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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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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