Food Product Reviews

Whilst a homemade muesli bar is always going to win nutritionally, for a nut free school option these are actually better than I thought.  ✅ high in fibre (50% whole grains). ✅ under 5g sugar per serve ( 15.6g per 100g). ✅ low salt (sodium). ✅ contains mainly good fats. ✅ no palm oil.  💥 whilst I don’t necessarily trust the health star rating, this time it’s not far off.  A muesli bar containing nuts would be far more nutritious, but can’t send these to school!!

Whilst a homemade muesli bar is always going to win nutritionally, for a nut free school option these are actually better than I thought.

✅ high in fibre (50% whole grains).
✅ under 5g sugar per serve ( 15.6g per 100g).
✅ low salt (sodium).
✅ contains mainly good fats.
✅ no palm oil.

💥 whilst I don’t necessarily trust the health star rating, this time it’s not far off.

A muesli bar containing nuts would be far more nutritious, but can’t send these to school!!

✅ Good source of fibre ✅ High in whole grains (oats) ✅ Good source of healthy fats ✅ Reasonably low in refined sugars ✅ Low GI ✅ Low salt (sodium)  👍 compared to many other kids cereal options, this is a good choice, unless they will also eat natural muesli or plain oats.

✅ Good source of fibre
✅ High in whole grains (oats)
✅ Good source of healthy fats
✅ Reasonably low in refined sugars
✅ Low GI
✅ Low salt (sodium)

👍 compared to many other kids cereal options, this is a good choice, unless they will also eat natural muesli or plain oats.

This is a nutrient dense healthy snack.  ✅ high in fibre ✅ high in good fats ✅ low in salt ✅ good source of iron, zinc and antioxidants ✅ gluten and dairy free for those that need it.  ❌ only down side is 10% refined sugar- but that’s still not that high, so still a great snack option!

This is a nutrient dense healthy snack.

✅ high in fibre
✅ high in good fats
✅ low in salt
✅ good source of iron, zinc and antioxidants
✅ gluten and dairy free for those that need it.

❌ only down side is 10% refined sugar- but that’s still not that high, so still a great snack option!

These are in the “so so” range of cereals - that aren’t amazing but aren’t terrible either.  Better options include Oats, Muesli, Weetbix, Carmen’s nut clusters, Sultana Bran, Guardian, All Bran.  Poorer options include: Cocopops, Nutrigrain, Frootloops, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.  In Summary: ✅ Good source of whole grains (68%). ✅ Good source of fibre (4.1g per serve). ✅ Good source of B vitamins, folate and iron. ✅ Reasonable salt content (300mg per 100g). ✅ No trans fat. ✅ Milk and soy free (for those needing to avoid).  ❌ Bit too high in added sugar (sugar is the second ingredient) ❌ Almost 20% added sugar.

These are in the “so so” range of cereals - that aren’t amazing but aren’t terrible either.

Better options include Oats, Muesli, Weetbix, Carmen’s nut clusters, Sultana Bran, Guardian, All Bran.

Poorer options include: Cocopops, Nutrigrain, Frootloops, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.

In Summary:
✅ Good source of whole grains (68%).
✅ Good source of fibre (4.1g per serve).
✅ Good source of B vitamins, folate and iron.
✅ Reasonable salt content (300mg per 100g).
✅ No trans fat.
✅ Milk and soy free (for those needing to avoid).

❌ Bit too high in added sugar (sugar is the second ingredient)
❌ Almost 20% added sugar.

Of all the frozen fish options that my kids will eat I think these are the healthiest.🐟  Of course home baked salmon or fresh fish definitely tops the packaged options, but the reason I like these is because:  ✅ 65% fish (highest I could find). ✅ Wild caught New Zealand fish. ✅ MSC - responsibly sourced. ✅ relatively low in salt. ✅ good source of omegas. ✅ wholemeal crumb.  🐟 I usually bake these in the oven, but sometimes pop in the pan with a bit of extra virgin olive oil (depending on how much time I have!).

Of all the frozen fish options that my kids will eat I think these are the healthiest.🐟

Of course home baked salmon or fresh fish definitely tops the packaged options, but the reason I like these is because:

✅ 65% fish (highest I could find).
✅ Wild caught New Zealand fish.
✅ MSC - responsibly sourced.
✅ relatively low in salt.
✅ good source of omegas.
✅ wholemeal crumb.

🐟 I usually bake these in the oven, but sometimes pop in the pan with a bit of extra virgin olive oil (depending on how much time I have!).

