If I were to ask my little Green Monster what his favorite meal of the day was, he’d probably answer “snacks!” And who could blame him? After all, snacks generally require no cutlery, and “snack-time” has the potential to include any number of sweet and savory delights. While many people associate snacking with junk-food or over-eating, that certainly doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, between-meal snacks are a fantastic way to pack more nutrients into a day, regulate energy levels, and prevent over-eating at mealtimes. Whether we’re talking about tiny tots or grown adults, the key is to pick wholesome and nutritious snacks that contribute to overall health, rather than detract from it.

So what should you look for when buying baby snacks? There are plenty of purées, crackers and fruit snacks available nowadays. However, some options are definitely better than others. Choosing organic varieties allows you to limit your child’s exposure to genetically modified ingredients, herbicide and pesticide residues, and artificial additives (which can impact on both health and behavior.) You should also go for items that contain fruits, vegetables and/or whole grains. These will provide your child with an extra source of vitamins and minerals, which are essential for developing healthy brains and bodies.

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As a new parent, the amount of spare time that you have for reading labels is probably rather limited! That’s why we’ve done some of the legwork for you, and come up with 10 fantastic organic (and 100% plant-based) snacks for tiny tummies.

1. HAPPY CREAMIES

Happy Creamies are a smooth blend of organic fruits and vegetables, combined with delicious dairy-free coconut milk. They’re available in 3 nutritious flavor combinations: Carrot-Mango-Orange, Kiwi-Spinach-Green Apple, and Strawberry-Raspberry-Butternut Squash. These BPA-free, easy to transport pouches are perfect for providing goodness on-the-go.

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