Friday, 29 November 2013

Little Bellies Choo Chews

I received a sample box of little goodies from Little Bellies and you can receive one too! (Link at the bottom of this post.) There is too much in the range to fit into one post, so I'm reviewing each of the product categories separately. Today is ChooChews day!

OK, the Fruity Choo Chews (in the middle above) were not my favourite. Texture wise they are fine, but the flavour just doesn't do it for me. I'm not sure if it's the strong raisin flavour, or not, but it's just not my cup of tea. There is 86% organic dried fruit in these little babies so they do taste super fruity. Texture wise they are just what you'd expect from a bar that is mostly dried fruit. Looking at the nutrition panel (per 100g) there's 2.9g fat (0.6g saturated), 6.6g fibre, 50mg sodium and 41.3g sugar (over 99% of which comes from that huge whack of fruit). Compared to the recommendations from the RHealth keyring cheat guide these are a fantastic little snack (knowing that the sugar content is mostly from the fruit).

The Crispy Choo Chews are a relatively new line and I'm undecided as to how frequently these will end up in my shopping trolley. If you have a fan of LCMs, these are certainly a healthier option. With (per 100g) 11.5g of fat (4.7 saturated), 22.2g sugar, 3.6g fibre, 107mg sodium I feel much happier serving these to Miss M before she tries the other sugar laden snack bars on the market. They are sweet enough that Miss M feels like she's getting a treat without being so full of sugar that she bounces off the walls for hours later. Size wise comparing to the LCMs which are 22g each, the Crispy Chews are a small 10g each. I suppose it depends on your little one's appetite, but as a treat size I think they are perfect.

The Muesli Choo Chews I *love*!! They are purely & simply yummy! They contain 18% dried fruit and are suitably sweet (39g/100g sugar). I'm kind of glad they come individually wrapped so I'm not tempted to eat the whole box. These are a lovely soft style muesli bar as opposed to the crunchy style you can get in the school lunch aisle. Total fat of 4.8g (0.8g saturated) 6.0g fibre & 26mg sodium round these out to a snack I can happily serve up to Miss M.

  • Made in Australia from imported & local ingredients
  • No added sugar, artificial colours or flavours (Fruit Chews)
  • No preservatives, artificial colours of flavours (Muesli & CrispyChews)
  • Individually wrapped toddler sized bars
  • Certified Organic
Loving a little less, but liveable:
  • Price wise these are a little more expensive than your average snack bar, but the snack aisle bars do go on special a lot more

I won't be buying the Fruit chews, but the Crispy and the Muesli Chews will certainly be added to our shopping list from time to time.

Would you like to try some Little Bellies little goodies? Enter our giveaway in this previous post for your chance to win a $50 Little Bellies Snack Pack.

Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page. I am not a nutritionist or dietician. Please use your own judgement when choosing foods for your family.


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches and Little Bellies who generously sent me samples and provided the prize/s for this giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own, based on personal experience with the product. Reference materials GoScan1Australia App, FoodSwitch App and RHealth keyring cheat guide.

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