I think these are a pretty good muesli bar compared to many others out there on the shelves. They do contain some added sugar, but they do offer a fair amount of nutrition for a muesli bar. 🌟 Of course home baked is always going to trump any shop bought (find a great Anzac/WBix slice recipe a few posts down) but if you are time poor then grab these as an after school snack on the way to the next kids activity!  ✅ 60% peanuts- loaded with nutrition. ✅ over 3g dietary fibre per bar (high fibre). ✅ Only 6g sugar per serve. ✅ incredibly low salt. ✅ gluten free for those that need. ✅ contains good fats and protein.  ❌ only major downside is that they contain 15 % added sugar. However the protein and fat content will actually help to slow down the Glycaemic Index or GI (rate at which sugar goes into the blood stream).

I think these are a pretty good muesli bar compared to many others out there on the shelves. They do contain some added sugar, but they do offer a fair amount of nutrition for a muesli bar.
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Of course home baked is always going to trump any shop bought (find a great Anzac/WBix slice recipe a few posts down) but if you are time poor then grab these as an after school snack on the way to the next kids activity!

✅ 60% peanuts- loaded with nutrition.
✅ over 3g dietary fibre per bar (high fibre).
✅ Only 6g sugar per serve.
✅ incredibly low salt.
✅ gluten free for those that need.
✅ contains good fats and protein.

❌ only major downside is that they contain 15 % added sugar. However the protein and fat content will actually help to slow down the Glycaemic Index or GI (rate at which sugar goes into the blood stream).

🤔 I’m often told that people think this cereal is confusing as they think it’s high in added sugar........but is it???  ✔️great source of whole grains and fibre to support gut health (3/4 insoluble 1/4 soluble fibre)  ✔️reasonably low in salt (270mg/100g)  ✔️low in added sugar - over 2/3 of the sugar in this product comes from the sultanas (yes the naturally occurring sugar from fruit gets bundled into the “sugars” line)  ✔️has added iron, zinc and other B group vitamins  ✔️provides 4.3g protein per 3/4 cup serve (would be 9g protein with 1/2 cup milk added)  Verdict: 👍 Aside from some of the standouts such as Oats, Muesli and Weetbix, Sultana Bran is a pretty good breakfast cereal option!

🤔 I’m often told that people think this cereal is confusing as they think it’s high in added sugar........but is it???

✔️great source of whole grains and fibre to support gut health (3/4 insoluble 1/4 soluble fibre)

✔️reasonably low in salt (270mg/100g)

✔️low in added sugar - over 2/3 of the sugar in this product comes from the sultanas (yes the naturally occurring sugar from fruit gets bundled into the “sugars” line)

✔️has added iron, zinc and other B group vitamins

✔️provides 4.3g protein per 3/4 cup serve (would be 9g protein with 1/2 cup milk added)

Verdict: 👍
Aside from some of the standouts such as Oats, Muesli and Weetbix, Sultana Bran is a pretty good breakfast cereal option!

Bottom Line: try to put it with something nutritious, because it doesn’t have much going for it when eaten alone!  ❌ highly processed (looks nothing like a grain of brown rice!)  ❌ High GI (bad for blood sugar levels)  ❌very very low in fibre (so low they don’t even declare it!) 🤔  ❌Only 4% vegetables 😯.... which have then been highly processed.  ❌salt (sodium) is getting a bit too high (445mg per 100g).  ✅ Low in added sugar (but super refined/processed).  ✅ Gluten free (if you need it).  ✅ Free from palm oil  I would use these either dipped in hommus, or on a platter of chopped raw veg, cheese and other healthy food!

Bottom Line: try to put it with something nutritious, because it doesn’t have much going for it when eaten alone!

❌ highly processed (looks nothing like a grain of brown rice!)

❌ High GI (bad for blood sugar levels)

❌very very low in fibre (so low they don’t even declare it!) 🤔

❌Only 4% vegetables 😯.... which have then been highly processed.

❌salt (sodium) is getting a bit too high (445mg per 100g).

✅ Low in added sugar (but super refined/processed).

✅ Gluten free (if you need it).

✅ Free from palm oil

I would use these either dipped in hommus, or on a platter of chopped raw veg, cheese and other healthy food!

Everyday or sometimes?....the answer is sometimes.  My little man has been loving these for the past few weeks, however this will be the last box I buy for a little while, as they are just a bit too high in sugar for my liking.  ❌over 20% added sugar (ie over 20g sugar per 100g)  ❌ less than 50% whole grain - bit too processed.  ✅ reasonable fibre intake (>3g per serve) ✅ added iron, zinc and other vitamins.  It does taste yummy and def. not the worst option out there by a long shot!  Better options for back to school include: porridge (oats), muesli (even Bircher), Weetbix, Sultana Bran, Guardian or All Bran.

Everyday or sometimes?....the answer is sometimes.

My little man has been loving these for the past few weeks, however this will be the last box I buy for a little while, as they are just a bit too high in sugar for my liking.

