motivators. I hate to use the word “bribe” here, but  we have had more success motivating Katie to use her potty and eat her vegetables if we ask while holding a bag of “Funky Wunky,” as she calls it.
  5. They will firm your toosh and give you rock hard abs. Okay, maybe not, but wouldn’t it be nice!

If you want to check them out, Funky Monkey snacks are available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Super Target, Kroger and Safeway. At $1.59 – $1.99 per 1 oz package they’re very affordable, too.

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75 Responses to Healthy Snack GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Denise says:

    numero dos

  2. Denise says:

    On my FB!

  3. Denise says:

    Already following you on twitter!

  4. Denise says:

    I already subscribed (but did it again bc I haven’t seen any emails) :)! And I love your blog!

  5. Denise says:

    I tweeted it! (and this is telling me I already commented that I did, but I don’t see it on here!)

  6. Amy says:

    thanks for letting us know about these snacks! yum!

  7. Heather Ivers says:

    Just posted this on Facebook! Love your blog!

  8. Heather Ivers says:

    I Subscribed!

  9. Nara says:

    This sounds like a great alternative.

  10. Joan says:

    I guess I was out of the loop on Kellogg’s. I had no idea they were using anything other than normal beets! I don’t want to eat it myself much less give it to my children. Thank you for posting wonderful information that we can use!!!

  11. Colleen says:

    I like this idea. I hope more companies follow suit.

  12. Colleen says:

    I just subscribed!

  13. Esther says:

    just subscribed!

  14. Ronda says:

    Hey, guys–
    Before you bash your church workers, walk a mile in their shoes (or run a mile in their sneakers chasing 5 to 20 kids) and reflect on the budget they have to meet! Or bring snacks you like with you and let them know….I always try to honor a mom’s request, if I know about it!

    • Heather says:

      Ronda – I’ve heard of some church nurseries where a parents wishes on this subject are honored and some where they are not. I know that in our church’s nursery they have always been honored to my knowledge. My main goal in writing this post is to help moms like me (who feed their kids seaweed!) fit in a little better when they are hanging around with more mainstream moms. I know I am different (extended breastfeeding, attachment parenting, etc.), but I try to minimize those differences when I relate to people with different styles so they don’t feel awkward or judged.

  15. Kandi says:

    Just subscribed to your blog! :) Thanks for the wonderful newish product referral. :)

  16. Kandi says:

    Just posted a link to this on my facebook page. Thanks!

  17. Lauren says:

    Haven’t tried Funky Monkey, but definitely going to since my son won’t touch fruit to save his life, it’s a texture issue mostly. He doesn’t like cold/wet stuff.
    Anyway, the church thing really hits home! We just recently discovered that his Sunday school teachers give his class DONUTS ever Sunday. Suddenly his lack of appetite at lunch and WIRED/Disobedient behavior after church makes so much sense. We’re not perfect, far from the great standard you have set, but, he doesn’t get a lot of sugar usually, and when he does, we can tell. I so don’t want him to be the poor weird kid in class who can’t have the treat like everyone else, so we’ve decided that we’re going to approach the class and offer to bring a snack for the whole class every week, we’ll certainly add Funky Monkey to our list of possible treats to take!

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