❌over 20% added sugar (ie over 20g sugar per 100g)

❌ less than 50% whole grain - bit too processed.

✅ reasonable fibre intake (>3g per serve)
✅ added iron, zinc and other vitamins.

It does taste yummy and def. not the worst option out there by a long shot!

Better options for back to school include: porridge (oats), muesli (even Bircher), Weetbix, Sultana Bran, Guardian or All Bran.

🍦 Ice cream and summer go hand in hand, but how do you keep the sugar load low when the kids are nagging you for yet another ice cream on a hot summers day ☀️  ❓ What is the best “shop freezer” ice cream option (aside from frozen yoghurt).  🍦 Comparing the options, Dixie cups are one of the best options as they are one of the lowest in sugar (per serve) and are a relatively small serve size. They are also gluten free.  🍦 Paddle pop ice creams are also one of the lower sugar options.  🍦 Best way to compare them yourself is to look at the sugar content “per serve”.

🍦 Ice cream and summer go hand in hand, but how do you keep the sugar load low when the kids are nagging you for yet another ice cream on a hot summers day ☀️

❓ What is the best “shop freezer” ice cream option (aside from frozen yoghurt).

🍦 Comparing the options, Dixie cups are one of the best options as they are one of the lowest in sugar (per serve) and are a relatively small serve size. They are also gluten free.

🍦 Paddle pop ice creams are also one of the lower sugar options.

🍦 Best way to compare them yourself is to look at the sugar content “per serve”.

What do I think of these? .....👎  Good points: not many 😬..  ✅ Not genetically modified ✅ Low in salt  Bad points:  ❌ Loaded with added sugar (30%) ❌ High in saturated fat  ❌ Processed refined carbs (even if it says brown rice) ❌ Low in fibre ❌ Low in nutrients

What do I think of these? .....👎

Good points: not many 😬..

✅ Not genetically modified
✅ Low in salt

Bad points:

❌ Loaded with added sugar (30%)
❌ High in saturated fat
❌ Processed refined carbs (even if it says brown rice)
❌ Low in fibre
❌ Low in nutrients

👍This lightly salted popcorn is a reasonable kids snack for some days of the week.  ✅high in whole grains  ✅reasonable source of fibre  ✅reasonable salt content  ✅contains other nutrients (in smaller quantities) such as B group vitamins, magnesium, zinc and iron  ✅basically no trans fat  ✅low in sugar  🍎Whilst it doesn’t compete with whole foods such as fruit, veggies and nuts as snacks, it beats most other packaged carbohydrate kids snacks on the shelves!

👍This lightly salted popcorn is a reasonable kids snack for some days of the week.

✅high in whole grains
✅reasonable source of fibre
✅reasonable salt content
✅contains other nutrients (in smaller quantities) such as B group vitamins, magnesium, zinc and iron
✅basically no trans fat
✅low in sugar

🍎Whilst it doesn’t compete with whole foods such as fruit, veggies and nuts as snacks, it beats most other packaged carbohydrate kids snacks on the shelves!

🐵Messy Monkey Food review!🐵  ❌relatively low in whole grains at 36% and quite processed  ❌salt is a little too high (usually use cut off around 300mg per 100g)  ❌not a great source of fibre  ✅natural flavours  ✅nut free  ✅low in sugar  🔍The verdict: as they would say in Italy “ cosi’ cosi’ “....meaning these are a “so so” snack- not amazing and not terrible!

🐵Messy Monkey Food review!🐵

❌relatively low in whole grains at 36% and quite processed

❌salt is a little too high (usually use cut off around 300mg per 100g)

❌not a great source of fibre

✅natural flavours

✅nut free

✅low in sugar

🔍The verdict: as they would say in Italy “ cosi’ cosi’ “....meaning these are a “so so” snack- not amazing and not terrible!

👏its a yes for this one- good breakfast cereal option for the kids  ✅high in wholegrains.  ✅reasonably low sugar  ✅super high in fibre- great for gut health  ✅low GI.  ✅low in salt.  ✅tastes good.  ✅added B group vitamins.  ✅added iron- for those fussy eaters.

👏its a yes for this one- good breakfast cereal option for the kids

✅high in wholegrains.
✅reasonably low sugar
✅super high in fibre- great for gut health
✅low GI.
✅low in salt.
✅tastes good.
✅added B group vitamins.
✅added iron- for those fussy eaters.

🏆These healthy snacks get five stars for a reason 🏆  ✅they are dried legumes - high in fibre, good for gut health  ✅reasonable salt content for a kids snack  ✅natural flavourings  ✅nut free for school  ✅gluten free for people with Coeliac  ✅made in australia  ✅GMO free

🏆These healthy snacks get five stars for a reason 🏆

✅they are dried legumes - high in fibre, good for gut health

✅reasonable salt content for a kids snack

✅natural flavourings

✅nut free for school

✅gluten free for people with Coeliac

✅made in australia

✅GMO free

Label reading for Muesli bars- what a minefield!!  ✅these Carman’s ones are a pretty good option as they are quite low in added sugar and a good source of whole grains  ✅compare muesli bars by looking at the sugar per 100g and generally go for the lowest option  ✅remember though- if the muesli bar contains fruit, the natural fruit sugar is included in the sugars line  ✅in this situation check out the ingredients list and see whether fruit sits before sugar in the ingredients list (ingredients are listed from largest to smallest ingredient)  ❌generally avoid those with 20g of sugar or more per 100g  ✅check for whole grain content (in the ingredients list) and go for the highest  ✅check fibre per serve (per bar) to see what benefit your child gets from the actual muesli bar - 3g of fibre or more per serve is good.  ✅you don’t generally need to worry about fat or sodium (salt) in muesli bars

Label reading for Muesli bars- what a minefield!!

✅these Carman’s ones are a pretty good option as they are quite low in added sugar and a good source of whole grains

✅compare muesli bars by looking at the sugar per 100g and generally go for the lowest option

✅remember though- if the muesli bar contains fruit, the natural fruit sugar is included in the sugars line

✅in this situation check out the ingredients list and see whether fruit sits before sugar in the ingredients list (ingredients are listed from largest to smallest ingredient)

❌generally avoid those with 20g of sugar or more per 100g

✅check for whole grain content (in the ingredients list) and go for the highest

✅check fibre per serve (per bar) to see what benefit your child gets from the actual muesli bar - 3g of fibre or more per serve is good.

✅you don’t generally need to worry about fat or sodium (salt) in muesli bars

🐠So what do we think about these little fishies?🐠  🐟The bottom line is they are a “sometimes” dinner  Good parts: ✅Salt and sugar not too high ✅have a sniff of veggies (21%- but mostly potato) for those super fussy eaters ✅has 28% fish (Hoki) in them -for those kids that are not big fish fans  ✅MSC (sustainably caught)  Bad parts: ❌only 28% fish and almost 50% wheat ingredients  ❌made from local and imported ingredients  ❌most of the fat comes from the canola oil added, not the natural fish oils (EPA/DHA)  🐠to make this meal healthier, I served with: a side of steamed broccoli (with lemon 🍋and EVOO), 🌶raw capsicum 🌶 🌽Steamed corn 🌽 A few potatoes (fried in EVOO) for my daughter- she’s a massive potato fan!

🐠So what do we think about these little fishies?🐠

🐟The bottom line is they are a “sometimes” dinner

Good parts:
✅Salt and sugar not too high
✅have a sniff of veggies (21%- but mostly potato) for those super fussy eaters
✅has 28% fish (Hoki) in them -for those kids that are not big fish fans
✅MSC (sustainably caught)

Bad parts:
❌only 28% fish and almost 50% wheat ingredients
❌made from local and imported ingredients
❌most of the fat comes from the canola oil added, not the natural fish oils (EPA/DHA)

🐠to make this meal healthier, I served with:
a side of steamed broccoli (with lemon 🍋and EVOO),
🌶raw capsicum 🌶
🌽Steamed corn 🌽
A few potatoes (fried in EVOO) for my daughter- she’s a massive potato fan!

We all need a quick and easy go to kids dinner don’t we! .....This is a good option for “that meal”  ✅quick and easy- cooks in 5 mins  ✅low GI carbohydrate ✅reasonable salt content ✅reasonable fibre content ✅has a “sniff” of added meat and veggies - ok for “that meal” ✅low in sugar  ❌not a great source of added nutrients as very low in meat (10% beef) and vegetables (10% total) ....you can’t really count them as significant in terms of daily intake  🍝Bottom line - this is are good option for that “quick and easy” meal when the alternative is takeaway!  🍝serving with a tomato based sauce +/- a carrot grated in will further improve this dish!

We all need a quick and easy go to kids dinner don’t we! .....This is a good option for “that meal”

✅quick and easy- cooks in 5 mins
✅low GI carbohydrate
✅reasonable salt content
✅reasonable fibre content
✅has a “sniff” of added meat and veggies - ok for “that meal”
✅low in sugar

❌not a great source of added nutrients as very low in meat (10% beef) and vegetables (10% total) ....you can’t really count them as significant in terms of daily intake

🍝Bottom line - this is are good option for that “quick and easy” meal when the alternative is takeaway!

🍝serving with a tomato based sauce +/- a carrot grated in will further improve this dish!